God’s Global Family

Scripture: Isaiah 2:2-4; Zechariah 8:20-23 God’s Global Family How Americanized is your Christianity? I once went with a group of Baylor University students to Taize, France. We participated in the life and worship of the Christian community there. People make pilgrimages from all over the globe (though especially from Europe) to come together for worship. […]

Good News Welcomed

Scripture: 2 Kings 5:1, 9-17 Goods News Welcomed From death to life. That was what the cleansing of Naaman’s skin disease was like. 2 Kings 5 invites us to consider Naaman, a mighty commander of a foreign army. He likely would have been on the cover of magazines as a rising star and leader among […]

Interstate Peace of Mind

Scripture: Micah 5:1-5a; Luke 3:3-6 Interstate Peace of Mind Traveling on highways rarely feels peaceful. Especially if the highway is I-35. I’ve lived in Austin, TX for 22 years, Waco, TX for 9 years, and San Antonio for 4.5 years. That means I have spent an inordinate amount of my life staring at a sea […]

Trusting Your Experience of God

Scripture: Acts 26:1-3, 13-18a, 24-29 Dietrich Bonhoeffer lived in a time where the Christian Church in Germany had capitulated to the Nazi political party. Many pastors, church members, and theologians either supported or failed to speak out against unjust policies, and immoral ideologies, and evil practices. Bonhoeffer eventually counted the cost of living from his […]

Don’t Miss God’s Celebration!

Scripture: Luke 15:11-32 It was the night before I joined a team from Trinity to go on an overseas trip to our mission partners in Ghana. Though I was packing for this two week trip, my eyes were glued to the television to cheer on the Spurs against the Miami Heat in the NBA Finals. […]

“These Violent Delights Have Violent Ends”

Scripture: Matthew 2:1-12 The Herodians were a powerful and controversial leading family in the region of Judea before and during the time of Jesus the Messiah. Had they been around during the 21st century they would have been the stuff of tabloids, reality tv, and social media gossip. This first family of the Jewish people […]

Playing The Hand You’re Dealt

I am not a card player. This may be a result of being an only child. Instead of playing card games, I just read books or dove into my imagination. Truth be told I can’t even really shuffle a deck of cards adequately. Yet I still know of the wisdom of ‘playing the hand you’re […]

Get CLEAR

Marriage has so many questions… “Where do you want to eat?” “Are you okay?” “How much did it cost?” “What else is on?” “This one or this one?” “What are we going to do?” And so many more. This coming 2017-2018 year, our theme for our Marriage Ministry will be encouraging couples to get CLEAR. […]

When God Questions Our Conclusions

  Scripture: Ezekiel 37:1, 3-14 Have you ever been listening to someone about what matters most to them? You hear passions, regrets, hopes, insights, dreams, and longings. Many people experience anxiety about the  personal or collective changes in the world. Some miss when politicians seemed more civil. Others long for a time when kids could […]

Seeing Sin In Ourselves and In Society

Scripture: Ezekiel 24:1-13 Seeing Sin In Ourselves and In Society What is the last thing that really set off your anger? I find myself enraged at someone else’s bad or inappropriate behavior pretty regularly these days. Something is just in the air and social media seems to be intensifying it. I try to ask myself, […]