Why Aren’t We Singing?

Why Aren’t We Singing?

The lectionary is a schedule of scriptures that some churches use to move through the Bible. A group of pastors and scholars sat down a number of years ago to create a three-year schedule that allows churches to experience nearly the entire New Testament. First Church uses the lectionary. The scripture that we focus on…

Oh My Okonomiyaki!

Oh My Okonomiyaki!

Our first day in Japan, my wife and I visited the amazing Himiji Castle west of Osaka. The castle was built in the fourteenth century by people used to walking everywhere. Living in the suburbs of Florida, I am not conditioned to walking everywhere — let alone at elevation. We arrived back in Osaka with tired legs…

Facing Fears

Facing Fears

Years ago I ran towards a ledge and jumped. I plunged forty-five feet into the water below. Then I blacked out. We’re told to face our fears from a young age. While in the Bahamas, I took that advice to heart and attempted to conquer a fear of heights. I jumped off the cliff and…

Lost in Vermont

Lost in Vermont

Living in Florida, our seasons consist of summer and slightly cooler summer. Fall is when the humidity drops low enough to open a window. This usually occurs sometime in November. Carla is from Northern Virginia. She grew up experiencing colorful leaves and brisk air. Five years of endless summer in Florida, while nice, began to…

You’re Not Going to Read This

You’re Not Going to Read This

I grasp the hyperbole of titling an online article, “You’re Not Going to Read This”, but the statement is true. We don’t read, we consume. And when we consume, we are not fully comprehending information. I have always enjoyed reading. Diving into a great story is like entering another world and exploring all that it…

“How was your hurricane?”

“How was your hurricane?”

After living through a hurricane, life plays out strangely. People are a little dazed and shell shocked. We’ve all gone a little crazy preparing and now we’re all going a little crazy in the aftermath. In my case, it was willing to risk driving across town with zero traffic lights to get a pizza from…

So you want to travel for free?

So you want to travel for free?

Over the last two years my wife and I have upped our travel game considerably. We’ve explored Japan, NYC, DC, Vermont, Montreal, St. Petersburg, and later this year we’re going to the Pacific Northwest and Chicago. Across all of this travel, we have not paid for a single flight or hotel room.¹ In early 2015…

God’s Expectations: Fairness

God’s Expectations: Fairness

When is the last time you felt life wasn’t fair? I like to follow the rules. When I’m working on a project or am given parameters, I tend to stay inside of them. When other people choose to play outside those rules, I feel a sense of unfairness. I get angry and frustrated and want…

90’s Lyrics Were Whack

90’s Lyrics Were Whack

I’ve been listening to a lot of 90’s on 9 since it’s SiriusXM free preview week. This is the music I grew up with and the music that I love most to this day. But the more I look back, the more I realize the lyrics just didn’t make any sense at all. Fly by…

God’s Expectations

God’s Expectations

We’re back for a new year! The new school year marks a time of renewal for all of us, whether we’re in school or not. Here at the church, new classes are getting started, new groups are being formed, Youth Group returns. The new year is a time for newness and creating new routines. Over…