Pastor’s Note

“Jesus went on with his disciples to the villages of Caesarea Philippi; … He called the crowd with his disciples, and said to them, ‘If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For those...

My brothers and sisters, do you with your acts of favoritism really believe in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ? 2For if a person with gold rings and in fine clothes comes into your assembly, and if a poor person in dirty clothes also comes in,...

Enculturation & Acculturation Cultural Literacy is a term defining our ability to understand & participate fluently in a given culture. A culturally literate person knows customs & traditions. Based on my experience for example, I know not to motion to a South Korean person with my...

When was the last time you had a meal that was about more than just eating food? Where were you and who were you with?  I can recall a few of these kinds of meals in my life- like the time my favorite college professor invited...

Called to live differently This week’s reading from Paul’s letter to the Ephesians (Ephesians 4:25 - 5:2) is a particularly piercing word for the church today. Paul makes a powerful appeal that’s needed in a time when “truth” is a questionable commodity in our current society. Along...

Responding to Grace Christianity is not necessary in our society in order to make “good” people.  Other religions preach most, if not all, of the same morals that our Christian Bible does.  Our civic laws perform much of the same function as the original Ten Commandments! Where...

New Beginnings in Ephesus In our reading from Ephesians this week (Ephesians 3:14-21) we have the privilege of hearing a personal prayer from the Apostle Paul to the church in Ephesus. A group of people he came to know intimately, brothers and sisters. Paul’s mission, during...

This summer for 2 days every week, we have extra help out in our food pantry garden.  These aren’t master gardeners and they aren’t members of our church or even from Wisconsin.  Our Food Pantry Garden has partnered with Next Step Ministries of Madison, a...

“[God] destined us for adoption as his children through Jesus Christ, according to his will, the praise of his glorious grace that he freely bestowed on us in the Beloved.” Ephesians 1:5 Howard Hendricks, the great Baptist church leader, and Promise Keepers speaker, once compared the...

“I do not say this as a command, but I am testing the genuineness of your love against the earnestness of others.  For you know the generous act of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor,...

Christians live as if the gospel were true. At least that’s how we’re supposed to live. That was even the goal way back in the Apostle Paul’s time when he wrote his 2nd letter to the Christian church in Corinth. Sadly, we are a sinful people who...

Trust Your Instruments "We are always confident… for we walk by Faith & not by Sight" Some of St Paul’s most lasting words… WE WALK BY FAITH AND NOT BY SIGHT. We all know self-confidence is or can be an important ingredient to a well-rounded person. We like...

Losing Heart I have always loved a good nap.  I never thought much about it until a couple years ago when naps didn’t seem to cure my daily over-tiredness.  I finally went to see my doctor and ended up at a sleep clinic for a variety...