What Would It Look Like If . . .?

A college student spoke to me this past Sunday. She said, “I really want to serve with the kids this summer at VBS, but I can’t because I’ll be working. I really want to serve so I can give the parents a break (they sure deserve one). So, I thought about another way I can…

Sacred Family Time

At 5 and 7, my daughters know that I don’t have a “normal” job. Their mom goes to work in the morning and makes it home before dinner every Monday-Friday. For the most part, when she’s not at work, she really doesn’t have to do anything for work because at 5 p.m. the business ceases…

Bathrobe Friend

During my freshman year in college, my high school youth director asked me to be a sponsor on a junior high youth retreat. Because it looked to me like the sponsors in my youth group always had WAY more fun than the kids, I jumped at the chance. When we got to the camp—can’t remember…

An Unexpected Graveyard Visit

Being a pastor married to pastor, my wife and I work hard at balancing our ministries and the variety of opportunities to serve. We are respectful of each other’s responsibilities and rarely do work related things together. This is what works best for us. However, on this day, I find myself sitting in the car at…

Wilderness Wanderings

We are moving – not churches (that I’m aware of!), just houses.  I HATE MOVING! We have just started packing and it feels like it will never end. Don’t get me wrong, I am very excited about our new space and yes, it’s a great time to clean out the extra junk. I love projects…

Angry With God

Anger and sadness go hand in hand. When a tragedy occurs in our lives we often ask ourselves these kinds of questions: “For what, Lord?” Or” why me, my Lord? “. In fact, these kinds of questions are a form of reaction that reveals two failures in our way of thinking. As Christians, we always…

Slowing Down

How is it that the calendar seems to fill up so quickly?!  I carry mine with me in my phone so I can update it as necessary and reference it often to see what is planned for the day and the week ahead.  It’s even color coded: purple for church related activities and meetings, yellow…

What is in Your Sack?

By Cathy Cartmill Wednesday Afternoon Write blog. Write blog. Write blog! Right at the top of my list. Yep!  My name has come to the top of the rotation and now I need to say something worthwhile. Never mind that I am as empty of inspiration as ever right now. There are other things that…

Redefining Busy

by Jennifer Acker Busy: adjective (‘bi-zē) | engaged in action, full of activity; marked by much life Synonyms: active, bustling, hopping, knee-deep, swamped, absorbed, engrossed, flourishing, immersed, overflowing, engaged, and thriving. Forms of busy: Busily, busyness, busied, busying The Children’s Ministry schedule was busier than usual in mid-January, REALLY busy. January 18-24 was exceptionally busy…

The Cabin

by Rev. Matt Ybañez There is a cabin in southeast Arkansas. You would never find it unless you were looking for it. The cabin is hidden in a maze of gravel logging roads. The closest paved road is about 20 or so minutes away and the closest town is called Warren, Arkansas (population 5,582). The…

What Are You Teaching?

I have had many profound learning experiences in my life. Many of those experiences happened in the classroom or in the sanctuary.

Boldly Going All In by Rev. Clint Jones

I found myself stomach high in the frigid water, thinking okay this is enough. But something inside of me said, “You need to go all in.” Clenching my nose, I sucked in a breath of air, and pushed myself under.