New Toys – Geek Heaven – or Nerd Sheol?

I’m not the biggest Geek. Oh, I can get myself around for most simple stuff. More Apple than PC but I have to play with both. So, when our church is finally updating the AV hardware – how fun! and how frightening. We are getting a Roland switcher, three PTZ cameras, a new Allen &…

The Picture Says So Much

Mountain tops. Waterfalls. Icy Trails. Colorful trees in the fall. Arches. Cliffs. Canyons. Crevices. Geysers. They all say adventure. They all speak volumes and tug at our outdoor heart. I have mine, and I am sure you have yours. But each weekend – millions gather around the world to partake of one of the greatest…

PastorDude Podcast #9 – Worship in the Darkness

When life is easy, worship seems to just come natural. But what happens when life is hard, when times are difficult, and everything seems dark? Worship in the dark changes things. Click here to listen to this week’s podcast – just under 6min. Or just click the graphic to open the media player to listen.

The Little Walnut

I was at the top of the world. I was hanging big in my domain, at the top of the highest tree. I wasn’t worried about pesky squirrels or other furry creatures getting to me. I was snuggled comfortably in my outer shell, a blanket of warmth and protection. But my blanket began to crack….

Who is this all about?

Warning. This is a political topic. Take heart. This is not a political rant. Stay with me. Tuesday, Attorney General Barr went before a House committee for a hearing. Both red and blue congressmen and congresswomen got their say in, and they all said a lot. Prewritten speeches, twisted questions, political slams, and direct innuendoes….

The Variety of Worship Expressions — All To Bless The Lord

The final psalm in this journey of songs. And it is a super powerful ending. Not just powerful, but super powerful. This psalmist has hit an emotional high that each of us should connect with. The journey has been long. You’ve passed through treacherous places – dangerous by the surroundings as well as the sinister…

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,…

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. They came in…

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….

Pleasure vs Pest

This week I am looking at comparisons while in lockdown mode – yesterday was fear vs focus. There is a cute (?) YouTube clip out there of a little child eating ice cream. They’re laughing and then they flip – they give the Evil Eye look. Though the video is over 12 years old, and…