(Un)Welcome Home

October 19, 2016

Most of us struggle either to live up to the hopes and expectations of our families, or to escape from their judgments and criticisms.


Oct 9, 2016 Peace! Be Still.

October 10, 2016

The story of Jesus calming the storm is based on one of my life passages Mark 4:35-41. My experience is that Jesus can indeed calm both the storms around us and the storms within us. And he does it even when our faith is painfully small.


Oct 2, 2016 Hope for the Future

October 3, 2016

This Sunday marked the beginning of my second year as pastor of the First Baptist Church of Kalamazoo. I used the occasion to reflect on the church's rich heritage and the inevitable changes that must be made in order to be faithful to God's calling to reach a world increasingly disinterested in church. (Hint: the answer doesn't involve style of music, video graphics or preachers in skinny jeans telling hilarious stories.)


Discerning Good and Evil

September 28, 2016

What could be easier than telling the difference between good and evil? Apparently it isn't as easy as it sounds or we wouldn't have so many people in this election convinced the other party's candidate is not only wrong, but evil. This kind of confusion isn't new; some people in the Bible couldn't tell the difference between Jesus and the devil.


Aug 14: Forgiven and Healed

August 16, 2016

One of the most humorous - and most profound - episodes in the life of Jesus involves the paralyzed man lowered through the roof by his friends into the home where Jesus was speaking. 


July 31: Evil Spirits and Mental Health

August 1, 2016

What happens when the goodness of Jesus encounters the evil and craziness of the world? (1 Samuel 16:14-23, Mark 1:16-28, Romans 12:21)


July 24: Starting Small

July 26, 2016

If Jesus wanted to turn the world upside down, he could hardly have chosen a less likely group of disciples to carry out his mission. He chose ordinary people and helped them do extraordinary things; he still does the same thing today. 


July 17: False Choices, True Peace

July 21, 2016

What do you say to 170 visitors at your church for a worship service, especially when nearly 100 of them are high school seniors presenting special music? Here's what I felt God was leading me to say.


July 3: It’s Time to Turn Around

July 7, 2016

Jesus came with a clear message: If you don't want to miss what God is doing, it's time to turn around!


June 5: Weeds among the Wheat

June 30, 2016

The church may be the strangest organization in the world: those who are convinced they belong often don't, and those who are convinced they don't belong often do.