When the world moves into your neighborhood – Current Events Week November 2021, Part 1

Who are your neighbors?  Think about people who live around you.  Imagine their faces, say their names.  How well do you know them?  Who is your neighbor?  There are many other kinds of neighbors. Some people are unexpected neighbors.  Some people are neighbors that you didn’t realize are neighbors.  Some are neighbors, and you knowContinue reading “When the world moves into your neighborhood – Current Events Week November 2021, Part 1”

Interpreting the parable of the Eagles and the Vine – Ezekiel 17, Part 2

Can you interpret the allegorical parable of the Eagles and the Vine in Ezekiel 17? In the previous post, we talked about how this parable is for people that have lost hope, or are feeling it slip away. So it is important that we understand it. In this second post of a five-part series studyingContinue reading “Interpreting the parable of the Eagles and the Vine – Ezekiel 17, Part 2”

The Prophetic Stare? – Ezekiel 6, Part 1

I’ve been listening to a compelling podcast called The Rise and Fall of Mars Hill.  Mars Hill is the name of a megachurch in Seattle, Washington.  It was a church started by a small group of people in 1996, but eventually came to be synonymous with its lead pastor, Mark Driscoll.  At its height, theContinue reading “The Prophetic Stare? – Ezekiel 6, Part 1”

Find out if you’re a prophet (and what to do if you’re not)- Ezekiel 2:1-3:15, Part 5

Ezekiel has just been told by God that he will be a prophet. Imagine what you would feel like if God told you that you will be a prophet. Would you be happy? Ezekiel is really upset.  He doesn’t tell us why.  Look at Ezekiel 3:14 and the phrase, “the hand of the Lord wasContinue reading “Find out if you’re a prophet (and what to do if you’re not)- Ezekiel 2:1-3:15, Part 5”

God loves you anyway – Acts 28, Part 3

Editor’s Note: This week we welcome Paul Mannino to the blog, and he will be discussing Acts 28. If you want to watch the sermon, it’s posted on Paul’s YouTube Channel here. My wife, Michelle, and I met Paul and his wife, Mary Kate, at the Evangelical Congregational Church’s Pastoral Assessment Center this past January.Continue reading “God loves you anyway – Acts 28, Part 3”

Re-enacting to remember [God’s heart for the holidays, part 2]

A few years ago the Gettysburg Battlefield celebrated the 150th anniversary of the terrible and momentous events of July 1-3, 1863 during our nation’s Civil War.  Because my family lives about an hour away, we visited the battlefield hoping to see re-enactors.  While we were there before any full battle re-enactment took place, at oneContinue reading “Re-enacting to remember [God’s heart for the holidays, part 2]”

Moses’ fireside chat: Introducing Deuteronomy, a bold, risky book of truth-telling

I want you to imagine a scene with me.  In this scene older adults sit down with their family.  Splayed out around them are their kids, grandkids, and maybe even great-grandkids.  The older adult then starts telling the family history.  They include the familiar stories, and they tell ones never heard. What I am describingContinue reading “Moses’ fireside chat: Introducing Deuteronomy, a bold, risky book of truth-telling”