David’s Thoughts

December 2017 Pastor’s Article

Traditions, such as putting up the tree, driving around the neighborhood looking at Christmas lights, making hot chocolate, throwing open the sash, stomping around on the housetop, or reminding the children that Santa is watching those who are naughty and those who are nice, make Christmas celebrations memorable and meaningful for generations. Perhaps you have…

Pastor’s Article – November 2017

For the past year, I’ve reflected on one Psalm a week. I felt spending the entire week with a Psalm and reading the Psalm’s entry in a commentary would be a good way to go deeper. A few weeks ago, I spent the week reflecting on Psalm 84. The psalmist writes, “1 How lovely is…

How to Read the Bible Like John Wesley

October 2017 Article: How to Read the Bible Like John Wesley In the preface to his book of sermons Wesley shares his devotion to the Bible. He also shares how he approaches Scripture, which, it turns out, is a pretty good method that we can use. John Wesley writes: “I want to know one thing,—the…

Pastor’s September Newsletter Article

NEWTON’S LAW “An object at rest will remain at rest unless acted on by an unbalanced force. An object in motion continues in motion with the same speed and in the same direction unless acted upon by an unbalanced force.” I’m sure you’ve encountered the above “Law of Inertia” or Newton’s first law of motion…

A Very Brady Lesson

I love the Brady Bunch episode where Greg writes, what he believes will be, a hit song called “We Can Make the World a Whole Lot Brighter.” He wants to record the song, but doesn’t have the $150 to rent the recording studio. Peter convinces him to have all his brothers and sisters sing since…

Pastor’s Article – July 2017

She was perceptive. At 95 year old she had seen a lot through her years. As we talked about family and health she paused, looked at me, and said, “Life is moving faster than what it use to.” I was caught off guard by her comment. She told me that life was faster than just…

Pastor’s Article – June 2017

When I was nine years old my mom signed me up for swimming lessons at the Y. Not the YMCA mind you, but the YWCA. For those who don’t know the difference the YWCA was the Young Women’s Christian Association, and the YMCA was the Young Men’s Christian Association. I would tell my friends I…

Pastor’s May 2017 Article

I want to introduce to you the St. Paul Five. At the Sunday April 23 church conference, we voted to move forward with five Ministry Action Plans (MAP) from our Consultation weekend. Over the next 18 months, we will focus on these five key areas that will help us be faithful to God’s mission. Here…

Pastor’s April 2017 Article

Pastor’s Article April 2017 As I watch the NCAA tournament I’m intrigued by the celebrations after a win. The winning team gathers in the locker room, the coach enters and the players go crazy. They spray water everywhere, jump up and down, shout, and cry out. They are excited! And for good reason; their team…