Mutually Encouraged by the Gospel

Mutually Encouraged by the Gospel

The Apostle Paul’s introductory remarks in his letter to the believers in Rome can sometimes get overlooked due to the vast riches of Doctrine and Theology throughout his letter to the Romans. Paul is writing to people he does not know personally. He has never been to Rome to preach the Gospel, yet the people…

He Knows Me

He Knows Me

Nihilism is the rejection of all religious and moral principles, in the belief that life is meaningless. As I found myself herding forward in the lengthy and meandering TSA line earlier today my mind began to ruminate over the tragedy of nihilism and other forms of unbelief. While headed back to Anchorage after a lovely…

Pastoring with Tech

Pastoring with Tech

These past few weeks I have been thinking about our modern age in terms of technology, especially our smartphones. Handheld supercomputers that do all kinds of things, even talking to us unprompted; or at least semi unprompted. This is still a bit raw but my Microsoft Surface that I am using to type this blog…

A Lesson from Suffering

A Lesson from Suffering

My mom walked with a limp her whole life! As a young boy I remember how she needed to sit down a great deal. I never understood exactly why she would not go with us on walks or on long shopping trips. I remember my Dad telling the story of how when my mom was…

There’s No Place Like Home

There’s No Place Like Home

In the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz, the main character Dorothy and a band of unlikely heroes defeated the Wicked Witch of the West. However, each one of the champions including Dorothy dealt with personal struggles of doubt and despair, along with the challenges that flying monkeys and poison poppies bring, until the very…

Are You Proud of Me?

Are You Proud of Me?

My wife and I were taking a walk with two of our grandchildren. We were on a sidewalk in a small Northwest town when we met Joel. It didn’t take long to get to know Joel because as soon as we saw him he asked my name! He is a more than friendly young man….