“Because he’s black.”

The first eight years of my life were lived on an Air Force base where there was a wide variety of people. My earliest memories of elementary school are of spending time with my best friends, John-John and Keith. John-John’s mom was Vietnamese and his father was African-American giving him wonderful patches of skin – swirls… Continue reading “Because he’s black.”

Top 10 Remebrances: Reflecting on 8 Years Together

Eight years ago, I began my ministry with The Church of the Palms. We’ve done some marvelous things with the help of God. It’s not you or me, it’s us working together following our call from God. Here’s a list of top ten remembrances for the past eight years. 10) Creating a Mission Statement –… Continue reading Top 10 Remebrances: Reflecting on 8 Years Together

Guess who’s retiring?

Seasons change things. The awesomeness of spring in the Sonoran Desert surely moves into the blistering heat of summer. Family and friends graduate and move on with their lives. People die and are gone from our day-to-day actions. People retire from long and blessed careers. Things are always changing. My wife, Wendy, has decided to… Continue reading Guess who’s retiring?

Pentecost – We are called!

In New Testament Greek, the word for church is ekklesia. The word is usually translated as “church,” and also means “assembly, congregation, or meeting.” The Greek literally means “called out ones” from ek meaning “out,” and kaleo, meaning “to call.” Some scholars have stressed that this “called out” sense of the word provides a hint as to how we should… Continue reading Pentecost – We are called!

A Hallmark Holiday

Hallmark Holidays… that’s what some folks call them. The word holiday is derived from the phrase “Holy Days.” Crunch those words together and we get “holiday.” The greeting card industry has entered the picture and added many holy days to our calendar with their ultimate goal to sell more greeting cards. Now, literally, everyday is “holy… Continue reading A Hallmark Holiday

Returning to the guidelines of yesteryear?!

We are a reformed church called to continue to be reforming – in word and deed. Darwin taught us that it is not the biggest or strongest which survive, but those who adapt the best. Yet, in the news recently, parts of our government want to return to yesteryear, specifically, 1864. One hundred years before… Continue reading Returning to the guidelines of yesteryear?!

Transitions.

There is beauty in the cycles of life. There is a level of comfort in the familiarity. In the garden, we’re transitioning from springtime where we can grow practically anything and everything to heat tolerant plants. Plus, we’re trying to find shade for those who need protection from the blistering sun of summer. At home… Continue reading Transitions.

Creation Justice Sunday: April 21

Our Creation Justice Team will be leading worship this Sunday in celebration of Earth Day. Earth Day is an annual reminder that climate change has a major impact on our planet, our lives, and our future. It can also increase awareness and drive change. From LED lighting to solar panels to using compostable products to… Continue reading Creation Justice Sunday: April 21