How not to become a bitter old maid – Titus 2:1-10, Part 3

I’ll never forget the time, as she in hospice and weeks away from passing, when my maternal grandmother admitted to me, through tears, that she was afraid she was becoming a bad Christian. She was referring to the aging process, and how she could become impatient and angry, or judgmental. No doubt she was alwaysContinue reading “How not to become a bitter old maid – Titus 2:1-10, Part 3”

How to have a multi-generational church – Titus 2:1-10, Part 1

Actor Brad Pitt, now 55 years old, recently commented that acting has become a younger man’s game.  Increasingly, so is much about our culture in America.  Where does that leave those who are older?  Retirement homes?  Are you only worthwhile if you are young?  For a number of years now, America has been in aContinue reading “How to have a multi-generational church – Titus 2:1-10, Part 1”

Do you need a spiritual HIIT trainer?

Have you heard of HIIT?  High Intensity Interval Training.  This winter my workout partners and I have done some HIIT workouts.  They’re really tiring.  You exercise hard for 20 secs, take a 10 sec rest, and then exercise again, rest again, etc.  We’ve done a variety of exercises and work/rest patterns, and every time weContinue reading “Do you need a spiritual HIIT trainer?”

Does Michael Phelps have an unfair advantage? (and why it matters for followers of Jesus!) Luke 17:1-19

Quick trivia question: which Olympian is the record holder for the most Olympic medals of all time? Michael Phelps is the correct answer, which if you didn’t know already, you probably guessed by the title! But this picture only shows his medals from one Olympics. Guess how many total medals he has won? Total ofContinue reading “Does Michael Phelps have an unfair advantage? (and why it matters for followers of Jesus!) Luke 17:1-19”

How Jesus invites us to be like Olympic athletes

Are you excited for the Olympics in Rio this summer?   Already you have probably been hearing about athletes who are training for the summer Olympics in Rio. I am really looking forward to the Olympics, as I always enjoy watching the competition. It is awesome to see what these athletes can accomplish, and it isContinue reading “How Jesus invites us to be like Olympic athletes”

Full (or Fool?) Marathons & Beating Our Bodies – 1st Corinthians 9:19-27

Running has been an exciting part of my life for the past 5 years.  As we continue studying the letter of 1st Corinthians, in the section from this past Sunday, Paul talks about running to get a prize and the necessary training that goes into getting in shape.  I started training for the Bird-in-Hand HalfContinue reading “Full (or Fool?) Marathons & Beating Our Bodies – 1st Corinthians 9:19-27”

Self-enslavement? To everyone?…A good thing?

After a few weeks off from studying for a new sermon, I am back at it, and I have to admit I’m a bit nervous.  I almost always look forward to preaching, something that has grown on me over the years.  But there are still a few Sundays that I don’t look forward to it. Continue reading “Self-enslavement? To everyone?…A good thing?”