Archives for February 2019

New Growth

It is hard to believe that March is here. 2019 is moving forward at a rapid pace. The trees budding and flowers blooming tell us that Spring is here. I love this time of the year because it is a time to plant our gardens. It is exciting to look around and see things growing and turning green again.  It is also exciting seeing our church grow. Numbers are up and there is excitement in the air as we worship and as we continue to see new folks visiting our church and getting involved in our … [Read more...]

Religion vs. the Gospel

“The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.” Mark 1:15 If you hang around Christians long enough, you might hear a phrase like this, “We don’t have religion, we have the gospel.” This statement (or some iteration of it) is often repeated by the church, but what does it really mean? Why do we insist that Christianity is not just a religion? Pastor Tim Keller put together a chart that sheds light on the differences between religion and the … [Read more...]

Thank You!

It seems like it was just a short time ago that I received a phone call from Rick Marshall asking me if I would be interested in the position as Minster to Preschoolers and Children here at Eastern Hills. Just the night’before, Karen and I had prayed for God to open a door for a different ministry opportunity. Who knew it would be the next day! We knew that Eastern Hills had a history of longevity with most of their staff. I also knew the history of Eastern Hills from my days at Forest Park. … [Read more...]

Pruning – Not a Pleasant Experience!

It is that time of year….pruning trees, pulling winter weeds and cleaning out flower beds in preparation for springs awakening call. Last weekend, I joined that merry band of gardeners as I worked on one troublesome Crepe Myrtle Tree in our back yard. The tree bordering our rear fence has not been pruned for the past couple of years. As a result, our neighbors wild honey suckle vine and our crepe myrtle decided to entwine themselves into a mangled monstrosity that vexed my wife most especially … [Read more...]