Question: So a derecho (hurricane-strength, straight-line winds) comes through your city and your neighborhood and knocks lots of trees down at 10:30 at night during a June thunderstorm creating a disaster. Is God good? Answer: Absolutely! Question: During that storm or any other, if the tree falls where no one gets hurt, is God good?… Continue reading When a tree falls on your roof
Sometimes we read Scripture through the lens of the translator's headlines and miss what the author is saying. How does that affect our reading of Romans 1?
Paul talks a lot about the gospel in Romans. In the NIV the word comes up 12 times and 6 of them are in the first 17 verses of chapter 1. If we were to ask some questions of the text, one would be what is the gospel that Paul is talking about. The word… Continue reading The Gospel of God
This last Sunday Pastor KPaul started at the beginning of the book of Romans. It's the start of a journey that we will finish on December 31 of this year: studying the book of Romans together as a church. I'm excited about this year, and I hope you are too. Before we dive to deeply… Continue reading Romans is a letter
What will we study this year? How will we deepen our relationship with God this year?
Today is the last day of 2020. Since 2020 was such a spectacular year (cue the sarcasm), most of us can't wait for tomorrow. But I don't think things are suddenly going to be different in our world tomorrow. The only thing that will change at midnight is the date. Unless we decide to change… Continue reading Finishing 2020
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Galatians 5:22-23 This is a good verse to remember. These are the things by which we should be identified as Christians. Sadly, I have seen more of the opposite lately. Right above thess two verses it… Continue reading Fruit of the Spirit
The last time I wrote it was about grieving and lamenting loss, particularly loss because of COVID-19. Well here we are, three months later, and most things are still closed or cancelled. So because of COVID-19, I have too much time on my hands this summer. So what have I been doing during this time… Continue reading Lifelines
What do we do with the loss that we feel for the things corona virus has stolen from us?
My parents taught me by example in most things in life. And one thing I saw them do was attend funerals and go to visitations. They made time to go, not just for family, but for friends, for people from church and from work. They went out of their way to be there. I've known… Continue reading Presence