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Share the Joy

This is a season of joy. This call to joy was announced by the angel so beautifully- I bring you good news of great joy (Luke 2:10). Great joy, mega joy to all people- no one is omitted. The abiding, substantial reality of Christmas is set ablaze by the richness and warmth of the revelation…

Oil in My Lamp

I remember a song from my childhood called; Give Me Oil in my Lamp Keep me Burning. We added some lyrics: give me wax on my board; keep me surfing for the Lord. Or, give me gas in my Ford, keep me truckin’ for the Lord. And then, give me umption in my gumption, help…

Everywhere I go they serve tea …

An old bishop who complained he wasn’t having the same kind of impact as the apostles said, ‘everywhere St. Paul went there was a riot. Everywhere I go they serve tea.’ It wasn’t just Paul. Apostles Peter and John had created quite the commotion as well. The events of Acts 3, the healing of a…

Early Church Landmarks

I turned 39 this summer and I can’t remember a time when the local church wasn’t a big part of my life. There is a tendency that those of us who have been attending church for a long time need to be cautious about. That tendency is to identify church only by what we saw…

When Does Middle Age Begin?

I often stop to think about how quickly time passes. I turned 39 this past summer. Given the average life expectancy, I suppose I’m just about middle age now. Soon time to buy a Harley. According to one survey of 2,000 adults one is middle aged if they enjoy afternoon naps, moan when they bend…

Airport Run

I did an early morning airport run today. It was still dark, quiet, and best of all no traffic delays. St. John’s is a different city at 5AM. After dropping off our weekend ministry guest at the airport, I picked up a coffee and decided to head back to the office. It was there I…

Busy Does Not Mean Progress

This morning I read the Apostle Paul’s request for prayer recorded in 2 Thessalonians 3:1. Paul writes, “Finally, brothers, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may speed ahead and be honored . . .” Most local churches are busy places. A quick look at our website, for example, shows a wide range…

Simple Faith

Tucked away in the pages of the Old Testament is the book of Micah. Micah doesn’t get the same kind of press as the more famous Isaiah but yet his words still pack a serious punch. Of note is that the book of Micah provides one of the most important prophecies of Jesus’s Christ’s birth…

And we’re off . . .

September is when life returns to a more normal rhythm. The sometimes slower pace of summer gives way to a more structured and rapid way of life. I read a brief article recently called, Learning to Embrace the In-Between. It can be exciting to begin a new project. And, finishing a project is very fulfilling….