Sermon Higher Love: Learning From Our Mistakes

Scripture: John 21:15-19 Jesus loves us. Through His love we can take our entire love life to the next level. This ultimate love is called Agape. So our affectionate love (Storge), our creative & sexual love (Eros), and our noble brotherly & sisterly love (philo) for things and people in this world can reach greater fulfillment […]

Sermon: Romantic Love

Romantic Love: Getting the Love You Need by Giving the Love You Want February 14, 2016 Scripture: John 4:4-19 JOHN 4: THIRST & HUNGER FOR LOVE (The conversation between Jesus and the woman at the well shows how to recover when we’ve searched for love in “all the wrong places”. Romantic love, to be sustainable, must […]

Behaviors That Say “I love you.”

“Your actions speak louder than your words!” Although this proverbial statement is not always true, it is, more often than not, true when it comes to relationships in the family. This statement makes an important point: Words are important in communication love, but actions give validity to the words. When we said our vows during […]

Listening Is No Small Gift

In any important relationship, the ability to truly listen to the other person is a requirement if the relationship is going to move forward. You might say, listening is a required “love language”. Listening attentively, or what Roland Larson and others call “active listening”, shows that you care. Unfortunately, active listening is not something that […]

Do You Love Giving Others Mercy?

We often give others what we have received. I thought about this recently as I was driving back from a fantastic meal and conversation with a good friend. The friend had shared an experience where an admission of a certain behavior prompted a minister to remark, “You know you’re going to have shame in your […]

August Reflections

Life is about love and love is about relationships. Trinity is a family of love. God’s love story is our story. And we are growing in our capacity to love God with all of our heart, mind, body, and spirit. Each of our ministries is an action plan to love everyone as our neighbor. And […]

Love Risks Action

“Let us be Christian in all our actions. But I want to tell you this evening that it is not enough for us to talk about love, love is one of the pivotal points of the Christian faith. There is another side called justice. And justice is really love in calculation. Justice is love correcting […]

Beyond Tolerance: Understanding and Loving Each Other

Did you know that the communication era you grow up in has a profound influence on what you trust as authentic, where you look for authority, as well as your preferred communication style?  In his book, The Millennium Matrix, Rex Miller lays out the four primary communication eras experienced in our world; from ancient times […]

A New and Fuller Life

It is spring and the leaves on the trees are unfolding before our very eyes. It is almost Easter and we are reminded of the fulfillment of Christ’s death and resurrection and our opportunity to live a new and fuller life in Christ. Even though our physical eyes are not sharp enough to catch the […]

Marriage?

Marriage. What do you feel when you hear the word marriage? Whether or not to marry and, if so, whom to marry are two of the biggest decisions one makes in life. Below is an email excerpt I recently wrote to an engaged couple (names changed): Paul & Jane: I am happy for your love for […]