Escapism vs. Re-Creation
July 25th, 2021
A couple of days before I delivered this teaching on June 25, my family returned home from five days of trailer camping near Wenatchee. Camping is an interesting blend of work and fun, isn't it? Whet...
The Humor of Jesus
July 11th, 2021
Who doesn't like to laugh? There was a woman once who went to get a mammogram at a Franciscan hospital, where it was customary to put Bible verses on the walls. In the mammogram clinic, the verse so...
Holding the Tension between Joy and Suffering
July 4th, 2021
Holding the tension between joy and suffering is one of life's greatest challenges. It's not by choice that we make our way into this world. At times, we will bring suffering on ourselves, and at ot...
Longing for Eden
June 27th, 2021
Here's some good news that many of us don't actually think about each day:"You are alive today!"The last year and a half has been difficult for so many reasons, and that challenge has led to suffering...
The True Struggle and Victory
June 22nd, 2021
In March of 1999, I had a profound experience of praying in the Spirit for a friend, and rejoiced when she shared her testimony of being freed from spiritual attack. For the whole story, click here.I...
Off with the Old
June 14th, 2021
"Are you guys for real?"A teenager asked this of a small group of other teens who used to meet a couple times a month for Bible study and prayer. A newer Christian, this young man said in five words ...
Growing Together with Purpose
June 6th, 2021
As springtime draws near its close, I've noticed lately the sounds of spring in particular: birdsong, the rush of breeze...the roaring mowers and weed whackers! Why? Because in the PNW, growth happe...
History, Cosmology, and the Church
May 30th, 2021
In Ephesians 3:1-12, Paul reminds us that one day, the new creation. We're focusing this week especially on verses 10-12. "Unseen rulers and authorities in the heavenly places." How will God choose...
The Wall is Torn Down
May 23rd, 2021
Today is Pentecost Sunday -- 50 days after Jesus' resurrection the Holy Spirit came powerfully upon Jesus' followers and enabled them to enact Jesus' ministry as his Body, the Church.Over the centurie...
Made Alive in Christ
May 16th, 2021
We are here. The question is, "Why?" Isn't that the ultimate question of human existence?To explore that fundamental question, let's consider a simple object: a work glove.Designed particularly for ...
Hope in Tough Times
May 9th, 2021
Paul's words in Ephesians 1:15-23 are very well known among Bible readers as an anthem to Christ's victory in a troubled and troubling world. Traditionally, this is the passage read on "Ascension Sun...
For the Praise of His Glory
May 2nd, 2021
Youth Minister Rob Clark brought the teaching this week and opened with a statement as offensive as it is shocking: He has never seen The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Dr. Mark Roberts likens Paul's int...