Monday, 06 February 2017
“At my age, what can I really do that would make any difference? I’ve paid my dues and have earned the right to coast through the sunset years of my life”. This sentiment is voiced (or insinuated) by many senior adults in our culture who feel that they are well past their prime and besides… they feel that they have little to offer that anyone would want. At Summerland Baptist, we have a Seniors culture that is far different...
Monday, 23 January 2017
As I walked through the stores at the mall shortly after Christmas, I noticed that all signs of Christmas are gone and it's already long forgotten. Shelves once packed with ornaments, lights and wrapping paper are now replaced with Valentine’s Day cards, candy and chocolates. It always seems funny to me how quickly we rush to the next holiday, or fun event, to fill our time...
Tuesday, 10 January 2017
Over the Christmas season, I listened to an online sermon in which the speaker asked the audience, “which character in the Christmas story can you most relate to?” He went on to say that he identified most with Herod. That’s all I remember because I promptly fell asleep (it was bedtime)...
Friday, 16 December 2016
This year marks the 18th year of Angel Breakfast. My firstborn attended the very first one and I'm not sure if I have missed any since! Between attending with my own children, volunteering or being present as a staff member, I have always found a way to be involved! And the same is true for many volunteers. I received a few phones calls from people who had volunteered in the past... asking to be involved again! We cannot get enough of this day!
Thursday, 08 December 2016
Today is Wednesday and…. Pam and I went to church. It was swarming with children, of all ages, some playing, sliding, swinging, running and tumbling while others were doing homework or watching Netflix. They were all waiting for lunch, a nutritious chicken soup laced with fresh vegetables, lovingly prepared by women of all ages in a brand new commercial kitchen. Men and women were engaged in all kinds of activities; laundering and sorting clothing, playing with children, tutoring children and adults, cleaning, and setting up equipment.
We had just driven through their neighborhood, a shantytown shrouded in poverty and hopelessness, people eking out an existence all within minutes of the remnants of a wretched, stinking dump... the place that led to the beginnings of this church.
Wednesday, 23 November 2016
I wear many hats as a youth pastor here at Summerland Baptist church. It just comes with the territory. I am a worship leader, youth pastor, mentor, friend, preacher, teacher, taxi driver, and most importantly; a husband and father. Whenever I am asked to write blog post I always seem to attack it from the youth pastor perspective and to be fair, that is appropriate. Today I would like to share from a husband and father perspective, understanding I can never really take off the youth pastor hat… even if I tried.
Monday, 14 November 2016
Courage - what is it?
That was our lesson in Spudz on October 20. With 38 boys ranging from grades 1 to 5, we learned that courage is being brave enough to do what you should, even when you are afraid...
Monday, 31 October 2016
Recently I ordered a book Peter's Perfect Prayer Place. In the book, Peter wants to find the perfect place to pray, just like the room his mother has. He tries out many locations only to realize that God is in ALL OF THEM! What?!!! He hears us wherever we are?!