Rooted, Growing, Reaching…

One of the things I’m enjoying most about this “Ten Summer Sundays” series at our church is the variety of creative worship experiences. Every week a different theme, but always growing out of our core mission statement: “Rooted in Christ; Growing together in Faith; Reaching out to others.” July 2, Rebekah preached an amazing sermon on freedom; the next week Jesus stopped by to share … Continue reading Rooted, Growing, Reaching…

portraits around Mother’s Day

The Lord bless you     and keep you;  the Lord make his face shine on you     and be gracious to you;  the Lord turn his face toward you     and give you peace. – Numbers 6:24-26 For our family, Mother’s Day turns out to be one more excuse to get together and celebrate life. Of course, it helps to have a handy assortment of mothers available, and I … Continue reading portraits around Mother’s Day

Living a Great Story with Grace and Promise

I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. – Philippians 1:3-6 My big job … Continue reading Living a Great Story with Grace and Promise

Why church is the right place to be even if you can’t imagine being a believer

I am a Pilgrim in Progress: I want this morning’s post to stand (without any arm-twisting or guilt or leverage) as a persuasive invitation to let everything else go for a few hours, to show up at a church in your community, and to simply place yourself/ourselves in the presence of God. For this invitation I’m not even asking that you walk in as a believer – I’d just like … Continue reading Why church is the right place to be even if you can’t imagine being a believer

the birds of Wake Forest

It’s a cold, “wintery-mix” Monday morning here in Wake Forest. Rebekah and I have been drinking hot tea and looking out of the big bay window in the kitchen, enjoying the beautiful array of birds visiting our feeder. She’s been using binoculars and looking at the bird books (we’re still trying to learn North Carolina’s bird population), and I’ve been trying to capture some of the … Continue reading the birds of Wake Forest