Bible

Impractical Sermons

We’re borrowing the research conducted by Andy Stanley on growing faith this fall and the first way Christians said they grew to a bigger faith was through PRACTICAL TEACHING. Jesus said to his disciples in the Great Commission, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and…

Leaps of Faith

Would you like to have a bigger faith? That was the question for Sunday’s message. We meet people, read about situations, and may even have experiences with God that lift our faith. In the movie, “As Good As It Gets”, Jack Nicholson says to Helen Hunt: “You make me want to be a better man.”…

Failure to Worship

On Sunday, I wanted to talk about worship and I found the image of the verger, the one who gets the sheep out of the sanctuary before the service, to be a helpful one. While talking about getting the distractive sheep out, creating space for God as our guest, and preparing ourselves, I ran across…

Feeling More Faith

WHAT I WISHED I HAD SAID… The last of the Summer Series on Prayers from the Bible came from the disciples: “Increase our faith”! Maybe you’ve prayed that prayer using different words.  Lord, make me a better Christian. I want to know more about you. O God, I don’t think I can make it. For…

Summer of Prayers

Over the summer, we have been studying a collection of prayers that Biblical people prayed. With each topic, there seemed to be one or more tasks or exercises to practice in our prayers. Moses taught us to find that PLACE or “tent of meeting” and talk with God as a friend talks to a friend….

Prayers of Jabez & Solomon

WHAT I MEANT TO SAY…. I never leave a Sunday service without a list of things I meant to say, but didn’t, so maybe that would be a good theme for the new blog on the new website: Things I Wish I Had Said. Yesterday, I was trying to make the case that both Jabez…

Spring has arrived at Eastwood Baptist!

“After Jesus had spoken these words, he went out with his disciples across the Kidron valley to a place where there was a garden…” John 18:1   We’re standing on the Mount of Olives, looking at the City of Jerusalem. The area between us is part of the Kidron Valley, an area Jesus passed through…

Cliffs

Cliffs

I’ve actually gone over a couple cliffs in my life, once in scouting and once at a training event for seminarian field education supervisors. I always had a harness, a rope, a helmut, and a safety line. And even with all that, it still felt like a life threatening moment as I would make my…

The Church and Natural Disasters

It’s been over two years since the earthquake and tsunami hit Japan. What followed was the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster. Nearly a million people were forced out of their homes and 20,000 died. Within a few hours, churches and relief agencies, many of whom were faith based, responded. What made this unlike any previous disaster…