I am learning that there is an ebb and flow to ministry as I continue to navigate my first year as Senior Pastor. Certain times of the year are busier than others. As a youth pastor, the summer was always the craziest. Mission trips, summer camp, VBS. It seemed like it would never end. Now … More Welcome the King
On most Sunday afternoons in the fall, you can find me relaxing on the couch watching football. I grew up in Western New York watching the Buffalo Bills, but I don’t get to see them play much now that I live in Ohio. As my wife will attest to, however, I still watch a lot … More Prevent Defense
I was very tall for my age when I was younger. I was quite literally head and shoulders above most of my classmates. My height caused a lot of people to mistake me for being older than I really was. One moment still makes me laugh. I am the youngest in my family. During the … More Growing Pains
We have all gotten invitations with these four letters. Whether you know what they actually stand for or not (confession: I had to Google it…), you know what it means. The host of the party is asking you to respond and let them know whether or not you are going to attend. The invitation requires … More Please RSVP
This week, I preached from Matthew 21:33-46, commonly known as the Parable of the Wicked Tenants. When I began my sermon prep for this week, I thought I had a pretty good handle on the direction of the text. I was fairly familiar with the parable, but I had never preached or taught on it … More Where Is Your Vineyard?
At this time last week, I was preparing to celebrate Ash Wednesday, the official beginning of the season of Lent. As I shared in my previous post, one of the focuses of this season of the Christian calendar is on our sin and our mortality. The Bible clearly teaches that we are all sinners in … More The Joy of Lent