Don’t judge me!

“Good Friday and Easter — the days of God’s overpowering acts in history, acts in which God’s judgement and grace were revealed to all the world — are just around the corner. Judgment in those hours in which Jesus Christ, our Lord, hung on the cross; grace in that...

Feeling the cross, embracing the resurrection

Our Lenten journey transitions into Holy Week as we walk with Jesus in Jerusalem. Jesus will enlist his disciples to usher in this new era of grace and mercy. He will ask them to get the donkey, arrange for the room, eat with him, allow him to wash their feet,...

How kids develop ‘sticky faith’

At the beginning of Lent, I shared this graphic with a small group of young parents during a Sunday school class. This chart was based on some very simple math assuming a 7-year-old child attending public school and getting the 10 hours of sleep per night recommended...

Giving thanks for God’s movement

Yesterday we had the gift of receiving our confirmands into this congregation’s membership.  As we begin this week, I invite us to take a moment, pausing to reflect and give thanks. We give thanks to God for the Spirit’s movement in our youth, for their desire to...

Updates on Afghan refugees

The Wednesday Men’s Bible Study group, along with other members, are sponsoring four men who had helped the U.S. military in Afghanistan. (A fifth has moved to San One recently passed his written driver’s license test! A major need is for an old car. Currently a van...

Thoughts ahead of Confirmation Sunday

Every year when I get the joy and privilege of teaching both our 8th-grade students and their parents during the Confirmation experience, I am reminded of my own Confirmation journey. My memories range from the group meetings in our small church library gathered...

Silence, to calm & quiet the soul

There is the wonderful but challenging spiritual practice of silence.  The older I get the more I appreciate silence.  Especially in a world of constant human noise, from music to our devices binging with a new message, TV, cars, etc. Know what I mean? To find the...

Faith Like a Child 

One of the weekly joys of my job is leading preschool chapel with 3-, 4- and 5-year-olds from our Weekday Preschool. They come into the sanctuary full of awe, joy, wiggles, and giggles! On Ash Wednesday, we talked about the beginning of Lent, looked for purple and...

Children & Family E-News: March 23, 2022

  Dear Families, Hope you are staying dry & safe today! ⛈ VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL/SUMMER KIDS DISCIPLE CLUB REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN FOR VOLUNTEERS AND FPC MEMBERS! VBS/KDC will be August 1-4; 9am-noon. Ages three-rising 2nd grade will participate in VBS;...

The wit and wisdom of Dr. Johnson

One of my favorite professors at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary recently retired. I never had a chance to have a class with him, but I had the privilege of hearing him preach numerous times. He was also incredibly generous with me when I was the editor of...