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 GodContinue reading “7 Reasons to Love Worshipping Together”

House of Grace (or where you live in your faith life actually matters)

Being a landlord is an adventure I never wanted to experience but one that was thrown upon me by necessity. We bought our house in New Jersey before the financial bubble burst with every intent of staying there for a very long time but both God and life, as happens, had other plans. But thenContinue reading “House of Grace (or where you live in your faith life actually matters)”

Cake…

I’m thinking about never eating cake again. Well, probably not never, probably will have some this weekend at a birthday party, but at least never see cake the same way again. Maybe you’ve heard about the whole Christian baker not wanting to bake a cake for a gay wedding because she felt it was againstContinue reading “Cake…”

Only a man…

Last week, I realized once again why I don’t watch daytime TV. All of us had just finished a run of the stomach flu that the kids brought home from school, like the little Petri dishes that they are. The kids were finally better enough to get back to class but Shi and I wereContinue reading “Only a man…”

Where you are planted…

When Shiloh and I bought our first home in Galloway NJ, we planted a tree. I remember the experience because it was one of those first big kinds of milestones in our life. We had been living in dorms and then apartments, then rented houses, but now this was our house, it was exciting andContinue reading “Where you are planted…”

The Key

This weeks meditation is from Matthew 16:13-20. I remember my first year of marriage with Shi, that year when you begin to really realize what it’s like living with a different person. I left the toilet seat up and she put it down. I left the cap off of the tube of toothpaste, which droveContinue reading “The Key”

“Love Goes…”

God is love. I want you to think about what love does. We have a beautiful list in Holy Scripture that is recounted at nearly every Christian wedding, called the way of love from I Corinthians 13 Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. ItContinue reading ““Love Goes…””

“They thought they were drunk…”

“They thought they were drunk…” Sometimes, people who haven’t actually read the Bible come up with this rather silly notion, that the Bible was written much later than it was, written by the winners of history (so to speak) to make the disciples and the Christian faith look good. So, we don’t actually have toContinue reading ““They thought they were drunk…””

“What you say matters”

What you say matters. Obviously, right? Maybe not always? We were raised with useless rhymes like “sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me.” But we know deep down inside that words hurt more than sticks and stones ever could. Words shape the core of who we are. Words canContinue reading ““What you say matters””

“For Jessica”

“So… what’s next?” This past week I travelled for a very brief trip to visit some good friends, friends who became family kind of friends, in Alabama. Their youngest daughter Jessica was graduating from High School and I made a promise a long time ago that I would see her walk. The next day whileContinue reading ““For Jessica””