Has there ever been a more imperfect organization than the church? From the earliest accounts things were flawed in the church. Nothing has changed. Just read the headlines. From Catholics to Methodists to Evangelical Christians, we all have issues. I've been a part of the church my whole life and have witnessed plenty of what… Continue reading Why Church?
This past Sunday was our celebration of graduating high school seniors at church. We are graduating our third child on Thursday and about to have an empty nest. We have had a child in our home non-stop for 29 years, so yes, an empty nest is going to be fun/strange/sad/happy/quiet; so many things to feel. Seriously. Imagine all of… Continue reading What the High School Students Taught Me
When I was a little girl the church we attended had a children's church. It was not at all like children's ministry today with colorful murals, indoor playgrounds, kid-friendly music and cool video based Bible lessons. It was called "Little Church" and it was literally a tiny child-sized sanctuary with little pews, a little pulpit and little… Continue reading Leaning
Holy week is crunch time for pastors. Crunch time is defined as a critical period of time during which it is necessary to work hard and fast. I don't know why I count up such things but at our place, Holy Week equals 16 worship services, 2 egg hunts, baptisms, a lot of communion and… Continue reading Crunch Time
Soon we will begin a new sermon series at church, Confessions from the Pastors. I told my clergy colleagues I wasn't comfortable confessing things before God and everybody. One mentioned, "Isn't that what a confession is? Something you are uncomfortable admitting to God and others?" I hate it when one of them is right...it is so rare it… Continue reading Confessions From a Pastor