The Joy of Haley’s Baptism

One of the great joys of pastoral ministry is the baptism of both infants and adults. As Presbyterians, we believe baptism is primarily about God’s action, not our response. The baptism of infants & children expresses our faith in God’s gracious initiative—the belief that God chooses & claims us even before we have the capacity to chooseContinue reading “The Joy of Haley’s Baptism”

The Discipline of Simplicity

In A Life of Simplicity, by Carol R. Thiessen, Marshall Shelley, Amy Jackson, and Richard A. Kauffman, the authors make the following insights: Magazines, commercials, books, and Pinterest boards have tons of advice for leading a simple life. Magazine headlines scream at us: “Tips for Doing It All!” “10 Organizing Secrets!” “3 Must-Have Cleaners!” “5 Easy WeeknightContinue reading “The Discipline of Simplicity”

Wherever You Are, Be All There

Barry Jones writes in his book Dwell, “The capacity to pay attention is one of the most important spiritual capacities we can develop in the world we’re living in.” Samsung’s latest mobile phone ad portrays the problem in this way: I’m not sure the answer to our problems is a screen that flows over to theContinue reading “Wherever You Are, Be All There”

How to See Our Jesus and Hear His Voice

Perhaps you’ve heard it asked before: If you feel far from God, who do you think moved? Repentance can sound awful to our modern ears. Images of self-righteous “preachers” wielding BIbles as weapons, heaping on guilt and condemnation. However, this couldn’t be farther from the truth about repentance. Many times, we need to clear out theContinue reading “How to See Our Jesus and Hear His Voice”