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Focus on Partnerships with Our Community Schools

One of the most important and rewarding things I get to do as Pastor of Outreach is work with our local schools. As a member of the Glenn Meadows HOA Board I also get to represent the neighborhood in which I live in a similar capacity. I recently wrote the following article for our quarterly…

For Having Plans and Really Good Wine

Hello Holy Cross Family! I want to take a moment to extend a sincere thank you. Thank you for being so welcoming, thank you for introducing yourselves, and thank you for showing me all that you know and love about your church. It has been a wonderful first month serving you, and I’m so excited…

A New Thing

18 “But forget all that—it is nothing compared to what I am going to do.19 For I am about to do something new!” –Isaiah 43 (NLT) Newness. A new job or a new car or a new year. Acquiring something new or doing something new or celebrating something new is exciting and fun. A fresh experience or…

That’s a Wrap….

I don’t know how things go at your house, but every Christmas morning I am amazed at how our living room can go from looking like a picturesque Norman Rockwell painting with twinkling Christmas lights and perfectly wrapped boxes under the tree to looking like a war zone of wrapping paper , empty boxes and…

The Disturbance of Grace

      It’s an image that I can’t get out of my head. It has stayed with me for years even though I’ve never actually SEEN it. It’s a nativity unlike any you or I have ever experienced. It is a scene of prostitutes, thieves, slaves, and soldiers. There are lepers and tax collectors and a…

Thanksgiving Thoughts

When you really consider it Thanksgiving is perhaps the most American of holidays.  Many of our traditions around Christmas, Easter, Halloween and others were brought over to the United States by our relatives from Europe and other places; but not Thanksgiving.  While the details about how it came about are vague at best and what…

Jesus Freaks and an Empty Bowl

We are in the middle of a four-week series titled “Freak Show,” a series designed to show the misfit nature of our faith. A series, if you will, that shows how odd it is for us to follow this itinerant preacher from Nazareth called Jesus. Now, I don’t use the word “misfit” or “odd” lightly,…

Freaky Sunday

Do you remember the movie “Freaky Friday”? I used to love that movie when I was a kid. (And for the sake of this discussion can we all just agree to say that I mean the 2003 version and that I am not possibly old enough to have watched the 1976 version until it wore…

Grace Upon Grace

This past Sunday, we wrapped up a series titled “This Act of Grace.” Personally, I believe it was fitting to finish it on Reformation Sunday, a day in the life of the Protestant church, particularly Lutheran bent, where we recall Martin Luther and his bold “protestation” of papal abuses in the 16th century. Much good…