• 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…

  • Can my newborn survive church people germs? 5 tips

    Whenever I see a very young infant out in public, the pediatrician’s cautions still ring in my ears. Keep your newborn at home! Maybe you heard it from your doctor – or mother – too. Don’t take your baby out! It’s…

  • What is the nature and purpose of the Church?

    Language is great. It’s powerful. It’s how we communicate to one another. But language, at times, is also confusing. In English, the word “church” can be misunderstood. When talking about the church, exactly to what is one referring? The building?…

  • What is salvation and how is it received?

    Tonight my church held its quarterly “Celebrate Life” service – where we dedicate babies, do baptisms, and recognize new church members. Along with the adults, several kids were baptized, and some teenagers performed the ritual as well. It made me…

  • My sermon at Heights Church

    Breaking Rules for the Sake of Love … On my second Sunday of serving as an intern at a church in Houston, I was asked to preach. The text from the lectionary was Luke 13:10-17. Instead of writing about all…