Uncomfortable

We’ve all been there. Family. Friends. Circumstances. Places we’ve been.  Someone says something. Asks a question. Says something that you know will provoke others. And we start to shift a little in our seat.  Someone is wearing something; a rival team’s shirt, a slogan that is provocative, or something out of place. Something that justContinue reading “Uncomfortable”

A Sunday Prayer

Almighty God; you are holy. You are separate, apart from us. You are not tainted by our self-centeredness, our self-promotion, and our self-amusement. Yet, you seek us. You seek to join yourself to us. As we gather today it is our acknowledgement that we need your presence and your provision. You want and walked inContinue reading “A Sunday Prayer”

Jesus’ Faith

Luke 4:1-13, James 2:18-19 God is present. God is enough. For just a few moments let’s consider both of those phrases as we think of Jesus’ temptation in the wilderness. In Matthew 4, Mark 1, and Luke 4, we are told of Jesus going to the wilderness alone following his baptism by John. At theContinue reading “Jesus’ Faith”

Traveling Light

Reading through the Gospel of Luke we come upon a story that we’re not quite sure why it exists; the story of Jesus not traveling with his parents and at the age of 12 staying behind in Jerusalem and being found three days later sitting in the Temple courtyard conversing with the religious leaders. DidContinue reading “Traveling Light”

Existence | It’s Not What You Think

For a child of God there is an alternate reality. In that reality our existence is never threatened. This is not because we ‘get to go to Heaven when we die’ but rather because as we live in the existence and reality of God’s presence we experience the Kingdom of God on this earth. ItContinue reading “Existence | It’s Not What You Think”

Time and Introspection

  Monday for our family this week was grocery shopping day. Christy and I met up at Kroger during our lunch break to fill a cart to help keep our children fed. As is normally the case, when I put the groceries away I found opened boxes of different items that had been abandoned overContinue reading “Time and Introspection”

Limiting Others: A Reflection

It’s a long story, so I will attempt to keep it short. A few months back I decided I wanted to do a series on how friendships with Jesus changed and challenged people. It was something that challenged me to look at how Jesus interacted with specific people. It also revealed his humanity that heContinue reading “Limiting Others: A Reflection”

Blocked View: Analysis Paralysis

It has been often and well said that one of the reasons that adult men love sports is that they are taken back to their childhood so quickly and easily. Probably so. There is, however, that point when our analysis of sporting events causes us to miss the obvious happening in front of us. SuchContinue reading “Blocked View: Analysis Paralysis”

My Missing Ingredient

Now, if you have been around me lately, and you see the glass of tea above, you will assume that the missing ingredient is sugar. You would be correct, partially. There’s a little more to the story. For the last year a glass of sweetened tea has not been consumed by myself. Realizing that IContinue reading “My Missing Ingredient”