Home Worship

What now? After ten weeks of meeting online for services, we’ve opened our doors for in-person services again. June 28 is “The Fifth Sunday of Reopening.” It’s been refreshing for me to see faces of Trinity again. Of course, many are still watching at home via the live stream, and that’s good. Our intention in… Read More ›

Pandemic in Light of the Ten Commandments

I’ve been thinking of doing a sermon series on pandemics in light of the Ten Commandments. I don’t do many sermon series. Aside from Lenten services, I think I have only done one series for Sunday mornings. Otherwise I’ve stuck to the lectionary readings. But, occasionally, something comes up that needs direct attention. Our current… Read More ›

The Sea and Its Limits

Chaos is a particularly terrifying form of evil. It is, by definition, unpredictable. And that’s what makes it so unbearable. You have no idea what will happen next. Chaos could be anything from a house full of hyper children to a global pandemic. You would rather know what is going to happen next, even if… Read More ›

The God Who Suffers

Our world is suffering. People are dying (though that’s nothing new). People are dying alone. Our region hasn’t seen the “newsworthy” tragedy seen in other parts of the nation and world. But our tragedies are still just as real. We’re suffering loneliness and fear as many are forced to sit at home alone and wonder… Read More ›

Tips for Attending Church Online

1) Get ready for church, just as you normally do. Take a shower, put on a nice shirt, etc. You can skip the “We’re going to be late” panic. 2) Go to our website early (about 10:00 instead of 10:30) so you can download the bulletin, print it if you like a paper copy, and… Read More ›

A Coronavirus Reading List

Do you suddenly have some extra time on your hands? Don’t spend it staring at your screen reading every last opinion piece. That’s not healthy. And don’t spend it binge watching mediocre TV shows. Read a good book! Here are some of my recommendations. Some of these are in the church library. Most you would… Read More ›

Trust Not In Pastors

“Put not your trust in princes, in a son of man, in whom there is no salvation” (Ps. 146:3). “It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in man” (Ps. 118:8). In 303 ad the Roman Emperor Diocletian unleashed an aggressive campaign of persecution against the Christian Church. And by “aggressive… Read More ›

No New Doctrine

“But as for you, teach what accords with sound doctrine” (Titus 2:1). I’ve been your pastor for almost five years now. It’s hard to believe the time has gone so fast. I still think of myself as being fairly new here. I’m finding that one of the challenges of not being new anymore is the… Read More ›

Why Did God Allow the Fall into Sin?

Why did God allow the fall into sin? And why did God create the world, knowing that his perfect creation would soon be corrupted? The entire Bible is the story of God’s work to restore his fallen creation. Through much pain and suffering on his part, climaxing with the crucifixion of Jesus, God has been… Read More ›