Courageous or Cowardly?

Remember the classic movie, Wizard of Oz? One of the characters that made us laugh was the Cowardly Lion. If something went BUMP, he would jump. He was always afraid and lacked the courage to face, well, anything. It may have been comical, but no one wants to live in fear. We need courage. Nothing…

Wear a Mask in Church!

Maybe you’ve noticed how hard it is to agree on things these days. Every topic feels like an unresolveable argument just waiting to happen. From the presidential election to the politics of a pandemic to the police and how we promote justice in light of our country’s legacy of slavery, I don’t recall a time…

Cancel Culture

Growing up, I was taught that there were at least two sides to every argument. Scripture reminds us that “The first to state his case seems right until his neighbor comes to cross-examine him” Proverbs 18:17 (GW). Getting another perspective is both wise and biblical! Regrettably, there is a growing intolerance to hear any other…

Lost in Translation

Communication is a complicated thing. Too often, our words are misunderstood. Our assumptions cloud the message. Someone said that “good communication is the bridge between confusion and clarity.” The cultural debate is plagued with misunderstanding. The radicalized left seems to believe that no good thing dwells within America nor its history. The strong language of…

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…

Division

The enemy would love to bring division as we reopen our counties and reenter our church buildings. From smaller issues like wearing face coverings to the looming concerns addressing racism, there seems to be increasing questions and growing anxiety. LET’S TALK The Bible says that we are to be “eager to maintain the unity of…

Our Statements

Our country is splintered. We are at a crossroads. One direction has the potential to bring great redemption; the other has the potential to bring great destruction. As Christians, we must care about the prejudice against the black community. We cannot be silent. Our silence denies the reality of racism. On the other hand, the…

Why Is This So Difficult?

A recent survey showed that 80% of Americans believe that the country is out of control. If your social media feed is anything like mine, you can scroll from #blacklivesmatter to “all lives matter” to “what’s the big deal?” in a matter of seconds. Every opinion is on display, often without regard for the pain…

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…

When We All Get Together

Remember that old kid’s song, “The more we get together, the happier we will be?” Well, I’m wondering how happy we’ll be getting back together into our buildings. Seriously. Right now, pastors and churches are being pulled in many directions. Some want to open up everything right now while others want to wait until everything…

5 Things I Know About (Almost) Every Pastor Right Now

Yes, we are heading back to a new normal. The scary thing is that there are a lot of moving parts during this transition time. God said that if we lack wisdom, we need to ask Him for it (James 1:5). We need clarity and confidence as we restart ministries and reenter our facilities. Let’s…

Reopening Slowly

We are starting to reopen! This past weekend the Archdiocese of Portland began holding public services. Many counties in Oregon and Washington will be entering Phase 1. In Oregon, gatherings under 25 will be allowed, which includes religious gatherings.  In Washington, drive-in services are now permitted. So what does that mean for our churches in…