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What Does Love Look Like?

Maundy Thursday is a day we come together to hear God tell us to do two things; remember and remember. In our story from Exodus, God was ready to free his people and he commanded them to prepare a feast to celebrate their freedom and then to do this every year, so that they would remember. Every time they had this feast they were to remember that it is God who offers them true freedom. To…

Do Not Be Afraid!

These past couple of weeks have been very difficult for me emotionally. As most of you know, I have a sister who was diagnosed with breast cancer 15 months ago (after being cancer-free for more than five years), and then just as she was finishing her treatments and recovering from surgery, two months ago, my mother was diagnosed with liver cancer. Just two weeks ago, my mother had 45% of…

The Other Side

Here we are, the final week of Lent. In the church we call this Holy Week and it begins today with Palm Sunday. What an odd day, though! We began our time of worship with a celebration, but then the story quickly changes to one of betrayal, pain, grief and sorrow as we read the story of Jesus final days before his crucifixion. Many look at this day and week and think of it as a depressing…

New Relationships

Dear Salem Family,

This past week, I had the pleasure of working with some friends that are a part of the Islamic community of Johnson County. We had 4 friends visit Salem last Sunday and they talked with us about the similarities between Christianity and Islam. 24 members of Salem joined together in conversation with the Islamic community. We listened to our friends talk about the…

New Life in God's Time

Well, here we are, the month of April has begun and we have only two weeks left in the season of Lent. As I have shared with you before, April is a month filled with mixed emotions for me. It is the month of my birthday. It's the month that I first asked my wife out 41 years ago. It is the month that my son and daughter-in-law were married 10 years ago. It is the month that my grandfather…

​After The Stone Is Rolled Away

38 Then Jesus, again greatly disturbed, came to the tomb. It was a cave, and a stone was lying against it. 39 Jesus said, “Take away the stone.” Martha, the sister of the dead man, said to him, “Lord, already there is a stench because he has been dead four days.” 40 Jesus said to her, “Did I not tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of God?” 41 So they took away the…

Blinded By The Light

Did you know that we are not born with full sight? Infants have sight, but not as most of us know it. A new born only sees in black and white and some shades of gray. Experts tell us that it usually takes about five months for an infant to begin to use both eyes together to see three-dimensionally and for the eyes to develop fully to be able to see full color. In essence, we learned to…

​Lent – get into yourself!

I grew up going to church every Sunday with my family. My dad was in the Army, so as we moved every few years we usually attended the Protestant service on the military post. We called ourselves EpiscoMethoBapTerian, as every year we’d have a pastor from a different denomination – so I feel pretty comfortable in most church services.

As I began to study how to be a choir director…

Quench Your Thirst

I began my sermon last week by commenting that there was so much to talk about in that text, John 3:1-17, that to cover it all would have taken all day. Well, today, and for the next several weeks, the same is true. Our lectionary for this Lent is filled with powerful texts that offer incredible insight into not only who Jesus is, but also what is expected of us, his followers. So, allow…

​Church Isn’t a Place

Over the course of the past several months, as we have been talking a lot about our budget, our income, our expenses, our facilities, our need to raise money, et cetera, I have also been thinking much about what it means to be “the church.” Do you remember the popular rhyme: Here is the church, here is the steeple, open the door and see all the people? Growing up, I remember learning…

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