Book Reviews, Books, Diversity, Uncategorized

First Line Fridays #3: “Fear of the Other: No Fear in Love” by William H. Willimon

Welcome to First Line Fridays! First Line Fridays a fun meme hosted by Hoarding Books! The aim of the game? Grab the book closest to you and share the first line! Title: Fear of the Other: No Fear in Love  Author: William H. Willimon Genre: Christian Nonfiction Length: 91 Pages (Paperback) First lines: "Thanks to fellow Christians… Continue reading First Line Fridays #3: “Fear of the Other: No Fear in Love” by William H. Willimon

Books, Ministry, Pastoral Life

Book Clubs: A Christian Tradition

The Church has a long history of supporting the arts. During the middle ages in Europe, the church was responsible for the education and formation of the people. During a time when the majority of the people lived with the ever looming threat of starvation, the church provided a home and a livelihood for young people… Continue reading Book Clubs: A Christian Tradition

Books, Ministry

First Line Fridays #5: The Redemption of Scrooge

Welcome to First Line Fridays! First Line Fridays is a fun meme hosted by Hoarding Books! The aim of the game? Grab the book closest to you and share the first line!   https://youtu.be/Tzy_lrIVABE   Title: The Redemption of Scrooge  Authors: Matt Rawle Publisher:  Abingdon Press Genre: Christian nonfiction/ Small Group Study/ Devotional/ Advent Study "What comes to… Continue reading First Line Fridays #5: The Redemption of Scrooge

Disability & Accessibility, Diversity, Ministry, Pastoral Life, Stewardship, Women in Ministry

16 Easy Ways the Church Can Be More Accessible to People With Disabilities

Dear Friends, It's that time of year again! Easter will soon be upon us and that means that many of our churches will (hopefully) be having many visitors! No matter what time of year it is, it is my hope that we will do our best to make our worship services and church buildings as… Continue reading 16 Easy Ways the Church Can Be More Accessible to People With Disabilities

Books, Ministry

First Line Friday #4: “Sent: Delivering the Gift of Hope at Christmas” by Jorge Avecedo

Welcome to First Line Fridays! First Line Fridays a fun meme hosted by Hoarding Books! The aim of the game? Grab the book closest to you and share the first line! https://youtu.be/T3wFS4cJkLw Title: Sent: Delivering the Gift of Hope at Christmas Authors: Jorge Avecdeo, Jacob Armstrong, Rachel Billups, Justin LaRosa & Lanecia Rouse Publisher: Abingdon Press Genre: Christian… Continue reading First Line Friday #4: “Sent: Delivering the Gift of Hope at Christmas” by Jorge Avecedo

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Devotions, Preaching, Sermons & Sermon Notes

Devotion: Forgiveness Takes Strength (His Encouragement #2)

Strength doesn't always look like we expect. This Thanksgiving, let us give thanks for the many earthly blessings in our lives. Let us praise God for food, family, and a home. These are all good gifts; however, on this busy Thanksgiving day, I encourage you to take a quiet moment and to earnestly thank God for the most precious gift of all, the gift of a savior who is strong enough to forgive our sins. 

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Ministry, Stewardship

Good Stewardship Is More Than Money

“Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.”  (2 Corinthians 9:6-7) Dear Reader,           God calls all of to be Good Stewards of God’s Creation. We… Continue reading Good Stewardship Is More Than Money

Ministry, Preaching

The Importance of Sermon Preparation

A lot of people ask me how I prepare for my sermons. For me, the most important aspect of my job is my preaching. I approach each week’s sermon preparation with the outmost care and respect because when I received my call to ministry, the voice of the Lord was incredibly clear: “Be a preacher… Continue reading The Importance of Sermon Preparation