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A Big Little Word

In order to come to the manger there is something we must do. To come and walk in faithfulness we must first repent.  It is a little word but carries such a big meaning. Not the moralistic meaning religious puritists have assigned to it.  But life-transforming...

Too Many Christmas Parties

What kind of invitation are you looking for? I used to LOVE Christmas party invitations. Keywords here - “used to.”  It was my first Christmas at Williamson’s Chapel as their associate pastor. Under the guidance of my senior pastor, I attended EVERY. SINGLE....

Do you need skywriters to see?

Communication is a two-way street.  It is the number one cause of conflict in relationships because often times what is intended to be communicated is not what is received. It doesn’t mean either partner is wrong, it just indicates they are not on the same page as...

The Botched Declaration of Adoration

It was my first “adult” relationship, so perhaps my emotional and relational intelligence was not quite where it should have been. After dinner we sat at the table having great conversation about life - regrets, hopes, dreams. His dog meandered her way into the dining...

The Missed Invitation

It was always a cringeworthy moment in the sixth grade classroom when someone would arrive with “birthday invitations.”  Different children handled it different ways. Some were quite gracious and considerate of others' feelings. But there were always a few that saw...

Some things are worth waiting for!

Waiting isn’t the easiest of things.  We live in a pretty immediate world. Let’s take food, for instance. First - the invention of “fast food.” Then microwaves. Now there is the Insta Pot - which frankly, is like magic.  Even our entertainment is rather immediate....

Affirming or Condemning

Andrea, you need to meet this guy and hear what he has to say about West. He stopped me in the gym and told me what West was doing in his life. You need to know that what you do makes a difference.” Words uttered by Gary Heck one afternoon during worship planning. The...

The Lacrosse Ball Dog

Recently I was dog-sitting and the dog loved to roll around on her back on top of a tennis ball. I'd seen this happen in a physical therapy office but not with a dog. I'm doing good to get my dog to break into a quick step, much less run. The thoughts of my dog...

What if we all get a plastic Jesus?

"You really have a plastic Jesus? Isn't that like . . . wrong?" Those were the words uttered by someone visiting my office. Around my bookcases and on my desk are things/pictures given to me by friends and family. Granted, they aren't the stereotypical things you'd...

Taking It In and Letting It Out

In worship on Sunday we finished our final guardrail . . guarding our heart. There are four emotions/things we can "watch for" in order to guard our hearts . . . if we notice these things occurring, if we will identify them, process them, and then let them go we will...