This post was originally viewed in the local newspaper, The Lovington Leader. People go hungry every day. Hunger looks different depending on where you are in the world. In some countries young children die because of a lack of food. In America, death isn’t so likely, but hunger and a lack of nutrition is a … Continue reading Lovington Food Coalition
In the Church of the Nazarene, we practice open communion. We participate in the Lord's Supper/Eucharist once a month during ordinary time and each week during Advent and Lent. Communion is a sacrament. It is a a sign of God's grace in our lives. And this grace is offered to all and we remind our … Continue reading Open Communion
This Sunday, I am beginning a new series on the book of Philippians. This is a letter that is many people's favorite. It's a letter of thanksgiving from Paul, who at the time of writing it was in a Roman prison. And he was full of joy. Why? It doesn't really make sense. Yet Paul, as … Continue reading #GospelParticipation
This morning was See You at the Pole. I've participated in these once a year prayer gatherings for many years as a student, a youth pastor, and now a lead pastor. These are good things. Prayer is always important. Waking up early and eating donuts and coffee is fun (well not really, ha except the coffee … Continue reading Being Christian Doesn’t Equal Being American
Here is the sermon I gave yesterday @LovingtonNaz. It wasn't so much a sermon as a story I told from the perspective of one of Jesus' disciples. It starts with Jesus' first sermon on the mount and ends with his final sermon with the sheep and the goats. It's not exactly the same as the … Continue reading Gospel of Matthew (retelling from disciple’s perspective)
Like most families, the laundry never ends in our house. Luckily for me, I have the best wife in the world. She does most of the sorting, the loading and unloading the washing machine and dryer, and also the dirty work of getting stains out of our clothes (mostly the kids). My job is to … Continue reading Aspiring Minimalist
This past Sunday I stepped into a new role in my current church. For the past 4 years I have served as the youth pastor and worship leader @LovingtonNaz. Today -- I sit in my really low sitting thrift store office chair as the lead pastor of the same church. WHAT!? When I really think deeply … Continue reading The time has come
I've been asking this question a lot lately. What's the point of it all? It's both a simple question and profoundly deep question. In every area of life we are faced with this question: What's the point? How am I to live in this crazy world with any sort of point or meaning. Even as … Continue reading What’s the point?
In just over three years doing ministry in Lovington, NM, I have helped serve around 30 times in a local mobile food distribution to the poor in our community. Once a month a refrigerated semi truck full of produce, meat, bread, and other random snacks arrives at our church. There are usually around 100 people … Continue reading I don’t even know their names
The word SHAPE is really intriguing to me for some reason right now. Maxwell just turned 1 year old and will hopefully be learning his shapes soon. Ellie is in school and trying to master her letters, which are fundamentally shapes. Hopefully she will be able to put these crazy looking shapes together in words … Continue reading Shapes: Fitting in everywhere, yet never really fitting.