What a Gift!…  But We Have to Open It!
May 16, 2017
A story for you… from the annals of church history. St. John Chrysostom was born in 347 in Antioch (modern day Turkey). A brilliant law student from a Christian family, John didn’t decide to be a Christian until he was 20. What is remarkable is that John, brilliant and educated as he was, did not get baptized right away. Rather, he entered into the church’s standard pre-baptism protocol, which required three years of preparation through instruction (catechism). At 23, John was finally baptized into the Christian faith… and ultimately earned the nickname “Golden Throat” as the head pastor in the imperial city of Constantinople. Continue reading
May 9, 2017
Vicar Jake tagged Pastor Tim last time in his REAL LIFE blog post. However, I jumped in the way and took that tag! There are just a handful of months left before my family and I head back to the seminary in St. Louis in July. Thank you for all the opportunities to live life with you! Continue reading
Thank a teacher today!
May 2, 2017
In 1976, I was in third grade at St. Peter Immanuel in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. I started the year as a new student with my little brother, Travis, who was enrolled in Kindergarten. I tried to be brave for Travis, but I was scared to go to a new school filled with teachers and children that I did not know. Continue reading
Marriage Means More Than We Think
April 25, 2017
Marriage means more than we think. It is not simply about self-actualization. It is not simply about finding a partner for life. It is not simply about having your needs met. It is not about an ecstatic experience of “love.” Our world believes this. Jesus followers should not, yet we often do. Marriage means more than we think. Continue reading
Karina’s Story
April 19, 2017
Last month, I was honored to join the team for the Honduras mission trip. There were so many heart-breaking stories, culture shocking experiences, and awe-inspiring people. One of those people was a woman in Tocoa named Karina. Continue reading
The Mystery of What We Cannot See.
April 4, 2017
Magnets are mysterious to me. The earliest discovery of the properties of lodestone [magnetite] was either by the Greeks or Chinese. Stories of magnetism date back to the first century B.C. in the writings of Lucretius and Pliny the Elder (23-79 AD Roman). Pliny wrote of a hill near the river Indus that was made entirely of a stone that attracted iron. He mentioned the magical powers of magnetite in his writings. For many years following its discovery, magnetite was surrounded in superstition and was considered to possess magical powers, such as the ability to heal the sick, frighten away evil spirits and attract and dissolve ships made of iron! Continue reading
Scars Show A Story
March 28, 2017
Scars. God uses scars as reminders to us that He is Faithful! My son Benjamin had his first big fall about two months ago. He fell on his face leaving a huge gash on his forehead. Don’t worry, no concussion and really no fuss. He was more concerned with not having a freezing ice pack attached to his head. Continue reading
Live A Life Of Gentleness & Respect
March 21, 2017
Anger, intolerance, disrespect, bitterness – and I thought it would end when the elections were over! I know many, if not most, of us became weary and frustrated over the long election cycle seeing celebrities, media, and even “friends” on Facebook show anger, intolerance, and disrespect to those of different political and social views. I’m sure this trend has even split apart family members. I’ve been saddened and dismayed by Facebook “friends” bitterly and derisively disrespecting my political and social views. Continue reading
Sweet Talker
March 14, 2017
“The wise of heart is called discerning, and sweetness of speech increases persuasiveness.” (Proverbs 16:21) If sweetness of speech increases persuasiveness, I can’t help but think that the Apostle Paul must have been the ultimate sweet talker! He is credited with the rapid spread of Christianity to the gentile world, and the early Christians immediately recognized his 13 epistles as God’s Word. That sweet and persuasive Word not only endured but escalated in acceptance despite periods of horrific persecution against the early Christian church. Continue reading