Sermon #22 — Forgiveness: The Pathway to Healing

Forgiveness is the God-created, God-empowered process by which we are healed from the bitterness that infects our hearts when they get wounded and by which we are set free from the bondage that bitterness produces in us.  Sometimes we can convince ourselves that we can somehow get back at a person who has hurt us … Continue reading

Pastor Note #33 — Kindness and the Gospel in a Broken World

A common feature of the pastoral life that I’ve lived for the past twenty-nine years has been that strangers to me will regularly come the church door and ask for me.  These are typically people faced with some sort of difficult personal and/or financial problem.  They come to me looking for help.  Sometimes I’ve been … Continue reading

Bible Notes #2 — Ecclesiates 7:21-22

  “Do not take to heart all the things that people say, lest you hear your servants cursing you.  Your heart knows that many times you yourself cursed other.”  Ecclesiates 7:21-22 [ESV] Have a thick skin!  Don’t take personally everything people say.  Don’t be quick to take offense.  If we are slow to take offense, … Continue reading

Pastor Notes #13

In my time as a pastor, I’ve performed lots and lots of weddings.  I’ve made no secret of the fact that on the whole I’m not terrible fond of doing weddings.   Each wedding with the premarital counseling, wedding planning, rehearsal, preliminary and follow-up can be very time consuming.  I don’t mind that so much.  What … Continue reading