Right Here and Now for Tomorrow We Die

I am thankful for the Church. I have been an under-shepherd of Jesus Christ and His Church since June 2008 and have been privileged to serve 2 church families during that time. Before then, I’ve worked within youth ministry, cross-cultural ministry, urban and inner-city ministry, rural ministry, I’ve been a part of big, big, big…

Don’t Go To Church, This Is Why

“We’ve got to get ready to go to church this morning,” I urge my kids when it’s still dark outside on a Sunday morning and they move with much groaning and protesting. Or someone will share with me, I’m sorry we missed church on Sunday or we won’t be in church next week because we’re…

Why It’s Good To Be Here

Lord, it is good to be here! I love those words of Peter on the mount of Transfiguration, when for a moment the veil separating heaven and earth was lifted and Peter saw Jesus in His glory. It is good to be here. But there is another place where those words are said, a place…

7 Reasons to Love Worshipping Together

Why do we worship together? The Lord commanded us to. Not because God needs our worship but we need to be in worship with a church family, because… -In worship is where God has promised to meet you through His Word and through His Sacraments. -you grow in your trust and knowledge of who God…

Startling reasons people race out in the freezing cold for…

A man clad only in boxer shorts stopped a thief from stealing his car in southern Norway – by clinging on to the roof in a hair-raising ride at -17C. Police say the owner was left “pretty bloody” after the car crashed into a safety barrier on a bridge. A suspect has been taken into police…

Phil’s Quick Thought… You are needed, seriously…

You are needed and wanted, seriously! I really mean that. We all have a variety of things that stop us from being a regular part of a church family, most of them not so good and some legitimate but need to be worked through. With that said, you are important to the church family, yes…

Not Alone During Christmas

Walking through the nursing home years ago, still a fresh and green pastor, on my way to visit a parishioner in rehab. I never spent a lot of time in nursing homes before this, hospitals yes, but never nursing homes. I didn’t know, I didn’t realize how many grandmas and grandpas, honored veterans and someone’s…

2+2=Jesus, Meditation on Applying Jesus

Learning and doing math is not and has never been one of my strong points. All through school, reading, English, lit, history, those were always the things I enjoyed and did well at, then came Math and I didn’t care as much. What am I supposed to do with this stuff anyways?! So not only…

Eat the Dust… meditation

The steadfast love of the Lord remains. What happens when it all falls apart around you, the structures and buildings, the foundations and the life you have built, when you lose what you wanted to be secure, what happens when it all falls apart around you? What happens when you get what you want and…