A Better Hope

Hope is an amazing thing. A little bit of hope can go a long way. It inspires people to live better lives. It motivates people to keep pressing forward despite obstacles that are in their way. It flies in the face of our present circumstances and promises a better outcome. One of my favorite movie … More A Better Hope

Generous Thanksgiving

Alie and I are preparing to host Thanksgiving dinner for the first time ever. Since we were married, we have traditionally spent Thanksgiving Day at my parents house in Western New York, and Thanksgiving weekend at Alie’s parents in Canton, Ohio. We spent a lot of time in the car, but it was worth it … More Generous Thanksgiving

The Peace of God

The sermon this week focused on Philippians 4:1-9. At the beginning of the final chapter, Paul begins to unpack the practical implications of his teaching. The result is a dense passage packed with admonitions. “Be of the same mind in the Lord.” “Rejoice in the Lord always.” “Let your gentleness be evident to all.” “Don’t … More The Peace of God

Sunday Leftovers

There is only so much a preacher can fit into a sermon. People’s opinions vary widely when it comes to the length of a sermon. Some prefer sermons to be short and to the point. Others don’t mind longer, more developed sermons, just so long as they don’t interfere with lunch plans. No matter which … More Sunday Leftovers