Can a Church Be Neighborly?

Can a Church Be Neighborly?

Would you be my neighbor? Neighbor is a powerful word. It is a wonderful word – neighbor. It comes from the old word nigh. To be nigh or draw nigh is to be close to someone. The second part of neighbor is from the old German or Dutch word, bur. Bur means to...
4 the Kids Update

4 the Kids Update

Jim Collins, author of “Good to Great,” says leaders who have the greatest impact share two qualities: humility and fierce resolve. They have a kind of tenacity and strength of character to hang in when others give up. You just can’t wear them down. I want to be that...
4 the Kids

4 the Kids

According to the Barna Group, 6% of adult Christians made their decision to follow God after the age of 18. That means 94% made decisions as children that follow with them throughout their life. Wow! That is encouraging… and scary… and exciting. The time...
April Fools

April Fools

Easter is this Sunday, April 1. April 1 in some European and Western countries is known as April Fools’ Day or All Fools’ Day where people play practical jokes or spread hoaxes and often shout, “April Fool” at the victim of the joke or ruse. Perhaps the greatest...
Ashes Ashes, We All Fall Down

Ashes Ashes, We All Fall Down

For the first time in my lifetime, Ash Wednesday and Valentine’s Day are on the same day. It hasn’t happened since 1945. What’s the big deal? In some ways, both days are a reminder to recommit to the God we love and the people we love. We will try to do just that this...
Who Is Church For?

Who Is Church For?

This article is featured in the Jan. 20 edition of the Edmond Sun. When I was a kid, my dad was a pastor in traditional churches. I was an acolyte. I met the choir in the narthex dressed in my alb and armed with my candlelighter. I had the pre-service checklist...