“What Colin Has Taught Me” or “A Child-like Faith Role Model”

no prescription cialis=”” width=”300″ height=”165″ /> Last Sunday someone spoke highly of my eight year old son, Colin. This person said, “there is something spiritual about Colin.” I, of course, took this as a complement and was glad to hear that folks have a positive perception on my child. On the other hand, I quickly asked the person if they would like to come to the house at homework time. Colin is not unlike every other child who at times seems to have horns, not a halo. Continue reading

What is Easter? A video reflection

Check out this brief video reflection on Holy Week and Easter I created as a way of sharing a few thoughts on each day of Holy Week including Easter.

Spiritual Growth… A Journey of Faith and Fun

Today, I have been thinking about the continual need for spiritual growth. This is partially due to the fact that the word “journey” comes to mind when we are talking about Lent. We are not people who live in a journey culture. We live in a destination culture. Our lives are not spent appreciating the view, but are fully focused on the road ahead as we seek to achieve our final destination. Of course, this often leads us to miss opportunities to witness beauty and wonder.

This is not a new problem. The human condition of sin has skewed our view of the world since the fall. Adam and Eve couldn’t see the garden for the tree. The people of Israel couldn’t see the blessings of God in the midst of the wilderness, all they wanted was to get to the promised land. Perhaps spending some time appreciating the view, may pay off dividends in our spiritual life.

So just how can we begin to reorient out lives from destination thinking to sojourners on a wonderful journey? I think there are a few specific things we can do that just might help. Continue reading

Claiming Jesus’ Authority In Our Lives, Article One

Southpark_Respect_My_Authority_Cartman_t-shirt_SThis past Sunday we addressed some of the basic realities of authority. In particular we looked at the reason some might have seen Jesus’ teaching as having authority while the scribes failed to have authority. Authority is not about office or status but instead it is about influence. Far too often we think that those who are “in authority” have authority. We need to look no further than our nations political system to see that this is not true. Just because someone is put into or takes on a position of authority, doesn’t mean that they will be able to exercise that authority.

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A Prayer for Spiritaul Sight… A Prayer from a Pocket Prayer Book

Today as I was allowing frustration over simple and perhaps even trivial things get to me it hit me. I need to reorient my vision. It is so easy to become concerned with the minutia of life. Perhaps this is a good sign. If I can look at the small stuff perhaps that means there are not MAJOR issues that need to be dealt with. On the other hand, sometimes it is easy to turn to the little things and ignore the larger issues. Thankfully, I don’t think I have buried my head in the sand. I’m amazed at how this year Thanksgiving, Advent and Christmas are truly coming together early and I have a wonderful staff and a congregation that is taking leadership to thank for that.

Then I must just need to commend God’s view of life and the world to myself and I hope you well. Lo and behold, I turned to the Pocket Prayer Book that I first introduced you to on Monday. Here is a prayer I found:

A Prayer for Spiritual Sight

Spirit of Jesus, make thyself real to us today. W e cannot see thee with these eyes of flesh, nor hear Thee with these ears. But there are other eyes and other ears. Even as Thou didst come again to Thy waiting disciples at Pentecost, so come to us. Our hearts need Thee. Our minds need Thee. Every part of our being needs Thee, O Spirit Divine, live with us today. Amen.

Stewardship Emphasis and Renewing Our Commitment

This past Sunday at Christ Presbyterian Church we began our Stewardship emphasis. Each year we set aside time in worship to focus ourselves on the reality of our stewardship and in pa

rticular our financial stewardship. This year our theme verse for our emphasis is Matthew 13:31-32, the Parable of the Mustard Seed. In the next few days you will receive a mailing with more information on the specifics of our Stewardship emphasis and our Commitment Sunday which will be held on November 13, 2011.

In future Tidbits and sermons I will speak more in depth about the stewardship implications of the theme verse. This week I would like to talk about two words that have appeared in this article multiple times. Why do we say “emphasis” and “commitment,” instead of “campaign” and “pledge.” Continue reading

The Greatest Commandment as a positive rule of faith

Today, I was gifted with the joy of holding Chapel with our preschool. This is a short time with the children in the Sanctuary for religious instruction, story and song. I love the opportunity to speak a few good words to the children, most of whom I have no idea of their religious affiliation. In fact, I suspect that many aren’t followers of Christ or any other religious tradition.

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Making Good Use of Good Gifts?

Each week during worship at Christ Presbyterian Church, we pass the plates and give an offering. In many ways this is the same worship act that has been going on in churches for centur

ies. As the Pastor, I am given the task of “calling for the offering” during worship. This is an introductory statement that is intended to both provide transition between parts of our worship, but is also, and perhaps more importantly, a time for me, as worship leader, to remind us of the why and what of our offering. So then, what is the why and what of our offering? Continue reading

World Communion Sunday is more than a show.

Jesus Coat of Many ColorsThis Sunday we will celebrate World Communion Sunday at Christ Presbyterian Church. This is a day that is intended to promote Christian unity and ecumenical cooperation. Started in the 1930s by a Presbyterian congregation, and it has now grown to be celebrated in many denominations in the United States and abroad.

We have been fortunate to expand our World Communion Sunday experience during our 11 am service by incorporating special components into our worship that highlight the diversity of God’s creation while illustrating the unity we have in Christ. We have also begun a tradition of sharing in a meal comprised of dishes from around the world. Continue reading