Posts by Pastor Gary

Posts by Pastor Gary

Summer Fun in the Living Spirit

I appeal to you therefore, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice . . . your spiritual worship. . .Romans 12:1 NRSV Noticing all the people out and about when the glorious warm weather appeared recently, it was like we were a bunch of lab rats finally let out of our cages! People were all of the sudden, outside, out and…

Preaching Resurrection

If you haven’t noticed, a popular thematic or genre in fictional stories of our culture is the proverbial undead. Be it death-wielding werewolves, vampires, zombies, aliens, pandemics, etc, all these are a fictional way of denying death its last word and hoping that life will overcome death’s grip on us. Its appeal is to deny death its end of us. But while it tries to…

Rooted Together

Justification by Faith Alone: Who’s Legacy? What happened for a reformation to occur in the Church? What is a reformation? What significance does Luther offer for our contemporary living? Are we able to wear the same lens that Luther was taught by the Spirit to look through in order to interpret how we might live faithfully today? It all began 500 years ago in Wittenberg,…

The Promise of New

Early in this world we learn the importance and wonder of new. Every experience of a new born is new, original. Parents live vicariously in the wonder of those new experiences of a first word, first poddy in the toilet, first walking steps, on up to first successful bike ride, first whistle, first basket made. You can expand the list, you probably already have done so.…

Why Ministry?

Reaching out in a Post-Christian Society Two quotes reveal the unique opportunity of ministry today. David Lose, using ideas from Steve Jobs, former CEO of Apple: “We need to learn how to fail. We have been trained how to plan and organize and to make all attempts to succeed. Steve Jobs has shown us that bold leaders know how to try things and fail. Knowing how to…

A Radical God

“… just as the Son of Man came not to be served, but to serve …” Matthew We take our cue of service from Christ our Lord. If there was ever a world to be completely curved in on self and whining and wanting and demanding to be served, we are living in it. However, this observation has been repeated throughout history by Christians encountering a culture ever…