Talk is cheap. Actions speak louder than words. Or as Rachel Held Evans (an amazing Christian author who died suddenly this past week) has said: Christianity isn’t meant to simply be believed; it’s meant to be lived, shared, eaten, spoken, and enacted in the presence of other people. Rachel Held Evans passing this week is a true loss for the modern church. Yet her contributions to building the kingdom of God through her written witness to faith, spirituality and the church remain a treasure for all of us. Today, I invite you......
Summary of Back In The Day Series Week 1 – Back in the day, we walked to school 12 miles barefoot up hill both ways. We discovered the ethic of hard work in this phrase and we wrestled with the fear behind the saying that our society has lost that work ethic today in spite of the fact the people work more hours, longer and more on their weekly agendas than ever before in the last 75 years. And we found guidance for managing that fear in the the story of Moses as we......
Have you see the movie The Greatest Showman? We just watched it for our movie night at The Cellar. It is a fictional story based on some history about PT Barnum. It is basically historical fiction. In the story, Barnum brings together people who are different. Specifically, he creates a lace in society for people who have been cast out of society. And Barnum makes these outcasts the stars of his show. You have to watch it – a beautiful story of grace and acceptance. (Yes, there are problems in the story......
Love isn’t a state of perfect caring. It is an active noun like “struggle.” To love someone is to strive to accept that person exactly the way he or she is, right here, right now. – Fred Rogers So football season is about to start. And I am a big West Virginia University Mountaineer fane! But my wife’s family lives in Virginia Tech country. Folks that cheer for Tech call themselves Hokies. Do you know what a Hokie is? The common understanding is that it is a male turkey who is…well…missing his reproductive......
There is a special relationship between mother and child. (I know…kinda a weird way to start out a Father’s Day message. Just bear with me!) Our mother is our first home. She’s the first source of nourishment and protection as we are in her womb. We are physically bonded with our mother in a symbiotic relationship. We cannot survive without our mother. Once we are born that bond is developed further through the intimate act of breastfeeding which connects mother and child physically, emotionally and even spiritually. I say this not so......
One early evening on a lonely country road, an old man was standing on a bridge, high above a deep river. He had just dropped a pebble over the railing to see how long it would take to hit the water. As he watched the ripples fanning out, along came a pickup truck. It slowly came to a stop, but the motor kept running. The old man noticed the name painted on the door: Jack’s Greenhouse Nurseries. Walking up to the window, he saw a man behind the wheel with his head......
I am dumbfounded. And it’s because of my kids. You know how kids…especially siblings…play together, right? Sometimes they play like they really love one another. And sometimes they play like they hate each other. Most of the time it’s somewhere in between. My two older girls will start out playing nice. They’re on the same page having fun. Joy Kate is princess Elsa and Nora is princess Ana. They get rambunctious acting out a scene from their favorite movie Frozen. They get further and further into the story, and then it happens. Joy Kate –......
Sometimes at the most tragic moments of life, we need something fun, something funny, something entertaining to pull us back from the dead and dying into the life we are living. So, I have figure out exactly how to do this and I am here today to impart this incredible knowledge to you. It’s really simple and it has been right in front of us all along and you are gonna kick yourself when you realize. You and I were first presented with the idea on January 25, 1987. I know right,......
When they were approaching Jerusalem, at Bethphage and Bethany, near the Mount of Olives, sent two of his disciples and said to them, “Go into the village ahead of you, and immediately as you enter it, you will find tied there a colt that has never been ridden; untie it and bring it. If anyone says to you, ‘Why are you doing this?’ just say this, ‘The Lord needs it and will send it back here immediately.’ ” They went away and found a colt tied near a door, outside in......
We spent a good amount of time last year working on our church mission statement. Our mission is to serve Christ by mutually supporting one another and embodying God’s grace and love for all This is a great mission statement, and we spent time on this for good reason. It helps us clarify and connect to our sense of shared purpose and calling. It gives us a practical way of thinking through the things we consider doing and saying in our church community. But we also need a reminder. We are not......