New Year, New Message Series, New Challenges

I knew this message series was coming… I just wasn’t sure what to call it.  As part of the “Original Blockbuster” mega-series taking us periodically through some of the most important stories from the Hebrew Scriptures (“Old Testament” is the more widely used term, but I prefer the other), we’re coming up on a difficult […]

Happy Thanksgiving!

I’m thankful to be a part of this church family!  So many reasons to be grateful, and so many great people to share it with… -Joe Psalm 100:4-5 (NLT) Enter his gates with thanksgiving; go into his courts with praise. Give thanks to him and praise his name. For the Lord is good.  His unfailing love continues […]

Fall 2014 Message Series

In September/October 2014, we’re going to spend some time in one of the most popular, yet most mysterious, letters the Apostle Paul ever wrote… Ephesians.  Known as “The Epistle To The Ephesians,” this book of the New Testament is referred to as the “Queen” of the Apostle Paul’s writings.  It’s popularity is due in part […]

Growing Roots

“Sugar and spice and everything nice… that’s what little girls are made of…” goes an old folk poem from the 19th century. Whatever. WOMEN(!) are made of ideas and thoughts, challenges and troubles, hopes and regrets, drama and joy, victories and dreams, complex emotions and simple desires (and vice versa)… most of all, we’re made in […]

Easter :: the story like you’ve never heard before…

The Bible isn’t the only place you can find out about what Jesus did, how He died, and the almost-over-night-explosion of people claiming to have seen Jesus resurrected from the dead.  It’s true!   A handful of contemporary sources cite both the Man and the Movement that worshiped him as God and spread the Good […]

The Blessing Wrapped In The Curse (or, Mary Comforts Eve)…

For anyone who knows the story of “The Fall” (in Genesis 3) as we’ve come to describe it, and “The Annunciation” (in Luke 1), this is a particularly moving piece of art.  I don’t know who made it, I don’t know when they made it, and I don’t know why they made it.  But I […]

Nicaragua Vision Trip :: Day One

We made it!  The Pathmakers Nicaragua Vision Trip 2013 Team made it safely into Managua, the capital city of the Central American county of Nicaragua.  In fact, the trip was largely uneventful, except for a little turbulence and a guy who tried to carry-off my carry-on luggage.  He still argued with me a little even […]