Religion/Ritual bad, Relationship good? [False ideas Christians believe about…God’s desires for Christians. Part 2]

Is religion automatically bad?  Some Christians are very anti-religion because they feel it goes against the concept of relationship.  But does it?  Read James 1:26-27, and you’ll see James suggest that religion is not only a viable way to view our connection with God, but that God approves of religion that has a heart forContinue reading “Religion/Ritual bad, Relationship good? [False ideas Christians believe about…God’s desires for Christians. Part 2]”

My year without Facebook

On January 1, 2018, I deactivated my Facebook account. I had been an active Facebook user for about eight years, but I was starting a three-month sabbatical from pastoral ministry in my church, and I was concerned that the purposes of the sabbatical would be impeded if I spent time on social media. I alsoContinue reading “My year without Facebook”

When I visited other churches (What I Learned on Sabbatical, Part 4)

One of the most frequent questions I got before going on sabbatical was, “Where will you go to church?” When I asked people what they thought I should do about church, they had many responses.  Some people suggested I take a break, which is essentially the definition of sabbatical.  I seriously considered not going toContinue reading “When I visited other churches (What I Learned on Sabbatical, Part 4)”

How to learn the truth about ourselves (What I learned on sabbatical, Part 3)

One of the major events that Michelle and I participated in during sabbatical was the EC Pastoral Assessment Center (PAC).  It was that experience that led us to consider a sermon idea.  But first let me explain PAC. PAC is basically the starting point for people who are exploring the possibility of becoming pastors inContinue reading “How to learn the truth about ourselves (What I learned on sabbatical, Part 3)”

How Distracted I Was From God (What I Learned on Sabbatical, Part 2)

On January 1st, I started a sabbatical daily log.  On that day I wrote three paragraphs about what was happening in the life of the Kime Family, and mixed in there were these five words: “I deactivated my Facebook account.” For those of you who use Facebook, deactivating your account might feel like a bigContinue reading “How Distracted I Was From God (What I Learned on Sabbatical, Part 2)”

My life with anxiety and panic (What I Learned on Sabbatical, Part 1)

A week before my sabbatical began on January 1st, 2018, we went to see Star Wars: The Last Jedi.  It has become a family tradition these past three years.  My dad’s birthday is December 29th, and so he takes my brother, sister, me and our spouses and kids to see the whichever Star Wars movieContinue reading “My life with anxiety and panic (What I Learned on Sabbatical, Part 1)”

Why I am Going on a Three-month Sabbatical

I started sabbatical January 1st.  For the first three months of 2018 I will put my pastoral duties on pause. I have so much gratitude to Faith Church for allowing this, and for facilitating it.  Over the last few years, as the church considered and planned for the sabbatical, there have been numerous people inContinue reading “Why I am Going on a Three-month Sabbatical”