Throughout the centuries, Easter Eve has been a day where the church invites people to to pray about the hurt in our lives and world. Will you join us for an Easter Eve Vigil? What: Easter Eve Vigil When: Saturday, April 15, 7:00 P.M. Where: St. Mark’s United Methodist Church, 4780 E 126th Street, Carmel, IN. Childcare […]Read more "Easter Eve Vigil (Holy Saturday)"
Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent, the season of preparation that leads up to Easter. Scores of Christians will get get the mark of the Cross on their foreheads with ashes. The ashes remind us that we are mortal, that we are dust and to dust we will return. They also are a sign of […]Read more "Out of the Ashes"
Haven’t we all imagined what we’d do if we won the lottery? Haven’t we all dreamed of having a fortune? The Gospel of Luke is all about fortune. It’s about a reversal of fortune, of what it means to be a people of God’s fortune. It’s also about what causes us to miss out on God’s fortune. […]Read more "The Gratitude Path 3: Give and It Will Be Given to You"
Romans 8:26 says, “In the same way, the Spirit comes to help our weakness. We don’t know what we should pray, but the Spirit himself pleads our case with unexpressed groans.” We may feel weak. We may not know what to pray. But when we pause to pray, the Spirit of Jesus gives us a […]Read more "8:26 Prayer"
This post came out of a series called BASIX: Practices for Living Out Faith. Week 1 of the series was about community. We looked at the story of Hannah from 1 Samuel (a really old story). Hannah refused to quit living out faith in community although her community was full of trouble. We talked about how when we commit to […]Read more "BASIX: God’s Word, pt. 2 (the list of ten)"
Initially, we called this “The BUT Challenge” (inspired by this video). We wanted to do something over the Lenten Season, the season of preparation for Easter, to actively challenge the BUTs that keep us from being committed followers of Jesus. (BUT I don’t know where to start. I will eventually BUT I need to get this or […]Read more "The JOY Challenge"
My wife ordered checks this past week. You know, the perforated paper ones that come in a book. I hear they were super hip some time ago. We had just finished this series called Treasure based on Jesus’ words in Matthew 6. Jesus says, “Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” I mean, It was […]Read more "givingworship"
On Sunday, we talked about how listening is maybe the most important thing we can do in order to share God’s story of redemption. So… 1. “When people talk listen completely. Don’t be thinking what you’re going to say. Most people never listen. Nor do they observe. You should be able to go into a […]Read more "10 Quotes about Listening"
I found an archived article in Christian Standard a few years ago. I wish I had marked down where it was so I could go back and find it, but I think was from 1896. The article dealt with the issue of youth and their changing musical tastes, and how it clashed with the church’s traditions. […]Read more "Why I Sing What I Sing (and Why I Hope You’ll Join Me)"
At the beginning of a longer trip recently, I had the notion to pull into the slow lane and drive in silent prayer. I was struggling with stress and anxiety from an emotionally challenging week and month. Something needed to change. I pictured myself in black space (with my eyes on the road!) approaching a […]Read more "Lent and the God of the Car Ride"