Something From Nothing

I’m okay with evolution. I’m also okay with creationism – the idea that God suddenly created everything at once. I don’t think the two are mutually exclusive. Certainly God could use whatever means he thought necessary to put the world together and if we understand evolution as the means with which God formed the animals and ourselves, then the Bible doesn’t preclude that option. But … Continue reading Something From Nothing

Portuguese Sausage and Rice – Part 2 of our 3-part We Belong sermon series

Portuguese sausage and rice. When I saw those words printed on a sign at the local McDonald’s in Hawaii, I felt like I was in a place that GOT me. I had never been to Hawaii before and had just arrived to attend our annual Japanese-American clergy caucus retreat. My friend John was driving me to the retreat center where we would be staying and … Continue reading Portuguese Sausage and Rice – Part 2 of our 3-part We Belong sermon series

Why is it contemporary vs. traditional? Why is it “vs.” anything?

Worship is a highly personal experience and I believe touches us all in different ways.  The thing we have to caution ourselves against is condemning other styles of worship.  If a worship service doesn’t honor God, if worship is about entertainment and not about praise, if worship is empty of connection to Christ, then it’s not worship.  But just because worship CAN be entertaining doesn’t … Continue reading Why is it contemporary vs. traditional? Why is it “vs.” anything?

Baseball, Hot Dogs, Apple Pie, and Chevrolet

I am proud to be an American.  I’m a sansei or third generation Japanese-American kid and although I don’t love most Chevrolets, I do love baseball, a good hot dog, and apple pie ala mode (remember that commercial?).  More importantly, I love the fact that we live in a country where we can worship freely, we can vote freely, and we can grow up to … Continue reading Baseball, Hot Dogs, Apple Pie, and Chevrolet

Service With a Smile – The Disney Way

Walt Disney once said that the kind of people who should be employed by his company would be “people who give, who like to bring delight to other people, and therefore gain pleasure and satisfaction for themselves.”  Disney knew that the key to good service was to have a heart for others and that those who delighted in bringing happiness to others would be key … Continue reading Service With a Smile – The Disney Way