The One On Opening Day

26{icon} {views}There’s a lot of reasons why this time of the year is pretty much my favorite. The long thaw of winter is slowly beginning to lift, spring is around the corner and there’s still a cool breeze blowing through the valley at night. There’s a sense of renewal and optimism in the air as… Continue Reading

Not An Option: The Church Gathered

20{icon} {views}One of the reasons that I enjoy sports so much is the mental aspect. In almost every sport there is a very pronounced strategic and tactical element to how the game is played. Coaches study hours of film, both of themselves and their opponent, in the weeks leading up to game day in order… Continue Reading

he One With All The Tension

5{icon} {views}In 325 AD the young church faced a crisis. A new teaching had emerged that threatened the very fabric of the new religion. Arius, a church leader in Alexandria, Egypt, had been teaching that Christ was a created being and therefore not eternally divine. Church leaders, led by Athanasius, rightly believed that this doctrine… Continue Reading

New Year’s 2022: Time For Something New

10{icon} {views}It’s said that there are 2 things that are certain in life: death and taxes. I’d like to propose a third, change, specifically the old becoming new. It’s not always something that we look forward to but it is a reality of the world that we live in and it’s most clearly seen when… Continue Reading

Advent 2021: Triumphant Culmination

15{icon} {views}It came upon a midnight clear, that glorious song of old, from angels bending near the earth to touch their harps of gold. Peace on the earth, goodwill to men from heaven’s all gracious King. The world in solemn stillness lay to hear the angels sing. I’ve never been pregnant, for obvious reasons, but… Continue Reading

Advent 2021: Unmet Expectations

32{icon} {views}For many sports fans the start of a new season is the reward for surviving a long layoff. During the offseason teams have signed players, made trades and integrated draft picks into how their new organization runs including everything from its on-field philosophy to its off-field marketing. During this time the so-called experts begin… Continue Reading

Advent 2021: Eager Anticipation

27{icon} {views}I have a confession to make. One of the things that I often struggle with is patience. I imagine that this is also true for many of you. You’ve probably heard the suggestion that if you want God to truly develop your faith and increase your maturity you should ask him to give you… Continue Reading

Reflections on Holy Week, Part 2

75{icon} {views}Every story has a climax. It’s the point in the narrative at which everything that has been going on throughout the course of the story reaches its culmination, its high point, its most important moment. There’s enough dramatic tension to fill all of the Great Lakes 10 times over. It’s for moments like these… Continue Reading

Reflections on Holy Week, Part 1

59{icon} {views}As someone who tends to show his emotions more than normal it’s very easy to see when I’m excited. Usually these times of excitement are brought about by a great deal of anticipation and the longer it takes for something to happen the more excited I tend to get. The days and months leading… Continue Reading

In The News: Losing A Legend

25{icon} {views}Regardless of who it is it’s never easy when a person dies. Whether it’s old age, disease or a some other cause, natural or unnatural, “the same destiny happens to us all…we die”. (Ecclesiastes 9:3, The Voice) Not all deaths are the same though. Some, like that of Princess Diana, can be felt for… Continue Reading