Posts from October 2020

Posts from October 2020

Christmas in October

For the past month-and-a-half Christine and I have been working on our Christmas Eve Family Service.  Not only contemplating how Covid will make it different this year, but what we want to talk about and focus on, and how kids and students might be able to be involved.  This has been a somewhat new experience for me, since I am usually pretty strict on when I let myself begin to celebrate holidays.  I don’t like to listen to Christmas music…

Bitesize Chunks

In the early hours of Tuesday morning, February 25, 2020, Anders Hoffman completed Project Iceman. Just under 73 hours after starting (including 27 hours sheltering from a blizzard), he had finished the first Ironman-distance triathlon in Antarctica. There were many points when he thought he wouldn’t make it, his body constantly telling him to give up. The only way through was to divide the distance into manageable chunks and just get through that next chunk. This is what he’d done…

The Great Exchange

Our men’s group studied Romans 1:18-23 this week.  In this passage, Paul explains how sinful humanity exchanges the worship of God, their creator, for the worship of creatures.  In other words, humanity exchanges true worship for idolatry.  It began in the garden when Adam and Eve were deceived, and exchanged the truth of God for a lie.  They exchanged their loyalty to God for loyalty to themselves and self-preservation.  This downward exchange continues to this day in all sorts of…

The Apostles’ Creed

Several weeks ago, we recited the Apostles’ Creed during a worship service. In preparation for that service and afterwards, I talked with a few pastors about the significance of the Creed. These conversations prompted me to start memorizing it, and to encourage you to join me!   Bernard wisely says that “Though liturgy often gets a bad rap, much thought went into prayers and creeds we’re familiar with, like the Lord’s Prayer, the Apostles’ Creed, and the Nicene Creed. There…

Embracing the Unreasonable

Last week before our Livestream recording I shared with the gathered worship team the following. My wife Milann and I are very close to Dave and Linda Doolin. As many of you know, they recently moved to Oregon. The Doolin’s arrived safely, but the moving van and all their possessions were consumed in a firestorm. Everyone on the music team at one time or another have had fellowship in their home. Dave and Linda are the ultimate hosts, welcoming every…

New Wine is for Fresh Wineskins

This week in Women’s Bible Studies, part of our lesson was from Mark 2:18-22.  When Jesus is asked why his disciples do not fast, he explains that the wedding guests don’t fast while the bridegroom is with them.  Jesus is proclaiming he’s the bridegroom and while he’s with the people, it’s not time to fast but to feast and fasting will come when he’s taken away. Then Jesus speaks of patching an old garment with new fabric and how it won’t hold.  Nor…