Church Blog (Page 2)

The Pastor’s Therapy

For a part time job extrovert like myself, full time isolation is getting the best of me. But I believe after consulting our health promotion team and trying to keep up with expert health opinions nationwide, that the isolation is for our own good. I was corrected early in the pandemic process when I said in so many words… “I ain’t skeered of gettin’ no virus”. One of our health professionals corrected me… “What if you give it to someone…

The Go-To List

As we have noted numerous times, these extraordinary times will result in some tremendous opportunities to minister. I also, as you do as well, know that though times are stressful people often exhibit tremendous selflessness and generosity because we are all confronting a common enemy. The enemy in this case is the Covid 19. A number of you are helping in the community in a variety of ways and some are seeking that area of service where they can connect.…

The Connection

I have been playing “musical cars” over the last year and you are probably aware of this as you have seen me driving a variety of vehicles. I drove a BMW for a while it was a great car that my oldest son owned for a couple of years and then he sold it to me. I, after a year of extreme driving pleasure, sold it to my youngest son who in turn sold it back to me a few…

Keeping Our Distance

Kim and I were watching a movie Saturday night when I found myself thinking with my new Coronavirus mindset. In this film there was a scene which included a large group of people in a rather closed space and I shared with my movie date the concern I had due to the fact that those actors were in such confined quarters. Such is life now in our new normal Covid-19 world. I never thought like that. I am a handshaking,…
Approximately 70 people standing on the steps of the old sanctuary

Be The Church

Thank you Nicole for the superb newsletter article last week. I am so blessed to serve on a cooperative staff team that believes that teamwork in the Lord’s service is much better than a weekly competition for staff member of the year. I learned the value of a ministry team quite a few years ago and decided that the church staff that works together gives the church a good name. Speaking of a good name….the church is in a position…

Take Care and Take Heart

Good morning Poplar Springs. This is the start to what will be a weird week and possibly many weird weeks as we navigate a situation that is new to all of us. Thank you to everyone who sent encouraging messages to us yesterday. Thank you for loving and supporting your church staff and letting us know that you were present with us even though we were miles apart as we worshipped. It was very strange… to be standing in the…

Is Your Faith Charged?

Kim and I purchased a vehicle back in 2013 which I am currently trying to sell. In order to keep the mileage on the car in a reasonable mileage range, as well as make it somewhat more attractive to a potential buyer, I am letting the car sit idly in my driveway. I have learned over the past few months that this is not my best option. I rediscovered something I was already aware of in the process of not…

Standards/Principles/Rules for Living

The other day a question was posed to a couple of political candidates: What is your motto or what are some rules you live by? I began to think about how I would answer this question and I decided I had a few principles I live by and it was amazing how many involved food but I have some others as well: I never met a doughnut I didn’t like.Never pass on tater tots.Don’t eat the last biscuit.A chocolate milkshake…

The Center of our Lives

Last week I shared with you my fondness for The Apostle Paul’s words to the Colossian church found in the letter he sent to them about 60 AD. I have been preparing my sermons for the coming weeks on Colossians 3:1-17 and discovered these words of bible translator Eugene Peterson to be quite helpful in summing up the purpose of this inspiring letter. Peterson wrote, “Paul is writing to the Colossians in an attempt to restore Jesus, the Messiah, to…

Rules for Holy Living

In Colossians 3: 1-17 the Apostle Paul offers the readers of his letter what some have called “Rules For Holy Living”. Within this passage are a couple of verses which have been life changing for me, as I have over the past ten or twelve years adopted verses 12-14 in this chapter as one of my foundational favorites: Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. BEAR WITH EACH OTHER…