The Nicest Thing

Someone said just about the nicest thing they could say to me this week when I was out on a pastoral visit . “I love having you over because we’re just talking, it’s not like you’re ‘company.’” While I am quite comfortable with my calling as a pastor, I’ve never been comfortable with being The…

What’s the Point?

I have to confess, I’m tired. I’m tired of conversations about worship being little more than marketing pow-wows. I’m tired of discussions in which the acts of singing, preaching, prayer, and offering are projected through the lens of, “What makes us look good?” Now, the people who reduce worship discussions to audience demographics are not…

Why I Love Lent

Of all the seasons in the Church year, Lent is the one to which I’m most drawn. It’s a season of spiritual reset and reorientation, a deliberate move to be joined to the story of Jesus. While I appreciate the other seasons of the Church year, Lent is the one which absolutely refuses to make…

A Little Place Called Allentown

Last Saturday my wife and I travelled to one of our ABCNJ churches to support their fund raising efforts on behalf of our region’s camp. The church is located in Allentown, NJ, which is a locale to which I’ve never travelled 1. I am grateful to have this omission rectified! Allentown is an absolutely stunning…

Drifters

I don’t have much to say on this one. Any pastor can relate to the existence of “drifters.” People in a hopeless search for a perfect community in which they don’t have to feel any tension. Unfortunately for drifters, the tension 1 we feel in community is partly how the Holy Spirit leads us into…

Unpacking The Aftermath

Originally, Will was supposed to wake up in Boarsblemish after the fight on the road. But I felt there needed to be a more immediate resolution to that encounter, and thus “The Aftermath” came to be. Let’s unpack. Will’s Fever Will doesn’t know it, but when he confronted the Lawyers he was running a fever…