Family Blog

A Pastor’s Perspective 07-27-2021

God continues to bless our families and our church body with little ones. Kids bring so much joy into our lives. With each passing year the joys are coupled with different challenges, aren’t they? Even if you don’t have children you can remember and appreciate the challenges you gave your parents. Parenting is not easy. […]


Unity is hard.  We humans are a stubborn bunch.  We all have our ideas for how things should be, colored by our own experiences, personalities, upbringing, culture, and preferences.  I’m sure each of us can quickly think of a time when we were part of a dispute over how to solve a problem or spend […]

A Pastor’s Perspective 07-20-2021

Becky and I enjoyed our time away to visit our kids/grandkids last week. Round-trip, we traveled over 1300 miles of beautiful highways. I think I enjoyed the alone time in the truck with Becky as much as I did visiting the kids. It was good to be back in church with you on Sunday. Andy […]

Take It With You 07.18.2021

I have just started reading Makoto Fujimura’s book Silence and Beauty which is influenced by Shusaku Endo’s 1966 book Silence, a historical fictional account of 17th century missionaries to Japan. Fujimura, an internationally renown Japanese American artist, writer, speaker, and Christian, recounts the unimagined opportunity to do graduate studies at Tokyo University School of the […]

A Pastor’s Perspective 07-13-2021

It’s hard to believe we are going on two weeks out from our camp trip to Crowders Ridge! But, first, I must echo the sentiment of our students this past Sunday; thank you. Thank you for the support of our students here at Snyder. I am thankful for Snyder’s desire to help these students grow […]

Take It With You 07.11.2021

Often, when we make plans and resolutions to read the Bible more consistently, we have an idealized vision of our reading experience. We imagine that we will pick up the bible, flip to a random passage, read it, and be instantly transformed and enlightened. But in reality, we often run into places in scripture that […]

Take It With You 07.04.2021

I don’t know about you, but I have never known a life outside the Christian life.  Now that’s not to say I have lived a perfect faith journey, but I was raised in a home and community where the Christian faith was prevalent. I knew the stories, characters, and events from the Bible in my […]

A Pastor’s Perspective 06-29-2021

Hopefully, you joined us for worship yesterday in person or by livestream. If not, it’s not too late! Pull up the service on our website and enjoy a time of worship. Due to the dedication of our tech team and your vision for the future in providing for tech resources, worship can take place again […]

Take It With You 06.27.2021

Where do you feel God’s presence?  Do you have a place-besides inside the church building, where we intentionally come anticipating sensing God’s presence-that brings God’s presence into clear focus?  For me, it’s water: anytime I am near or in or on water, I feel a peace and a presence that I am confident is the […]

A Pastor’s Perspective 06-22-2021

A few years ago, John Cook, Geron Gambill, a few deacons at the time, along with the personnel committee drafted what eventually became the current policy for a minister’s sabbatical leave. It is a combination of earned vacation time with church-granted time away. My sabbatical begins in late June and ends in late August. Time […]