Every Christmas season we are confronted with the mystery of the Incarnation. As Athanasius put it, “The Son of God became the son of man so that sons of men could become sons of God.” Forgive the gender exclusivity of the quote, but, once you include the ladies, the sentiment expressed is bang on. God took on... Read More


Does Size Matter?

Does Size Matter? I recently read this thought experiment in a Timothy Keller book: The distance from the earth to the sun is 93 million miles. Imagine if you represented that distance by a single sheet of paper. Well, the distance from the earth to the next nearest star would be a stack of paper seventy feet... Read More


Why Church Plant?

Church Planting Part of our vision for Calvary continues to be that we would embrace the challenge of multiplying through church planting. This is a scary idea that is becoming more of a reality since Peter and Amanda Helm have stepped forward as strong candidates for our church planting couple. We’ve never... Read More


Criticism: Part 2

Responding to Criticism: Part 2   In my last post I discussed some listening practices that are extremely helpful when receiving criticism. In this short article I will explore how to discern if the criticism is helpful or hurtful.   Some Criticism is Misinformed      Not every criticism you receive is on target.... Read More


Criticism: Part 1

When the Critic Comes      Criticism is inevitable. Critics are the price of influence, the cost of leadership, the result of doing anything significant for the kingdom of God. As a result, every pastor, every Christian, should be aware that the calling to follow Christ comes with the occupational hazard of the... Read More



Death & Taxes    It is often said that there are two certainties in life, death and taxes. We’ve all heard this phrase before, but I wonder if it is actually true. Biological death is a guarantee for mere mortals but it is, I think, conceivable that a government could collapse and with it the taxes owed,... Read More

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Over the summer I spent a lot of time at the water park with my son. Occasionally, my youngest sister would meet up with us and bring her daughter to play with Kaeden. On one outing a child had left a toy Excavator at the water park.  Kaeden and his cousin Sophia spent a lot of time fighting over the Excavator... Read More


'The Problem with Christianity' A Book Review

The Problem with Christianity   Christianity can be controversial. The claims of Christ can be uncomfortable, to put it mildly. G.K. Chesterton once wrote something like, “Christianity has not been tried and found wanting. It has been found difficult and left untried.” Following Jesus in any culture, in any time... Read More



Revealed   Jesus said to the religious leaders of his day these notable words,   “You study the Scriptures diligently because you think that in them you have eternal life. These are the very Scriptures that testify about me, yet you refuse to come to me to have life.” All of the scripture testifies about him!... Read More


Imitators of God

Be Imitators of God   Forgive as the Lord forgave you. Be patient as God has been patient with you. Love your enemies because you were an enemy of God and He loved you. Be generous and give until it hurts because God was generous to us and gave his Son even though it hurt His heart to do so.   This is how the... Read More

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