July 31, 2018

Some days, it just doesn't pay to get out of bed. As Elvis once sang, "nothin' is right from mornin' till night," and nothing you can do will make that day go any better. Sometimes you have entire weeks made of days like that, and it gets a bit discouraging. One favori...

July 26, 2018

A lot of discussions have been had recently, both in my life and in the larger world, about life, death, and the afterlife. Today the conversation turned briefly to the fate of infants: do babies go straight to heaven if they die before they are old enough to make a co...

July 24, 2018

Occasionally I get visitors in the office who will ask why we've not been doing something that's "common sense." There's usually one of two reasons: it's not common sense at all but actually fairly destructive, or else we're forced to agree common sense is sadly lackin...

July 19, 2018

It happened again last week: someone told me I have an incredibly easy job. I may or may not have audibly sighed before launching into my now-patented spiel about ministry being one of the hardest jobs I know. In order to soften things a bit, though, I ended with this:...

July 17, 2018

Hello, everyone. With Chris out of town, he left me to create the blog post. So, as I sat down to create this blog post, I begun to think about an article Chris and I read yesterday, about why Roe v. Wade should be overturned. I began to investigate what the bible said...

July 12, 2018

One of my sister's favorite tunes is "Simple Gifts," a Shaker hymn made famous by Aaron Copland's Appalachian Spring. It begins, "Tis the gift to be simple, tis the gift to be free." Most of us will readily agree with the second part. Freedom is certainly a precious gi...

July 10, 2018

A colleague in ministry and I recently had a conversation about the Book of Proverbs. To make a long discussion short, neither of us are quite sure what to do with it. I'm particularly committed to preaching from every book in the Bible at least once, but I don't know...

July 5, 2018

At the beginning of this week, a friend of mine sent me a message, asking me very generalized questions. I didn’t think anything of it, she only was asking how to be happy or how to help others. However, yesterday, she broke, and sent me a text saying, “Throughout this...

July 3, 2018

                Hello everyone, I am recent employee to the church, under the title of ministry associate, John Conner. I’ve been of attendance of this church since I was young, coming here when I could between moving to other states. Recently, I was given the pleasure...

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