Rustlings (May 7, 2018)

Rustlings (May 7, 2018)

Ministry is a marathon not a sprint. We recognize the slow work of God in the life of individuals and the church. While instantaneous conversions have occurred in the lives of the Apostle Paul and a few other saints, most of us move slowly through the corridor of...
Rustlings (April 30, 2018)

Rustlings (April 30, 2018)

There are only 239 more days until Christmas – just thought I’d give you a heads up. It came to mind because I am sitting in an Alliance of Baptists meeting. The Alliance of Baptists (AOB) is one of our three mission affiliates along with the Cooperative Baptist...
Rustlings (April 23, 2018)

Rustlings (April 23, 2018)

For part of our lives, we are encouraged to sit. As a child, I was told to sit still in church, sit quietly at recitals, sit in a corner when I was disobedient and sit politely at the dinner table. Learning to sit was an important skill. In later years, we are...
Rustlings (April 15, 2018)

Rustlings (April 15, 2018)

It happens at least once a month. A congregant exits our Sanctuary, stops in the Narthex to shake my hand, smiles apologetically and says, “You shared a nice sermon today, but I primarily come for the music.” I typically smile and respond, “Me too. I’ve already heard...
Rustlings (April 9, 2018)

Rustlings (April 9, 2018)

Anthony Doerr’s novel All the Light We Cannot See has won numerous awards including the 2015 Pulitzer Prize and the 2015 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in fiction. It is a beautifully written account of a French girl – blind from her childhood – and an orphaned...
Rustlings (April 2, 2018)

Rustlings (April 2, 2018)

The Easter story – the story of Jesus – is filled with siblings. From the beginning of Jesus’ ministry until his resurrection and ascension, we encounter kin characters like: Peter and Andrew, Mary and Martha, and of course, James and John. While one sibling seems to...