Category: Faith

Sermons, resources, conference recaps, book reviews, and reflections on faith

Life Is Pain…

Anyone who says differently is selling something. The Dread Pirate Roberts shared that pearl of wisdom in The Princess Bride and it’s a reality we don’t always like to face.  Pain is a part of life.  That doesn’t mean life isn’t good overall or… Continue Reading “Life Is Pain…”

Inconceivable!

“Inconceivable!” “You keep using that word.  I do not think it means what you think it means.”  If you’re a fan of The Princess Bride, you already know what we’re talking about, but for those of you who missed this gem of a movie… Continue Reading “Inconceivable!”

Slingshot 2.0

Normal is overrated. Do things differently.

Being Christian in a Secular World

Every year, Cassie has given the message in worship the Sunday following Christmas. Not only is this an awesome Christmas gift to me, but a wonderful opportunity to show the congregation that we are all messengers of Christ with our own stories to tell.… Continue Reading “Being Christian in a Secular World”

The Other America

I’d like to say I am free of bias, but that wouldn’t be completely honest. I am a Bruin through and through and if you love UCLA, there is one school you do NOT love – USC also known as the University of Second… Continue Reading “The Other America”

Escaping the Death Star

Han Solo started to celebrate a little early. After escaping the Death Star, he felt pretty proud of himself.  Sure, he lost the old man, but considering they just escaped from a fortress the size of a small moon (“That’s no moon…that’s a space… Continue Reading “Escaping the Death Star”

Reflections

What makes us Christians? For those of us who say that we’re Christians, what is it that defines us as a people?  Certain things about ourselves are determined for us.  Things like our birth parents, our ethnicity, our skin color, the shape of our… Continue Reading “Reflections”

The Meaning of Christmas

Christmas is a big letdown. Now don’t get me wrong.  I love pretty much everything about Christmas.  It’s my favorite holiday of the year.  I love gift giving.  I love singing Christmas songs.  I love Christmas decorations.  I love trimming the Christmas tree.  I… Continue Reading “The Meaning of Christmas”

And A Little Child Shall Lead Them

Close your eyes and picture in your mind the moment of Christ’s birth. If you are like most people, you probably picture a stable with a wooden manger.  In the manger atop a bale of hay is the baby Jesus.  And surrounding Jesus are… Continue Reading “And A Little Child Shall Lead Them”

The Sound of Music

There is a war on Christmas! But it’s not being fought out there…it’s being fought right here, in the church!  Can you guess what it is? The commercialization of Christmas? The pros and cons of gift-giving? No. The war, the secret war, being fought… Continue Reading “The Sound of Music”