Category Archive: Faith

Trepidation

I write this article with a vague feeling of trepidation. We are once again celebrating Advent, a season which reminds us of God’s universal love and boundless grace, demonstrated by the birth of… Continue reading

They Had all Things in Common

Historical reporting presents a constricted view of the events and culture being described. Ultimately all history is a snapshot that, despite being worth a thousand words, cannot convey the actualities of the past.… Continue reading

A Passionate Church

Years ago, when I was struggling with the idea of becoming a pastor, I took a lay leadership class in one of our states larger cities. The host minster explained that 30 years… Continue reading

Reckless Driving

While driving to class in Kansas City recently I saw a car coming up from behind me dodging through traffic, changing lanes and driving recklessly. It almost clipped my bumper as it hurled… Continue reading

Want a Beer Pastor?

The question is often asked, “Are you comfortable in your own skin?” My answer is, “Sometimes.” As a pastoral leader I am often faced with uncomfortable and challenging situations. My responses require a… Continue reading

Then and Now

I constantly remind my congregation, and myself, that the events of the Bible happened thousands of years ago and that there has been a lot of history between us and Jesus. The scriptures… Continue reading

John Calvin and the Reform Tradition

If Martin Luther laid the foundation for the reform movement, than John Calvin, along with Huldrych Zwingli, were the primary builders of the new faith. After Zwingli’s death during the Second War of… Continue reading

Small Town Boy

An outsider in Jewish culture was someone who disobeyed the sacred Mosaic laws. Insiders lived carefully structured lives around the ancient traditions of Jewish faith. In the stratified society insiders made rules which… Continue reading

First Steps

First steps are always the most important. They may not seem significant but taking that first step is a commitment to follow a path toward either a certain or uncertain future. Lives will… Continue reading

Tackle Box Theology

Each Christmas I receive the same gift from my Father. It’s about the size of a paperback and    contains a fishing license and a lure. I don’t know if it will be spinner… Continue reading