Pastor Bailey

Waters of Blessing

We came to the end of our study of How God Grows Faith by looking at pivotal circumstances. Lois came and talked about her mission trip to Nicaragua and how that became a pivotal moment of faith. The Book of James tells us that even challenging circumstances can be growth points for us. The Waters…

Death of Mother’s Day

When Newsweek magazine was still around, they dedicated one page to volunteer editorials. It was called “My Turn”. I almost submitted an article back in the 1980s that I was going to entitle: The Death of Mother’s Day (You can see why I hesitated.) My premise was that from my pastoral perspective, grandparents were increasingly…

Money is a Game

Money is a game. Find a way to work together as a team to win. That line was in one of those “10 tips” lists that come in magazines and in emails. It was about marriage and how to get along. Remember: Money is a game. Find a way to work together as a team…

Horse Pulling at the State Fair

Just when you think you’ve seen it all at the fair, you enter the International Horse Pavilion in time for the horse pull. Oh, don’t get me wrong, the butterfly house was impressive, but this was unexpected entertainment. The place was packed at 7pm. At first, it looked like the teams of horses were going…

Oh God!!!

Ann Lamont recounts a conversation she had with her son in her recent book, Thanks, Help, Wow . He had been thinking about the name “God”.  He explained: I know why we call God, “God”. Whenever you see or do something really great, you say “God”.   I remember an old Christian rocker from the…

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…

Old Faithful

Last week, we stayed outside the Grand Teton National Park near Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Yellowstone was a few hours away, so we decided to take the bus tour to see Old Faithful. I was there when I was 13 years old and the memory I still carry is the smell of sulfur. Fortunately, I have…