The Significance of the Resurrection
April 14th, 2021
Are you tired of bad news? Ready for some good news? So how do we keep going in dark times? What do we hold on to? It appears to me there is a growing crisis of hopelessness. We are going through a time when shallow optimism is not enough. We need a robust, substantial hope. In the midst of so much darkness, Jesus offers us that mighty hope, spe......
The Truth Of Easter
April 3rd, 2021
Today we celebrate Easter. While the cultural celebration often includes hidden eggs, family gatherings, going to church (even for many non-Christians), at the heart of it all is the claim that Jesus Christ predicted his own death, died, and then walked out of his own grave. That is quite a claim. A declaration that eventually was believed by billions of people. But is it true? This is ...
Resolving Personal Conflict
March 16th, 2021
RESOLVING PERSONAL CONFLICT I hate conflict. I suspect you do too. While it is inevitable that conflict occasionally enters our lives most of us do not feel like we handle it well. Yet Jesus says, “Blessed are the peacemakers for they will be called children of God” (Matthew 5:9). We just welcomed our first grandchild into the world. Our son thinks she has his eyes. Children tend to loo...
Finding Joy In Troubled Times
March 5th, 2021
FINDING JOY These are stressful, challenging times. Our culture seems to be marinating in anxiety and fear. We stress about COVID; we are afraid of whatever the “other political party” is up to. Many people are sad, and their joy in life seems to be missing. How do we find delight in our everyday lives? How can we find joy? First, accept God’s sovereignty. God is in charge. God is i...
Dealing with Disappointment In Christian Leaders
February 24th, 2021
I will never forget one Mother’s Day Sunday, many years ago, when I was a teenager. We drove to our church early, as usual, but the day was different. My dad took time with us in the car to explain that our Senior Pastor, a man I had always looked up to, had cheated on his wife with several women he counseled, and had been fired. This shocking news would be announced to the congregation ...