The Jesus Challenge 2020

Welcome to the Year 2020. In the spirit of actress Bette Davis: “Fasten your seatbelts, folks. It’s going to be a bumpy ride!” It is an election year, and after all the finger pointing, scandals, accusations, counter accusations, and impeachment hearings of 2019, we would be naive to think it’s not going to get ugly.... Continue Reading →

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As The Walls Crumble…

I'm sure you've seen the footage on the news of the great cathedral of Notre Dame burning. The world seemed to react in horror and concern, mobilizing millions of dollars overnight to save and restore the art and architecture. Most of the commentary focused on the cathedral's place in history rather than its necessary mission... Continue Reading →

My First Inner Failure of Lent

I had a good day today. I spent a lot of time in prayer. I went deep to really connect with the Holy Spirit within. St. Theophan the Recluse used to call it "standing before God with the mind in the heart." It's descending from the mind through the heart into the soul where the... Continue Reading →

I Must Be God’s Slumlord.

As I shared on Tuesday, my Lenten work this year is to figure out what it really means to be "a temple of the Holy Spirit." I've really let the temple go, so I'm obviously going to be taking care of some deferred maintenance through eating right and getting some exercise. More importantly, I have... Continue Reading →

I Don’t Like Being Dust

We teach in 5x5 that “Nothing lasts forever.” That’s the Fifth Undeniable Truth. We are mortal. We will all die. A lot of people are freaked out by that. As pastor, I can see the look in their eyes when I place the ashes on their forehead and say “You are dust, and to dust... Continue Reading →

Fat Tuesday

Today is Fat Tuesday and I’m fat enough as it, thank you. Perhaps you know the day by its more fashionable name Mardi Gras. (Everything sounds better in French.) It has always been a day to let it all hang out before forty days of introspection and self denial during Lent. You eat up everything... Continue Reading →

A Masterpiece Takes Time

August 15, 1248 was a very big day for the city of Cologne Germany. They were planning to build a grand cathedral to honor the Risen Christ, and on this day...August 15, 1248...They laid the foundation stone. Hundreds of workers were hired from the surrounding area to cut the massive stone out of local quarries,... Continue Reading →

The Savior’s Apprentice

The disciples carefully watched everything Jesus did. They shadowed Jesus as He travelled from town to town, teaching and healing those who were sick. Then, they helped Him feed the hungry by passing out the loaves and fish. They served together with Jesus, side by side. But the day finally came when the only way... Continue Reading →

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