November’s elections are a little more than a month away, and with early voting and mail in ballots, the elections are actually already here. It’s a time when churches, and their people, are tempted to trade in their roles of being the “hands and feet of Christ” and of bringing “one more” into a lifeContinue reading “The Yearly Temptation is Upon Us”
It’s been a busy time in my life and the life of Gainesville Church here in Virginia. Two weeks ago we received the news that my Associate Pastor would be appointed to take my place when I retire in June of 2023. There is great excitement in the church and in my heart at thisContinue reading “Been Absent for a While”
I believe that in any vital and healthy church there are four kinds of people. People who don’t know Jesus, we used to call them seekers back in the 1990’s and 2000’s. These are people who are there for a variety of reasons. They don’t Jesus in a life transforming way. Some are there becauseContinue reading “A Short One”
Usually when we think about our struggles in this life we want things to change; and for the better. But as all of us who have lived more than a few years know; sometimes they don’t. In fact there are times when things get worse. A marriage in trouble will sometimes end in divorce. OftenContinue reading “Sometimes Things Don’t Change”
One thing the church has often suffered from is mixed up priorities. We prioritize perfect doctrine over listening to Jesus. We cherish being right over obeying the commands of Jesus. We also tend to miss prioritize Jesus’ words. His last command in that upper room was to love one another as He has loved us.Continue reading “Mixed Up Priorities”
We live in a world, and country, that is greatly divided in 2022. Unfortunately Christians seem to be increasingly following that trend, and not leading in the other direction. Sadly we seem willing to be divided by the same things that our nation is divided by, politics and political view points. What are your viewsContinue reading “Divisiveness”
In the late 19th, with the advent of Darwin’s “The Origin of the Species,” in which he details his views on how species evolve. At the same time the world’s philosophers were on the cusp of “The Age of Enlightenment,” which could also be known as the age of reason and science. The intellectual community,Continue reading “The Horror of Mass Shootings and the Pervasiveness of Sin”
Less than two weeks after the tragedy in Buffalo a deranged individual killed 19 children and 2 teachers. Sadly this is nothing new. Sandy Hook elementary, Virginia Tech, Las Vegas, El Paso Texas and the list goes on and on. There is a crisis in America and at its core it is a spiritual crisis.Continue reading “I am Not a Social Scientist,…But”
I’ve spent more than four decades as a pastor in various “churches.” In that time I’ve come to understand that people have many different understandings of what a church is. Some see it as a religious vehicle that is transport them to a spiritual realm. Others as a place where their needs are met. IfContinue reading “The Problem of “church””
There are times when faith is easy. Those are the times when nothing is on the line, or when we’ve had a mountain top experience. In those moments of easy faith, we tend to think that we are growing a lot in our faith. Yet it is in the times of stressful faith, when itContinue reading “When Life Is At It’s Worst”
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