Promises We Hold On To

Prelude: a few weeks back we started to look at the Ascent Psalms. However, we stopped after 12 of the 15 Psalms. So today, we pick back up with the 13th, Psalm 132. So we are headed to worship. And these 15 Psalms prepare our hearts and minds for worship. And this is the longest,... Continue Reading →

Into the Loving Arms

The days of my child running into his mother’s arms and jumping into her lap are over. It would be a little painful, awkward, and well, creepy for a 29 year old to be coddled in such a way. No Norman Bates in this household. We have passed the duty and joy of coddling and... Continue Reading →

A Broken Life Finds Hope

Imagine this person’s story if you will ... My life had been anything but easy. My mother died when I was young. My father had abused me. I grew up starving for attention - and I realized men would give me that attention if I gave them what they wanted. These choices, this lifestyle, was... Continue Reading →

Enemies at the Gate

The neighborhood was rough and crime in the area was real. So the church took safety precautions. During services, the doors would be shut and locked preventing any kind of entry. An usher would remain on the outside to observe and stand watch. But what happened next was not what you expect. Read the article... Continue Reading →

Kids Belong in Church

The world is in the middle of a Quarantine culture. And I am so glad that we have begun to phase back in to normalcy. Yesterday, we worshipped at church - and we were inside for the first time in two months. It was a blessing. But, it was different. Less than a fifth of... Continue Reading →

Worship … Taking In the Sights and Sounds

We are getting ready to open our doors for worship again. It’s been almost two months since we’ve been inside to worship together. Oh we’ve done the drive-ins, online, streaming .... but not together in the sanctuary. The Ascent Psalms are part of the pilgrimage to Jerusalem. The Torah gives several feasts, festivals, and fasts.... Continue Reading →

Lessons from the Location

I have worshipped in some very diverse places - beautiful sanctuaries with stained glass, old wooden churches, on mountain tops, at the beach, convention centers, the National Mall in Washington DC, even the old RFK stadium in the same city. And in each place, I am reminded how the setting helped me see something about... Continue Reading →

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