• Losing My Church – A sermon for Manchaca on May 24, 2020

    Here’s the story of Acts 14:1-7 – in my own words: The missionaries Paul and Barnabas go to a new city – Iconium, into the synagogue, and begin proclaiming the gospel of Jesus. The established religion there does not like these new ideas – they don’t believe Jesus is the Messiah – and they especially don’t like it that there are people from amongst them that do believe. The missionaries stay and preach and perform miracles. Some people in Iconium believe the gospel the missionaries proclaimed, but some sided with the religious establishment. The religious establishment became so mad at…

  • Why being a mother makes me a better pastor

    I once was stunned by a boss – the lead pastor at the church where I was serving – when he said, “Now, don’t go getting pregnant.”  His assumption was that I would not do as good of a job as a…

  • No Buy November: 5 Reasons Why You Should Join Me

    Retail stores everywhere are gearing up for the holidays. Have you already gotten emails with Christmas gift suggestions? My kids have been enjoying looking at pre-lit Christmas trees at Costco for the past month. But me? I’m still contemplating what…

  • Does God allow us to celebrate Halloween?

    In our household, participating in Halloween festivities is a given. We are pastors, and we celebrate Halloween. Is Jesus okay with this? Obviously, we think so. But what about all those other Christians who think Halloween is evil? Is their…

  • My confession about my problem with consumerism

    The Story Once upon a time, there was a little girl. She was born into a respectable middle-class family in America. As she played with her barbie dolls and ran throughout the house in her princess costume, everyday she could…

  • 936 pennies spotlight the passing of time

    We have 936 weeks from the time our child is born until graduation. 936… Sounds like a lot. Or, maybe, to you it sounds like only a little. I’ve been told by strangers and friends alike to treasure the moments with…

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    How to explain the story of Jesus to your child

    It’s an important question. Who was Jesus?  We all answer this question for ourselves. Is he someone we should reject? Someone we should know about and not pay attention to? Or someone who deserves our life’s devotion? Your child will wonder about…