Finding Unity

Biblical over Political In the chaos and unrest of today’s America, it’s easy to lose our way. Each voice seems more demanding than the last, each appears to have a nugget of truth, and each one seems to stand in opposition to the other. As Christ-followers, how do we find our way? We find God’s…

We Just Don’t Get It!

We just don’t get it. I’m saying that as a white person…we don’t get it! We don’t get how widespread discrimination is in our society. We don’t get the fear and frustration that people of color are feeling. We don’t get how scary it can be to be pulled over by a cop hoping you’ll…

Church For Us (Part 1)

I’m amazed that anyone shows up for Sunday Worship! Why? Because everyone has a different opinion. The room is too hot (or too cold); the sermons are too long (or too short); the music is too loud (or too listless); the greeters aren’t friendly enough (or too gushy), and the list of preferences goes on…

Great Quotes from our Midwinter Retreat

This week is our annual Midwinter Retreat in Newport. It’s a time when pastors and ministry leaders and their spouses carve out time to take a deep breath and reconnect—with each other and God.  Our speaker this year is Rick McKinley. He is the founding pastor of Imago Dei in Portland, Oregon. With our theme…

What Holiness Looks Like

Holiness is drawing closer to God. That’s the desire of every believer, isn’t it? The Psalmist yearned for that as he prayed, “Who may dwell in your sanctuary? Who may live on your holy hill?” (Psalm 15:2). He summarizes the answer with two words: those who are ‘blameless’ and ‘righteous.’ A person who desires to…

Missions and Chaos

By Wayne Schock Wayne Schock is our Conference’s Director of Cross-Cultural Outreach. If your church is looking for someone to help you reach out to immigrants and various ethnic groups in your community, this is the guy you need to talk with. I’ve asked Wayne to share a bit about his experience in missions and…

The Real Meaning of Christmas

When asked the best thing about Christmas, answers range from vacation time to hot chocolate to ugly Christmas sweaters! In fact, in a list of the twenty-five best things about Christmas, carols, music, and a “time of giving,” come the closest to the real reason for the season. But the words Jesus, Savior, and Immanuel…

Giving First

Yesterday was Giving Tuesday also known as the National Day of Giving. It’s interesting we put that day after Black Friday and Cyber Monday. We have it backward, don’t we? –After all our getting, we add giving, almost as an afterthought. The Bible says it should be just the opposite: we should give first, not…

7 Things to Pray for Your Church

I don’t pray enough. One thing that helps me in my prayer time is having a guide for what I am to pray about. Here’s my list for us to pray for the local church. I hope it will prompt you to pray more for your church.

A Better Walk with God

I’m in a series of blogs entitled “Better!” In the last blog, I shared how I believe that better is, well, better. So often in our enthusiasm for the new year, we over-commit and over-extend ourselves, setting impossible goals and sabotaging ourselves along the way. Let’s make it our goal to do and be just…

Let’s Pray for One Another

I’ve met people who think they can be the church on their own. The Bible says that’s impossible. There are no Lone Ranger Christians. Every metaphor of the church is about others. We are the “body of Christ”, with many parts. We are the “family of God”, related as brothers and sisters. We were made to…

How to “Forgive One Another”

We’re in a four-week series, talking about our “one anothers.” For week three, we’re addressing forgiveness…of others and for ourselves. We’ve all been hurt by others and we all have hurt others. That’s why we all need forgiveness. Paul wrote that we are to “…forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as…