The Stigma Persists

Christian faith communities are often on the front lines when it comes to identifying people suffering with mental illness, but we have not always been the best at offering love and hope to those who suffer.  The stigma of mental illness is still very real. How many...

Rise Up

For as long as I can remember, I have been captivated by a good challenge.  I know a great many people who are easily discouraged whenever they encounter a barrier to one of their goals.  Not me!  When I see a barrier, I think of it as something I can work...

Come As A Child

2 So Jesus called a child to come and stand in front of them, 3 and said, “I assure you that unless you change and become like children, you will never enter the Kingdom of heaven.  (Matthew 18:2-3,  Good News Translation)  What does it mean to "come as a...

Keeping Christ in Christmas

We have all heard the admonition to "keep Christ in Christmas," but do we really know how to do that?  Secular culture has co-opted Christmas for so long that it can be difficult for Christians to see where we have been led astray. Think about the things...

What is Advent?

The season of Advent marks the beginning of the church year, and includes the four Sundays before Christmas.  The Latin root for Advent means "coming."  Christians use this season as a time to proclaim and reflect on the comings of Christ.  These "comings"...

Thinking About Discipleship Pathways

For seven weeks before Christmas I invited Sunday worshippers to help us consider what spiritual practices characterized four different levels of Christian faith development.  The four levels were arbitrarily labeled as Beginner, Explorer, Apprentice and Coach.