Staff Blog

REMEMBERING

When I was growing up in Louisville, Kentucky my pastor was John Claypool. In researching some of his writing, I came across these words that he wrote in a church newsletter column to introduce a new sermon series: Last Sunday morning I began a series of sermons for... read more

BUILDING THE CHURCH

Last Sunday I preached about the miracle of the church as we celebrated Pentecost. The point of the sermon was to remind us of God’s powerful work through the Holy Spirit in the birth of the church. The church is more than just a human organization like any other... read more

GRADUATION

Donald Grey Barnhouse was a well-known preacher a number of years ago. He told the following story: Several years ago, two students graduated from the Chicago-Kent College of Law. The highest ranking student in the class was a blind man named Overton and, when he... read more

Parenting

Mother’s Day and Father’s Day are wonderful opportunities to be grateful for our moms and dads. Many families get together to honor mother and father on these two days. Even when parents are no longer living, the day is a fitting chance to offer our thanksgiving for... read more

WHERE ARE YOU IN THE STORY?

The Parable of the Prodigal Son may be the most famous story Jesus ever told. It is certainly my favorite. We will talk about this story from Luke 15:11-32 this Sunday morning. As we prepare to explore the story, think about where you are in the parable. Former... read more

When God Waits

In May of 2005 I stood in Phuket, Thailand and saw an amazing sight. Less than five months earlier a tremendous tsunami had hit this area, causing loss of life and tremendous damage. I took this picture of a fishing boat that was picked up and placed on shore.... read more

INVITATION TO A BANQUET

Sometimes news stories reflect Scripture stories. I liked this one from several years ago: When Katie Hosking decided to break up with her fiancé, it was only 12 days before the wedding. Along with her parents, Katie had reserved a country club for the reception. With... read more

Practice Resurrection

Sometimes the best words are borrowed words. The title for my message series which begins this Sunday comes from two of my favorite authors. The words “Practice Resurrection” first originated from the pen of long-time family friend Wendell Berry. This Kentucky poet,... read more

First Thoughts

A story comes from European history that speaks to us about the meaning of Easter. The battle of Waterloo was being fought between England and France. Wellington led the forces of England; Napoleon was the French leader. At stake was supremacy in Europe. The people of... read more

First Thoughts

I am honored to begin serving as your Interim Pastor. In the weeks that lie ahead I look forward to opportunities for worship each Sunday. I also look forward to getting to know you. Ministry always moves down the road called relationship. So, tell me your name and... read more