The Prince of Peace in a World that’s not Peaceful

Advent officially begins this Sunday, and I’m ready! I’m ready because our focus in Advent will be peace and Jesus as the Prince of Peace. It feels like the world could use some more of that. In fact, this Sunday we’re going to talk about the paradox of Jesus being...

The Party of God

The week of an election is a time when each party assesses its wins and losses. Where did Republicans beat Democrats and where did Democrats beat Republicans? I’d like to suggest we use different language. As people of faith, we are not people of a party first. We are...

The Kingdom of God is not at Risk

Thank you, St. Paul’s family, for your expressions of sympathy after the loss of my aunt. We’re grateful that her time of greatest difficulty was brief and that she now rests from her labor. Last week was a difficult one not only personally for my family,...

Our ministry to and with kids

Earlier this year St. Paul’s Church Council targeted four areas of focus for the remainder of 2018 and continuing into 2019. One of those goals is to “facilitate the spiritual development of young people.” We have made tremendous progress in this goal just in...

All of us have a God-given purpose

I received an email this morning from a teacher asking for prayers because a full week of indoor recess is very trying. I remember indoor recess – and I believe this teacher! So I prayed for her and other teachers. In doing so, I was reminded of the difficult...

When a plan comes together

It’s nice when a plan comes together. We’re getting ready to launch a great fall, and it’s all coming together well. Jamie Turk is off to a great start organizing volunteers and launching a new approach to your kids’ Sunday morning experience. Starting September 9...