Fully Integrated Lives

Dear Church...One of the recent goals in my life has been to live a more integrated life. Meaning, I desire to be more authentic, emotionally present, and consistent wherever I am whenever I am there. My mantra has been “Be still and....

The Power Of Remembering

Dear Church, This past Monday our nation remembered the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. Probably like many of you, I found myself glued to the TV watching 9/11 documentaries, interviews and stories surrounding that day and the many...

Messy Communion

Dear Church, Like many Reformed congregations, we here at First Church celebrate the Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper on the first Sunday of every month. The only exception is the first Sunday of Advent. I remember Communion Sundays usually meant...

Reading Together

Dear Church, The phone rang last week as I was in my office. Nyla answered and I heard her say, “Oh, I’m so sorry to hear.” Pause. “Okay, what room number? We’ll be praying for him and I’ll let Pastor Matt know.” As soon as she hung up I knew...

Getting Older

Dear Church, A few weeks ago I met with a couple in my office. They aren’t members of our church, but through a series of circumstances, they have come to call me their surrogate pastor. They are in their middle 80’s and live in...