May 20th, 2018

Travel Joy

Confirmation Sunday

Philippians 2:12-18

Joy Ahead

Tomorrow morning Linda and I will leave home at about 6:00, and we won’t arrive at our son’s home in Hawai’i until about 18 hours later. That includes about 2 hours in cars, 12 hours in airplanes, and 4 hours in airports. It’s not my favorite way to spend a day. But on the other end of the journey, we’ll enjoy our roles as Mimi and Pops to our first grandchild, Arlo, now five months old. We can’t wait. The destination will be worth the journey. Read more »

May 14th, 2018

Gospel Brain

A church is totally immobilized if it loses its unity. 

Philippians 2:1-11


Mommy brain

It’s Mother’s Day, so moms, let’s talk about your brain. You may have heard the phrase “Mommy brain” or the recently coined word, “Momnesia,” both of which come across as negative, as in, “A sleep-deprived mom can’t think straight.” Recent neurological studies have confirmed that pregnancy and breastfeeding literally alter a woman’s brain.[1]

A woman’s brain actually loses gray matter when she carries and nurses a child.  You may think that means she’s less intelligent than she was before the pregnancy, but the opposite is true. Read more »

May 7th, 2018

Noblesse Oblige

There is no greater example of undeserved privilege than that of a Christian.

Philippians 1:27-30



“I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America.” What does it mean to you that you are a citizen of the United States?

The website of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services says, “Citizenship is the common thread that connects all Americans. We are a nation bound not by race or religion, but by the shared values of freedom, liberty, and equality.” Read more »

April 30th, 2018

Living vs. Death

Pastors Paul Cummings and Bob Thompson

Philippians 18b-26



The Scripture passage before us today offers a series of contrasts between living and death. Pastor Paul and I decided on Thursday of this week that we would share the sermon time by splitting those two topics. But who should take which one?  Read more »

April 23rd, 2018

The Gospel of Jesus Christ is the best remedy for envy. 

Philippians 1:12-18a


A very old problem

Envy is a very old problem. Envy enters the Bible’s story with Eve’s first sin in the Garden of Eden. Cain killed his brother out of envy. Proverbs 14:30 says “Envy rots the bones.” Aristotle (384-322 BC) wrote about it, defining envy as “the pain caused by the good fortune of others.” The early church listed envy among the seven deadly sins.

If envy is an old problem, it’s compounded in our modern age. Read more »