April 16, 2020

This past Sunday, we looked at Mary Magdalene, the first to see the resurrected Jesus on Easter morning (John 20:14).  When she eventually recognized Him, she tried to hold onto Him.  I suppose many of us would have done the same.  But Jesus said, “Do not cling to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father; but go to my brothers and say to them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’  Mary M...

March 30, 2020

In this time of challenge and change it seems that most of us have an unexpected "gift" - free time.  Time once spent with appointments, errands, and busy-ness is suddenly absent from our daily calendars.  Some of that we've lost we mourn.  Some we are strangely grateful for.

With this "gift of unexpected" time, what shall we do?  We will fill it, but with what?  Will we finally do that which we said we wanted to do but d...

March 26, 2020

Along with a number of other pastors in the area, a local radio station recently asked me to share a 2 minute devotional to encourage listeners in this challenging time.  Here is what I put together (it was part of our newsletter this week as well):

In this time of uncertainty and change, many are looking for answers.  What much of the world values – health, wealth, education, government, etc. – is under duress and proving limited in ab...

March 21, 2020

I confess, the digital space and virtual world is getting crowded.  With the inability to meet as a church, there are many pressures for pastors like me to up our digital game and online presence.  Initially, this sounded wise, but I am now feeling that something is not right.  It seems everyone is trying to outdo one another with technology, unique insights, and produced content - almost like we are moving to a new type of online mega...

March 18, 2020

Thank God for technology!  Without it, this time of social distancing could be so isolating.  But thankfully our phones still work, texts still go through, email is active and despite the challenges we've all occasionally encountered with social media, maybe we can actually use it for connecting in helpful ways in such a time as this.

Here is a thought for us all - actually a challenge.  With all this extra time on our hands (for...

March 17, 2020

As I recently promised, I am going to get back to blogging far more regularly.  I will start with some encouragement for this time as we may be physically isolated but need to remain or even step up our efforts to remain in relationship and community.

You know that one of my favorite verses is Acts 2:42 - They devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching, to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to the prayers. 

Prior to recent ev...

December 23, 2019

Celebrating God’s Incarnation

The views about Christians celebrating Christmas and Advent seem to proliferate in today’s deconstructionist and post-modern world.  I don’t pretend to have the final word, but my desire here is to encourage one another in the freedom Christ gives us to celebrate, or not, without feeling judged or being judgmental.

1.  I firmly believe the choice of whether or not to celebrate is up to you, my fellow child o...

June 26, 2018

"And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself." (Matthew 22:39 (NIV)).

Who among us does not know this second part of the "Great Commandment"?  It is certainly one thing to know it and another to do it, isn't it?  Come to think of it, how many times have I been taught or trained on how to love God (the first part of the Great Commandment)?  Teaching and training on the second part seem harder to come by - at least f...

May 29, 2018

Can you imagine not having a Bible?  The average American has 3.6 Bibles.  I can assure you I am definitely helping to increase that average, so it is hard for me to picture what it would be like to not have access to a Bible, any Bible

Can you imagine that the faith community once "lost" the Book of the Law (the Torah, or first 5 books of our current day Bible)?  Yet, believe it or not, that actually did happen to Judah in the lat...

May 8, 2018

In case anyone reading this is wondering, the transition away from my former job as CEO of a couple of oilfield service companies for Bristol Bay Native Corporation seems complete.  I have not looked back.  Never have I felt that I did the wrong thing.  If anything, I occasionally feel I waited too long.  However, several, including my wife Martha have commented that I undoubtedly learned things in my “waiting” that will prove valuable...

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