Pastor’s Blog

A Prayer For The Fourth of July

As we pause next week to celebrate our country, I am grateful for the unique promise of liberty granted to Americans and for those who have dedicated their lives to upholding it over the centuries. But I’m also struck this year by the work required of each generation...

5 MORE Things You Can “BE” This Summer

We’re working through the Sermon on the Mount together at Central this summer. Last week I shared five things you can "be" this summer based on the last five weeks of worship. We have five more weeks to go, so here’s a preview of what’s coming up over the next several...

5 Things You Can BE This Summer

We're working through the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7) together at Central this summer. Jesus' sermon is the most important body of ethical teaching in history of the world. It re-defines how we are to relate to one another and clarifies how we are to...

A Beginner’s Guide to Being Awesome

Many of you have asked for a written version of Sunday’s sermon. Here it is. What I didn’t tell you beforehand—although many of you have figured this out—is that Sunday’s message was a loose paraphrase of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount, slightly stylized to sound a bit...

Five Things I’m Grateful For This Mother’s Day

5 Things I'm Grateful For This Mother's Day Mother's Day is tomorrow. Here are five things I'm grateful for. MY WIFE This is her first Mother’s Day—kind of. We celebrated last year, but Hudson wasn’t born until July. I’ve never seen anyone love anything as much as...

The Silence of Holy Saturday

What do you say about the Saturday before Easter? To the first followers of Jesus it was supposed to be Sabbath, a day of rest, and Shalom, a day of peace. Sometimes rest and peace come with stillness and silence. But the stillness and silence of Holy Saturday are...

The Next 500 Years

On Tuesday, Protestants all over the world will celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, the movement that led many in the western world to break from the Catholic Church into what we now recognize as a variety of Protestant denominations (i.e. Baptist,...

Repenting Of Violence On The Way To The Cross

Once a month our congregation gathers for REST: a midweek prayer and communion service on Wednesday evenings. We met for REST in February on Ash Wednesday, the same day that 17 students and teachers were killed in Parkland, FL. Last night, we met again for REST on the...

Our Hopes for Christmas

Christmas is a time of hope. If we take the promise of Christmas seriously, then we expect that God coming to earth will make a difference in our lives and in our world. That’s nothing new. The first prophets to proclaim the coming of a Messiah had hopes for how God’s...