Pastor Tommy

Home alone: Never abandoned

Home alone: Never abandoned

This Sunday marks the end of a liturgical year and the last week of our Pray series. The liturgical calendar organizes the year into seasons and highlights traditional times of celebration and reflection. The calendar includes recommendations for scripture based on a...

Pastor’s Book Club News

Pastor’s Book Club News

We completed our reading and study of Pray Like Jesus. by The Rev. Dr. Robert L. Morris, Jr., the week before Thanksgiving. Our series, Pray, examined six prayers, said by Jesus, that help us become more consistent prayers. As we move into Advent, more commonly known...

Coming up in Worship

Coming up in Worship

What do you want for Christmas this year? This is a question that millions of parents ask children as they figure out their gift list and budget. And the answers vary widely, influenced by commercials, friends, and family members. As we age, our list changes, and at...

Crushed: God help me

Crushed: God help me

We've all been there. Some call it that spot between a rock and a hard place where we feel the weight of life crushing us. Bad things will happen, the other shoe will drop, and our day of reckoning is near. And we're desperate for relief. "God help me" is a typical...

Thriving: Sanctified, Sent and One

Thriving: Sanctified, Sent and One

There is an idea in the study of human nature known as a tipping point. My computer's built-in dictionary defines a tipping point as small changes resulting in larger, more significant differences. But, unfortunately, definitions fail to adequately convey the feeling...

Partners: Guarded, guided and unified

Partners: Guarded, guided and unified

Depending on several factors, I introduce Cyndi using one or more titles. Occasionally, I'll use "partners" to describe our connection. Partner is a word loaded with layers and implications. From lab partners to business partners and from committed relationships to...

Authentic worship: Keep it real

Authentic worship: Keep it real

"It's a pleasure meeting you." Yeah, I said it, but I didn't really mean it. We've all been there. We offer a platitude rather than say what's really on our minds. After all, didn't mother tell us more than once, "if you can't say something nice, don't say anything at...

Listen: God hears you

Listen: God hears you

For the most part, I believe around half of what people tell me. But, after you gasp at my confession, hear me out. Even when someone I trust tells me something, I presume that one or more of their facts are off, some are opinions, and all are contextual. For those...

Praise: Let God be God

Praise: Let God be God

“Do you know anything about this?” I asked Cyndi the other day. “No,” she replied, “but I’ll google it.” I suspect this is a familiar conversation. Over half of the world’s population use Google. And 77% of google users will search for something on Google at least 3...

The road to awe: Why we pray

The road to awe: Why we pray

Praying in public gets dicey depending on the circumstances, who is praying, and who is witnessing the prayer. For example, in June, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of a high school football coach who was fired for praying at midfield after each game. The court's...

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