First Friday in Advent: Going home

First Friday in Advent Luke 1:68-79; Malachi 3:13-18; Philippians 1:18b-26 “I am hard pressed between the two: my desire is to depart and be with Christ, for that is far better; 24 but to remain[…]

First Thursday in Advent: Finding hope

First Thursday in Advent Luke 1:68-79; Malachi 3:5-12; Philippians 1:12-18a “…my imprisonment is for Christ.” Philippians 1:13b I doubt I’ll ever have a brush with anything like real persecution. That reality makes it hard for[…]

First Monday of Advent: out of time

First Monday of Advent Psalm 90; 2 Peter 3 Time is the weirdest thing. I’m fascinated by what I’ve always thought of as “vacation time,” that curious sensation that time is moving more slowly than[…]

First Sunday of Advent: A 400 year pause

First Sunday of Advent Jeremiah 33:14-16, Psalm 25:1-10 I don’t think I’ve ever had to wait 400 years for something to happen. Not even culturally. I was born and live in a country that’s less[…]

perfect worship

  I’m on the worship struggle bus. My family has been visiting churches all over north GA and Chattanooga, TN since the beginning of 2015. At first we weren’t really looking for anything, just trying[…]

perfect church

I haven’t been a member of a church for 9 months. I mean, my membership is doing that United Methodist thing where it stays firmly planted in the last place you put it until you[…]

the end of days

I’m facing a deadline. It reminds me of the Mayan calendar thing from a few years ago; the world ends at the new year. On January 1, 2015, for the first time in 10 years[…]

winding down

You know, once all the wheels have come off of the bus the ride isn’t nearly as scary anymore. Slows right down. I had to break dress code a week ago. As my friend Jake[…]