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A Pastor’s Perspective 02-04-2022

Appointed in August, the PSC began meeting immediately, dissecting responsibilities and prioritizing tasks. With Mark Ingram voted as chairman, this committee began a time of discernment, researching various models of search committees. Mike Cogdill had recommended the Centers for Healthy Churches. This new approach brought both questions and new possibilities. In October, the PSC interviewed […]

Take It With You 01.30.2022

Today we begin a 5 week series on Being the Family of God, working and worshiping our way through several passages in the Book of Ephesians and in 1 Corinthians as we look at Commitment, Corpus (Unity), Conflict, Communication, and Communion.  It truly seems like the right word for the right time in this season […]

A Pastor’s Perspective 01-25-2022

Well, they say the first day is the toughest.   The Pastor Search Team (PST) challenged us to 40 days of prayer.  Most of us began praying the day we heard John was retiring.   Our prayer….. “Lord, you know what we need, we need a pastor who…..”.  Seems that prayer needs to be restructured with something […]

Take It With You 01.23.2022

Recently, I heard an illustration about dealing with difficult and often negative emotions, like anger, disappointment, frustration, anxiety, fear, etc. I cannot remember the original source of the illustration, as I was hearing it from someone who heard it from someone else, but here it is. Think of your life as a journey and yourself […]

A Pastor’s Perspective 01-18-2022

As I have grown in my faith, I’ve been drawn more and more to the Old Testament. I hope to write my dissertation on Ezra-Nehemiah and thoroughly enjoyed studying for my Judges class on Wednesday evenings. Matt Chandler once pointed out that these books take us “to the deep-end of our faith.” These books force […]

Take It With You 01.16.2022

As the first century church begins to grow, the Apostles are handling the business of the church, which includes prayer, spreading the Word of God and taking care of those in need. Exponential growth brings new problems, like who is to help with the many needs of those in the community of Believers, both spiritual […]

A Pastor’s Perspective 01-11-2022

When I had my first interview with David Crocker back in 1995 for the Minister of Youth, David asked me, “What is the best way to disciple youth?” I remember saying that there were several ways, but the best way was through missions. We connected with that, as Snyder had just done their first Operation […]

Take It With You 01.09.2022

“Do not be amazed; you are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who has been crucified. He has risen; He is not here” Certain modern writers of history have fallen into a habit of thinking of Christianity as one in a long line of religions, each ultimately doing the same thing: looking for God. What they […]

A Pastor’s Perspective 01-04-2022

I’ve used a chronological Bible for daily devotions this year and as 2021 comes to an end, I’m in Revelation. I’ll freely admit it’s not my favorite book. The seals, creatures, beasts, plagues, earthquakes and falling stars make for tough reading. Speaking of plagues, I’d heard about plagues in other parts of the world, but […]

Take It With You 01.02.2022

For every yes there is a cost. When we say yes to a new job we take a risk that it won’t be the right move.  When we agree to teach Sunday School we have the cost of time in preparation, outreach and attendance. Saying yes can mean our children are in the nursery for […]