Adoption and Church

Watch the video first: Obviously, the video is about adoption, but I want to suggest this is a picture of the church as well. The metaphor for the church being a family and us joined together in a diversity of cultures, backgrounds, gifts and handicaps. After all, we...

Why We Must Be Equals

We’ve been doing it since we were born. We see people and the way they dress, the color of their skin, how they carry themselves, and listen to their voices and what they say and we make snap judgments. Not moral judgments all the time, we’re just looking...

Sharing and Extending the Table

This past Thanksgiving Sunday, we joined together with the Hispanic congregation we share the building, Iglesia Pentecostes Uncion Divina. Since we moved to the location in 2010, this was our fifth time doing a joint English/Spanish worship service with our Latino...

Too Faithful to Fail

 I don’t think many of us can help it. “The church is the people, not the building.” We say that, sure. We may even believe it. But in many ways, in practical ways, it is certainly an organization. It’s definitely a non-profit corporation with...

A Father’s Day Post

Sunday was Father’s day, and it was an emotional day. I almost cried while leading worship during “How He Loves”. And the second time I could not even hold back.  As we prayed over our fathers, God prompted me to confess about how I talk to my dad.  Words are...

Connected to Women’s Liberation is Our Own…

In prepping for Sunday’s message on masculinity for Father’s Day, I ran across this wonderful TED Talk by Tony Porter: I loved the line where he connects women’s liberation with the liberation of men as well. It reveals a sense as sense that we are...

The Missional Quiz

In any organization, there is a tension between the focus on the mission and the survival of the institution. And it’s a good tension sometimes, one that asks the question of whether or not the vehicle we are in is the best way to get to where we want to go,...

June Challenge: Starting Your Day with Worship

Last Saturday, we stopped by a Corner Bakery opening near our neighborhood, and they were giving out complimentary breakfast and lunch as a practice for their staff.  That pretty much set my day on the right track.  After all, who wouldn’t be happy after a free...

The One Thing…

Being new to the role of a lead pastor, I have been seeking a lot of advice, reading lots of books, and soliciting a lot of advice. But recently, I’ve arrived at a fairly simple conclusion about it all. I need to remember the one thing. Do you know the one...

The Important Thing is Your Health

So this is the book that started it for me. Truth be told, I thought there were some other people who could really use learning about emotional healthy stuff and in order to ensure  they might read it, I offered to buy the book for a few of us and do a group study. It...