Sharing Shepherds: Luke 2:8-20

What is your fear level when it comes to public speaking? I’ll never forget the Seinfeld clip, posted here, where he points out that most surveys at the time showed that public speaking was the number one fear of Americans. The second biggest fear was death. Therefore, at a funeral, the average American would rather be in the casket than delivering … Read More

The Meaning of the Magi: Matthew 2:1-12

What makes a great Christmas gift? This is one of those really important questions, as we are now just a couple weeks away from the big day. Perhaps it is easier to point out what a great Christmas gift is NOT. So what are some of the worst Christmas gifts you’ve received? Was it an ugly sweater- or some other … Read More

Christian Calling: Titus 1:1-4

When was the last time you walked into a room and forgot why you were there? If you’re like me, it was probably only a matter of minutes ago. But there’s some good news here: it does not mean you are losing your mind, are getting insufferably old, or that you are some kind of dimwit. There is actually a … Read More

Called to Lead: Titus 1:5-9

What makes someone a good leader? In our culture we typically view good leaders as those who excel at getting things done and have a lot of followers. They express themselves well, are able to influence others and cast vision to accomplish important tasks. They are intelligent, understanding the steps that need to be taken and bold, being willing to … Read More

Standing Firm in the Faith: Titus 1:10-16

A few weeks ago, an atheist was appointed as the lead chaplain at Harvard University. Doesn’t this seem like a contradiction in terms? An atheist- someone who believes that God does not exist- was unanimously elected by the leaders of religious organizations and is now responsible to oversee all chaplains at Harvard. Many at Harvard and in the media are … Read More

Developing Disciples: Titus 2:1-8

How good are you at putting things together without the instruction manual? For most of us, that probably depends on the item. Some things in life just don’t need a manual. I received a floor fan the other day that came with an instruction manual on how to plug it in and turn the knob on the back. That seemed … Read More

Revealing God’s Goodness: Titus 2:9-10

One day when I was about 4 years old, my mother took my sister and I to a department store to buy clothes. There were no portable electronics in those days, so I had to find creative ways to entertain myself when we went on errands as a family. On this particular day I was picking up everything I could … Read More

Lessons from God’s Grace: Titus 2:11-15

How do you feel when someone gives you a Christmas gift and you’ve gotten them nothing in return? Pretty awkward, right? Sometimes we feel guilty- like we overlooked their friendship and should’ve bought them a gift. Sometimes we feel embarrassment in that it may appear that we don’t value them as much as they value us. We can feel ashamed … Read More

Take the Witness Stand: Titus 3:1-8

Can you imagine why anyone would want to take the witness stand in a trial? Maybe some of you have actually been there. I imagine it is a very different perspective from the one in the jury seats, or on TV. In those situations, you are a passive observer, just trying to make sense of the situation. But for the … Read More

Healthy Community: Titus 3:9-11

Would you consider yourself to be a conflict avoidant person? Are the type of person who holds their peace or says their peace when your neighbor is being super annoying, like with an obnoxious party that goes late into the night. There are some that would rather call the cops on this neighbor instead of confronting directly. Others would rather … Read More