Category: Faith

Top 10 Reasons People Didn’t Come Back to Church

You’ll be surprised…

Craig’s Library – Is Your Church Truly Welcoming?

How welcoming are you really?

Craig’s Library – When Work and Family Collide

Is your life balanced?

Craig’s Library – Making Sense of the Bible Makes a Lot of Sense (book review)

Adam Hamilton is turning out to be one of the clearest voices for compassion and reason within the church today.  He often tackles tough subjects with aplomb and sensitivity.  In his book, Making Sense of the Bible, Hamilton helps us look at the Bible… Continue Reading “Craig’s Library – Making Sense of the Bible Makes a Lot of Sense (book review)”

Help! – The Theology of The Beatles

When I’m writing a sermon, I get lots of ideas that end up in the trashcan.  Maybe one day I’ll be ambitious and do a “director’s cut” of a sermon.  But one of the ideas I didn’t get a chance to flesh out was… Continue Reading “Help! – The Theology of The Beatles”

Craig’s Library – What Half Truths Do You Believe In? (book review)

“God doesn’t give us more than we can handle.” “Everything happens for a reason.” “God helps those who help themselves.” Have you ever heard these sayings?  Perhaps you’ve said them yourself.  If you have I understand.  They sound thoughtful, insightful, or inspirational – but… Continue Reading “Craig’s Library – What Half Truths Do You Believe In? (book review)”

We Are The Church Together

Just a note: This was the sermon given to our congregation on the final day of worship in the First UMC building.  The members of First UMC are going to worship with their sister church, Palm UMC in Dinuba beginning Oct 5 and so… Continue Reading “We Are The Church Together”

But Suppose God Is Black?

What do you think Jesus looks like?  When you hear the name “Jesus” what image immediately springs to mind?  Whatever image pops up probably came from a picture or painting or description of Jesus from somewhere other than the Bible because nowhere except for… Continue Reading “But Suppose God Is Black?”