Pastor’s Blog

A Psalm a Day

Someone recently asked me where in the Bible it tells us to have a daily quiet time. To the surprise of many, perhaps, it doesn’t. That’s important to know in a day that popular Christian culture deems it a must. A daily quiet time is not an ordinary means of grace. This is not to

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To Vaccinate or Not?

That is the question for many. Another question is also circulating: how should I treat the unvaccinated (or vaccinated, depending on your perspective)? That’s an easier question to answer. You love them. It’s not complicated. The parable of the good Samaritan shows us that we are to love those who very well might be viewed

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The Practicality of Worship

When we think of attending a worship service, “practical” isn’t what generally comes to mind. Perhaps “obligatory” (for those who attend out of a sense of duty) or “beautiful” (for those who enjoy the music and aesthetics), or “helpful” (for those who appreciate the teaching) are more familiar words to associate with worship. And yet,

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How to Pray Regularly

Do you struggle with a habit of prayer? Many of us have this general notion that we ought to pray more than we do, but struggle to do it. Where do you start? Who should I pray for? What should I pray? Let me share what has helped me. In terms of when to pray and

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Following Jesus in 2019

seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness… There are so many things we can follow. We follow people on social media. We follow news outlets. We follow auctions. We follow the party line. We follow athletes and mentors and gurus. We follow career paths and education tracks. As believers of Jesus, we first

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Following Christ as King

He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.  (Lk 1:32–33) The beginning of the year is

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500 Years of Reformation

500 years ago Martin Luther invited the Church to discuss his theological concerns with the teaching and practice of the sale of indulgences (October 31, 1517). That invitation, delivered in the form of 95 theses nailed to the door (think prominent bulletin board) of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany, became the spark of the

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Thoughts on the Election

I have an endorsement for you this election: put your trust in God. If there is one thing Isaiah is teaching us that is applicable in this season it is this: Do not put your trust in princes (or presidents) but in God. No matter how bad things look circumstantially, God remains in complete control.

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Black vs. Blue vs. All Lives Matter

Tensions are high. Violence is spreading. People are taking sides and lobbing straw-man arguments at the other side. Some say “Black lives matter,” while others say “Blue lives matter,” and still others say “all lives matter.” The more passionate people grow in their position, the more they vilify the other side (or sides). What has

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Wine in the Cup

This Sunday (May 1) we will be adding wine to the tray for the Lord’s Supper so that wine and grape juice are both available. As we prepare to make the change, it’s important to talk about why. Why wine? The simplest and best answer is because that is what was in the cup at

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