THE PIVOT

This past year, in the weeks leading up to Christmas, we were singing a hymn in worship and I noticed that the first verse was about angels announcing the birth of Christ.  The very next verse was how Christ came to earth to die so could live forever.  I thoug...

THE NEW MATH - 

There is a debate at Seminaries about the nature of Jesus.  This belief structure about the nature of Jesus is called a Christology or Christ-ology.  One way to characterize them is a, “High Christology” and a, “Low Christology.”  Another, less helpful w...

We Believe In Jesus

MULTI COLORED AFROS

It seems like believing in Jesus is a pretty straight forward thing. I remember watching the Super Bowl as a kid and seeing a guy with a multi-colored afro wig. He had a sign that said, “Jesus Saves.” and, “John 3:16.” I remember f...

AND FILLS US WITH WONDER 

We have been created with a complexity and creativity that makes us wonder about the creator.  We too have the ability to create wonderful things, some of which make people wonder about us.  We have this line in our creed because we want to aff...

And Through Us

SOMETIMES IT WORKS

A few years back I had the great opportunity to coach 5th and 6th grade basketball.  It was one of the best growing experiences of my life.  I got to watch, as my team came together and put into action, the plan I had tried to instill in...

SOMEBODY GET THE ROPE

God has come along way.  At one time the Hebrew’s believed that a High Priest was needed to communicate with God.  It probably began with Moses going up onto Mt. Sinai to meet with God on behalf of the Isrealites.  Later when they wandered in the d...

February 27, 2018

GIFTING THE CALLED

My good friend, Rich Melheim, often says, “God gifts the called, rather than only calling the gifted.”  In my brief time as a pastor, I have found this to be true.  I have seen people, who may not be an obvious choice, find that in taking on a new cha...

February 26, 2018

Who believes in us, TRUSTS US, and empowers us…

GOD TRUSTS US???

We affirm in this creed that not only are we are to trust God, but that God trusts us.  I can’t imagine what it would take for God to put the future of Christianity into the hands of the believers.  Even mo...

February 25, 2018

Who believes in us

CREEDS

It could be said that a creed is a statement of what we believe.  In all the major creeds of the church we confess what we believe about God.  In this creed, we also wanted to affirm that God believes in us.  By affirming that God believes in us...

February 23, 2018

Who's Love is the Life Force of the Universe

WHAT WE NEED

I sometimes wish I had become a scientist.  I have always been fascinated with the complexity of human biology, though I didn’t do well in my Biology 101 class at Carthage College.  Probably because it was an Eigh...

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