Posts from September 2015

Workers in the Vineyard

One of the questions I get asked in Confirmation sometimes is about how people are saved. I wax theological with the Middle School students, quote some Bible passages, and then sum up with something along the lines of, “Really, all you have to do is believe in Jesus.” Inevitably, as the conversation goes on, we eventually get to the question about the man on death row. He has committed lots of horrible sins. “Are you telling me that if this…

A Shrewd Manager

Several years ago, I built a loft for my daughter. We found some plans online and my mom came to visit for a weekend and helped construct the loft. As I reviewed the plans, however, they called for the use of a very specific tool (a Kreg Jig) to create angled drill holes for screws. I didn’t have the tool, so we tried other methods of accomplishing the same task. It didn’t work because we were trying to use tools…

Why Did it Have to be Snakes?

[youtube]https://youtu.be/ClwIj3x24Q4[/youtube] After taking four years of college courses, I went to Houston, Texas for a Director of Christian Education Internship to finish my program and graduate. I ended up serving there full-time after graduation. In my five years there, I went to Mexico for 11 different mission trips. I remember one of the most difficult things about those trips was talking with the locals. Not speaking the same language was a huge barrier to effective communication. It was further complicated…