The Proposal

My son Zack recently got engaged. He prayed and planned, dreamed and schemed, and finally popped the question in a very romantic and creative fashion.    Marital customs are very different today than they were in the 1st century.    The path that led down the isle would begin with two fathers talking about a […]

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The Ancient Roots of the Lord’s Supper

Today at sundown the Jewish people will begin to celebrate Passover. As you probably know, Passover comemorates God’s intervention and their release from slavery in Egypt. According to Exodus 12, the tenth plague was the most horrific. The eldest child in every family would die unless a lamb was killed and its blood was brushed […]

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A Huge Blunder in the Balcony

I am incredibly grateful for the church I grew up in. I was loved, nutured, encouraged, corrected, and challenged there. We had traditions that were both local and denominational. The middle schoolers always did a living nativity scene during Christmas. There was always an Easter pageant. We had summer camps and winter retreats. Our Sunday […]

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The Story of St. Patrick

Imagine being kidnapped as a teenager. You are taken far from home to a land where you don’t understand the culture or even speak the language.  You’re sold to a man and taken to his home. And through a series of gestures, grunts, and pictures you finally realize you will be spending most of the […]

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My Mentor on Investment

When I was charting out this series it was difficult to pick out only a handful of topics because Jim has taught me so many things over the years. Taught isn’t even the right word. He invested in me. Jim did not consider himself a dispenser of wisdom. He was simply an Everyday Pilgrim…an ordinary […]

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My Mentor on Grace

We were serving together at a traditionally strong and healthy church. I was still very young and learning what it meant to lead. One day we were talking about the personality of congregations. Some love a harsh presentation from the pulpit…a hefty dose of bad news before we get the good news. Some like to […]

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