Why Question?

Kids are amazing. They question everything. Why is the sky blue? Where does Grandma live? Who is that person? What does that machine do? When are we going to eat? Frequently there questions catch adults off guard. There are also times adults are not quite sure how to answer without risking being bombarded with a [...]

Quester

Have you ever gone on a scavenger hunt? If not, it involves being given a list of items to find. Sometimes the list is in the form of riddles to be solved. Each person or group is to search for everything on their list and the first to find all their items wins. During my [...]

Advent: The Christ Candle

Light and Darkness How often have you been scared of the dark? I know as a kid being scared of the dark was a given. Just to go outside one’s door at night was an act of bravery. So, what makes the dark so frightening? Imagine yourself as a child, being lost in a strange [...]

Want Versus Need

It’s that time of year again. Making it through Black Friday unscathed seems to be the first hurdle. In fact, if we make it through Black Friday, all indications point to the possibility that we might get to the end of the holiday safe and sound. However, looking at the faces of staff and shoppers [...]

Social Media is Ministry

Here’s what it can look like: 1. Pause The Browsing: Effective online ministry is like ministry in any other context. It is about establishing meaningful relationships. We need to be present when online with others. Our goal is to be observant while browsing. Be mindful that our focus is on what Jesus would do with [...]

Advent: Joy Candle

Threads Have you ever had a loose thread protruding from a sweater, shirt, sock or pants? You know what’ll happen if you pull on it. You refrain from the urge to pull for as long as possible. However, the temptation ultimately  becomes too great.  The act of pulling the thread results in a hole or [...]

Advent: Love Candle

Second Advent Candle: Radical Love When faced with animosity what is our natural response? As kids it was natural to go into flight or fight mode. Even adults have a similar response to those that are antagonistic towards them. It seems natural to return hatred with hatred or try to hide from confrontation. Jesus taught [...]

Advent: Preparation

Have you ever considered yourself part of a multifaceted story?  Jesus’ story is not only multifaceted it is inclusive. It is exciting to realize we all play a part in God’s continuing tale. It is also daunting to know we are active participants in His story. So, as active participants we get a choice in [...]

Advent: Ordinary Life

As most of us chase our dreams it becomes so easy to lose sight of what is important. It seems we forget how much we’ve been given by God. None of us would do well without family and friends. Our minds and bodies would suffer without food. Our jobs, though often a source of griping [...]

Advent: Hope Candle

On the first Sunday of Advent the purple candle is lit. Traditionally this candle is called the “Prophecy Candle” and is lit in remembrance of the prophets who foretold the birth of the “Christ child”. It is also the candle that represents hope. Hope is a four letter word. It is a word that can either [...]