Hands

As I have done in previous Lents I am sharing a daily reflection as part of my Lenten discipline. This year I am using the “Wilderness Wanderings” theme compiled by the “Lent Photo a Day” group. The word appointed for today is “Hands.” Hands. Most people are born with two of them. Some are born with less. Most have five fingers each, though some people are born … Continue reading Hands

A Dream Enfolding; God’s Word Fulfilled- A Sermon for Epiphany 3C

The following is the text of the sermon I preached this morning at Messiah Lutheran Church in Hazel Dell. The sermon is based on the readings for today from 1 Corinthians 12:12-31a, and Luke 4:14-21, and incorporates some of the stories I have heard and experienced while serving as mission developer at Messiah’s North Site in Ridgefield.  Hello and good morning- I am excited to … Continue reading A Dream Enfolding; God’s Word Fulfilled- A Sermon for Epiphany 3C

The Boy Jesus in the Temple & Christmas Surprises

My wife Allison and I both preached at Messiah Lutheran Church in Vancouver, Washington this past weekend, preaching on the gospel text from Luke 2:41-52. What follows is the majority of the text that I preached Saturday evening and Sunday morning.  Grace, peace, and Christmas blessings and surprises to you! I will let you in on a little secret, as someone who has been a … Continue reading The Boy Jesus in the Temple & Christmas Surprises

Early Leadership Lessons from Life as a Mission Developer

For the past month and a half I have been serving as a half-time mission developer for a local congregation in the Pacific Northwest. In this short time so far, I have learned a lot. I have been reminded of many other things I have learned before, in work, classes, and other settings, and I have had the enjoyable opportunity to experiment and wonder. During … Continue reading Early Leadership Lessons from Life as a Mission Developer