What kind of people participate in the communion of the saints? I look around at the portrayals of saints – they are painted-on-glass, flat, beautiful, unmoveable and unpassioned. Their only flaws are made by those who describe them – a missing line or a blurred splotch of paint, a mistake of illustration only. And they… Read More »
Tonight Monty gave the Christmas message about how in a time long ago God became a man – a baby, really – in a middle-eastern village under Roman rule. We listen to this story and absorb the message of the baby and the gifts. We think about the life in an obscure town and the… Read More »
We are between times. In the past is the death and resurrection of Jesus. In the future is his return. In these in-between times, we live in faith based on the past and live in hope looking to the future. But while we wait, we must go through beauty and ashes. There are times when… Read More »
Kristin spoke again about the significance of controlling our finances. She offered up the reasons and gave clear and convincing proofs of her viewpoint that God is the one in control of our assets; we are stewards and administrators, but he is the owner. I will let you download the podcast for fuller details. What… Read More »
There is a great clip on YouTube, where Bob Newhart is a therapist who attempts to help a lady with a problem. For whatever reason, she can’t stop thinking certain negative thoughts, and that bothers her. Bob’s advice is classic, accurate, but powerless: he tells her to just “stop it.” As if knowing something is… Read More »
So many words pour over us every week. We are plugged in to so many things. Our phones. Our computers. Our TVs and our cable connections. Do this. Read this. Eat this, go here, relax there. Buy this, give this. When the tension gets to us, we can eat or drink something to make the… Read More »
Have you ever done all the right things, checked all the boxes, filled out all the forms, signed on the dotted line – and still experienced disaster? I know I have. I know Paul the Apostle has. And I think you have, too, if you’re honest. Monty’s story this week was about Paul’s appearance before… Read More »
This week think about the ways you are avoiding help and change. Maybe you think you can do it alone, or maybe you think you must. I can’t convince you outright, I think, to step out. If you’re convinced of your own hopelessness, then what are my words going to do to change that? But if there’s the slightest hint of light, the weakest desire for change, I urge you to find a group who will love you unconditionally and support you without shame.