Trafalgar Update – July 2, 2020

“Very truly I tell you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you.” -John 6:53 Jesus said some very difficult things and taught some very difficult lessons.  He taught salvation; He taught about money; He taught about love and He taught about relationships.  But the night before He …

Trafalgar Update – May 29, 2020

When people hurt my kids, I get angry. I remember the first time my daughter, Mia, experienced a racial reaction.  Living in Johnson Co, Sarah and I often experience stares and receive inappropriate questions from complete strangers, but the first time I recall Mia experiencing anything racially motivated, she was 5 years old.  I had taken her camping at Clifty …

Trafalgar Update – May 17, 2020

“He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else” – Benjamin Franklin Several weeks ago, I had a conversation with a friend of mine on the topic of needs and wants.  She had recently stumbled upon images from an East African famine that occurred in 1993.  She was quite horrified by what she saw and even more …

Trafalgar Update – April 20, 2020

Sometimes I like to get away to find time alone with God.  When my office was still at Stones Crossing, I remember fair weather days regularly strolling around the Memorial Gardens on the west side of the building.  Walking in circles on sunlit days, I would read my Bible and pray to a chorus of birdsong.  More often than not, …

Trafalgar Update – April 9, 2020

Happy Holy Thursday! Having small children makes it hard to find time to read.  Honestly, a few years ago, I struggled with immense guilt reading anything besides my Bible because I felt reading time should be prioritized to Scripture if I was already struggling to find time to read at all.  And while this feeling hasn’t completely gone away and I still try to …

Trafalgar Update – March 29, 2020

I’m not despairing, I’m just really sad… Like many of you, I’m missing my friends and I’m missing my freedom.  I don’t like being told to stay home and I don’t like this much change!  But it’s not about that anymore.  It’s about living into God’s will and considering what part of “normalcy” is worth returning to.  For years we …

Trafalgar Update – March 22, 2020

“Come before winter…” In the apostle Paul’s final letter to his son Timothy, he encourages him to stand strong.  “Preach the word; be ready in and out of season, reprove, rebuke, and exhort with complete patience and teaching” (II Timothy 4:2). Paul had left young Timothy behind to pastor the flock in Ephesus when he undertook his 2nd missionary journey to Macedonia .  …

Trafalgar Update – March 17, 2020

Wanna Hear a God Thing? Yesterday I preached on Acts 16:16-36 where Paul and Silas were arrested and thrown in the inner cell of a Philippian jail.  Instead of resisting or despairing, Scripture says they faithfully “prayed, sang hymns to God, and all the other prisoners were listening to them.”  The passage was chosen many months ago, before anyone had …

Trafalgar Update – March 3, 2020

What is the Kingdom of God?  Is the Kingdom of God a nation?  Is it the Church or a holy community?   Ancient Israel believed God’s Kingdom would come when Messiah came and would take the form of political and national sovereignty.  Many Christians today might think God’s Kingdom only exists on a spiritual level, while others look to the Church …

Trafalgar Update – February 27, 2020

While there have been many times in my life where I have been distressed, I can think of only once when I have truly felt hopeless. As obvious as it may have been for everyone else, when my father died in 2009, I was completely unprepared for the finality of his passing.  He was diagnosed with kidney cancer in January …