• Faith Reflections

    Proper Posture Matters

    The following is the text from my sermon on June 12, 2016 at FBC JC. The lectionary text was Psalm 5.  You can also listen to the audio file here. Sit up straight. Shoulders back. Stop slouching. Both feet on the floor. Some of you just heard your mother’s voice and, without thinking, adjusted your posture. Those are but a few of the marching orders of proper posture. Last week on our senior trip to Virginia we had a discussion one night over dinner about the “elbows off the table” rule. There is an old saying, “Mable, Mable, strong and…

  • Faith Reflections

    Whatever This Day May Bring

    Early in the morning I cry to you. Help me to pray and to concentrate my thoughts on you: I cannot do this alone. In me there is darkness, but with you there is light; I am lonely, but you do not leave me; I am feeble in heart, but with you there is help; I am restless, but with you there is peace. In me there is bitterness, but with you patience; I do not understand your ways, but you know the way for me … Restore me to liberty, and enable me so to live now That I…

  • Faith Reflections

    A Love that Never Quits

    We’ve got some messed up ideas about God. That God is a mean dictator or a strict parent who wants us to sit up straight and not make a mess or have any fun. That God is moody and impossible to please. The God Jesus taught us about is completely opposite. God is the determined shepherd scouring the countryside for the one lost sheep. God is the frantic woman flipping over all the furniture in the house looking for her lost coin. God is the crazy father who runs out to meet his rebellious son, overwhelming him with love and…

  • Faith Reflections

    Wake Up, Sleeper

    I read a story about a disciple who asked his master whether there was anything he could do to make himself grow spiritually. The master answered: “As little as you can do to make the sun rise in the morning.” Disconcerted, the disciple asked what then was the use of the spiritual exercises the master had taught him. And the master replied: “To make sure you are not asleep when the sun begins to rise.” This past weekend was our annual youth DiscipleNow Weekend and the theme was Awaken based on Ephesians 5:14 – Wake up from your sleep, Climb out of your coffins;…

  • Sermons

    From Surviving to Thriving Spiritually

    The following is my sermon from Sunday, January 31, 2016, at First Baptist Church, Jefferson City, Missouri.  We concluded a four week series on Overcoming Spiritual Burnout. You can read below or listen here. Text: Acts 18:5-11; Romans 12:11-12 Survivor. It’s not just a reality show on television. Most of us today feel like we are trying to survive.  And to be honest, we feel like we’re failing at it.  One of my favorite Christian bloggers, Jen Hatmaker, tapped into this feeling a couple of years ago with a blog she wrote about being the worst end of school mom…

  • Faith Reflections

    From Fear to Freedom

    Because I am paying attention to the idea of freedom and the bondage of fear, I have been more aware this year just how much our culture is in bondage to fear and anxiety. Our conversations, our social media postings, our news cycles, and our economic and political rhetoric repeatedly come from a posture of fear.

  • Faith Reflections

    A Prayer for a New School Year

    Blessed are You, O God, our Creator. We thank you for the energy and the spirit that you renewed in us through the summer months. We thank you for the time to enjoy our family and friends and to savor what is important in our lives. Today is a new day and we come before You, the Author of new beginnings, asking your blessing on this new year. Bless this community of administrators, educators, and staff as they prepare for the year ahead. Help them to inspire their students so that learning will not cease at the classroom door. Grant…