The Parish

The Parish

I remember the day like it was yesterday. I had a couple hundred people in my ministry as a young pastor and I thought I was “relevant” to the culture to which I was called. Someone asked me a question not precisely like this but the essence was the same,...

Living the Eucharistic Life

The Eucharist, Communion, the Lord’s Supper, or whatever your tradition calls it is one of the key sacraments in scripture. No matter our tradition by the taking of the elements we are called to live a Eucharistic life. It’s not enough to just take the elements then...
Why Liturgy Matters for Mission

Why Liturgy Matters for Mission

It has been trendy over the last twenty or so years to remove liturgy from our worship services. Around the time of the seeker sensitive movement it became normal for evangelical churches to remove all liturgy from their worship services. It just became 3 songs, a...
Lent. What is it and Should I participate?

Lent. What is it and Should I participate?

Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent. Lent is the period of time before Easter that Christians fast in preparation for the celebration of the resurrection of Christ. Fasting is a spiritual discipline that every follower of Jesus is called to practice and it is a...

A season of giving gifts

As a kid I remember all I talked about around the Christmas season is “what are you getting for Christmas?” or “What did you get for Christmas?” We never talked about what we gave for Christmas. I think even as we head into adulthood it is the same. Sure, those of us...