Ego Check

    Whenever I feel like a great number of things are going my way and that I am a great, wonderful pastor that rocks the socks of any and all congregants I know that a trip to Home Depot will stop all of that prideful foolishness.  Actually this trip to the home improvement universe wasn’t for such reasons, just some floodlights and drain-o, but it sure did the job.

A long time ago when I was young and idealistic I thought that I could navigate this colossal establishment with only the innate sense of direction  every male (thinks he) possesses and a keen ability to read the signs that announce what sort of product the isle contains.

Checking my pride at the door I embarked upon my journey.  I looked for the light bulbs in the lighting section to no avail.  I passed a 75 year old woman talking about putting down hardwood floors in her kitchen by herself.  I made out something about epoxy and a trout and knew I was out of my league.

Finally, asking an associate (who I suspect has a degree from HDU) said “turn around. The isle behind you is all light bulbs.”  With my tail tucked firmly between my legs, sure enough he was right and I found my floodlight bulbs.

The triumph of the trip was that after only 7 mor minutes I found the drain-o.  🙂 woohoo!!

The moral of the story–Your not perfect so don’t pretend, and don’t shop with Chris.

Monday Morning Shift…

After a crazy Sunday filled with preaching, our fuel service, and a bunch of other weekend goodness it it time to focus on this week.  Mondays are always some good time for reflection and an opportunity to start the week of right with some quality devotion time…I think i will find a corner in the sanctuary and get some DEVO in.

More Than Just Getting Wet: Why is baptism so special?

what is baptism Baptism is one of the most powerful and mysterious practices of our church. This sacrament involves being washed by the water and anointed by the Holy Spirit. Personally I know that it must be of God if just reading theology books about it can make me feel the power of the spirit working through me.

I love seeing others be baptized and joining in the response to care for and nurture another of God’s beloved. It is a powerful time for me to baptize another and be blessed with being a part of God’s work in their lives. Baptism is such a beautiful and good thing for our congregation to experience together.

There are so many different facets of this sacrament. All of the gifts that come with baptism allow is to see god in a new light as well. One of the ways that I believe is a powerful way for the Holy Spirit to work though our congregation is to share our story with one another. So, I would love to hear what makes baptism special for you?

deoderant faith

deo     So the other day I was faced with a bit of a predicament.  You see Katie and I were in a rush to depart for a very important engagement, and I had just come in from a hike with the dog, and both Kronk and I were muddy from head to tail.  In a furry I took a shower, picked out clothes, and raced to find deodorant do that I didn’t smell like my canine companion the entire night.  On the dresser? In the bathroom?  In my travel bag?  Oh where, oh where is my deodorant.  I felt like Bob looking for his hairbrush.  Finally, I saw it…Katie’s powder fresh Dove deodorant.  At last a glimmer of hope.  So now what to do?

Thinking on my feet and unencomberd of shame and all things decent due to my work in youth ministry I snatched up the stick of iron fortified freshness.  Slathering it on my pits I had found a solution to what could have been a very odoriferous outing.  We arrived to our destination on time and all was right and well with the world.

But here is the Kicker!!! Continue reading “deoderant faith”

New Series

We are beginning a great 4 week sermon series on the sacraments at MUMC this week. We are going to be talking about baptism for the next two weeks and then communion for the next two.  I am kicking off the series using Matthew 3:13-17 as my main text.  Should be a good time

My top things

    Through my time on paternity leave I have learned more things than I could have ever imagined.   Things about Life, love, babies and God.  Here are the top ten pearls of wisdom I have gathered while at home getting to know my daughter… Continue reading “My top things”