How Jesus sees us, and others

9/30/2022

I typically dislike when my job is mentioned as a part of my introduction to others. I cannot count how many times have I been introduced to someone with the words, “This is Andy, the pastor at our church.” It...

Living among those you serve

9/27/2022

"Which one of you, having a hundred sheep and losing one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness and go after the one that is lost until he finds it?” "Or what woman having ten silver coins,...

Living amongst those you serve

8/31/2022

"Which one of you, having a hundred sheep and losing one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness and go after the one that is lost until he finds it?” "Or what woman having ten silver coins,...

Play a Rest

8/29/2022

Be still and know that I am God. Psalm 46:10 My Father, a professional jazz musician and composer, tutored me in jazz theory and piano performance growing up. One day as my dad and I played a song together, I...

Removing obstacles and moving forward

7/29/2022

I serve a downtown church with a parking lot big enough for four, maybe five, cars. During the week it serves us just fine as the staff and membership have all navigated this scenario for years. However, on Sundays, many...

Energy, Imagination, Intelligence and Love

6/30/2022

In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. -Genesis 1:1 When we take on an ordained position in the church, we take a vow to “pray for and seek to serve the people with energy, intelligence, imagination, and...

Called, named, chosen

6/1/2022

Leer la devoción en español. May 30, 2022 As I write this devotional, I am at the hospital waiting for more responses to know what is happening and the reason I am here. It has been seven days since I...

Epistles provide encouragement, comfort in challenging times

4/29/2022

During the Season of Lent, I preached a sermon series based on the epistles assigned in the Revised Common Lectionary. This was a bit of a Lenten discipline for me. Usually, I preach on the assigned gospel readings from the...

Rewilding the Pastor’s Spirit

3/30/2022

At once the Spirit forced Jesus out into the wilderness. He was in the wilderness for forty days, tempted by Satan. He was among the wild animals, and the angels took care of him. (Mark 1:12-13 CEB) Growing up I loved...

The breath of God and breath of life

2/25/2022

Deuteronomy 30:15-20 (The Message) Look at what I’ve done for you today: I’ve placed in front of you Life and Good Death and Evil. And I command you today: Love God, your God. Walk in the Lord’s ways. Keep God’s...