Jesus is the Light
on April 1st, 2020
God's people (the Israelites) were in a holding pattern for many years. They were awaiting their hope. For too long they had tried to establish government and kingdom dynasties based on their own desires. To no avail, there was still darkness and confusion. Until God brought the Light...Jesus is the light that overthrows the hopeless shadows in whatever circumstances we find ourselves in. Apart fr...
Core 52 Chapter 30 - Leadership
on March 31st, 2020
Feet. I believe God gave them to us strictly out of necessity and design. Other than that, I could do without them. The repulsive smell of them. The atrocious “nook and cranny” gathering points between your toes. The borderline vulgarity of the thickness and discoloring (maybe because I’m older?!?!) of those wretched toenails. The rough and calloused heel from wearing flip flops for too many yea...
Core 52: Chapter 29 - Rest
on March 24th, 2020
Blog – Week 29: Rest – March 24, 2020Sunday was a big day in the history of Englewood CC! It was the first ever “virtual” worship service in our church’s history! What an exciting example of the faithfulness and tenacity of God’s people to overcome many obstacles and still worship God in and with their faith community. It was a true blessing to read comments, emails, messages, texts and more as ...
Core52 - Chapter 27 - The Gospel
on March 10th, 2020
There are three moments in my life that stand out firmly in my memory as when someone shared “good news” with me. The first was over a cell phone while I was walking down the sidewalk in front of ECC when my wife shared the good news that she was pregnant with our first son, Jared. The second time was when the voice of our daughter’s birthmother conveyed to us her desire for us to raise her child...
Core 52 - Chapter 26: Our Co-Mission
on March 2nd, 2020
As a baseball fan, one of the most beautiful things to see on a baseball diamond is a quickly and smoothly turned double play. The most common version of this play (2 outs achieved off of one ball hit in play) is a ground ball to the second baseman or shortstop, who then throws/flips the ball to the player covering second base who then, after tagging the base, throws quickly to first base before t...
Core 52 Chapter 25 - The Supernatural
on February 25th, 2020
I can hear it in my mind now, “Angels and Demons and Hell, Oh my! Angels and Demons and Hell, Oh my!” The soft chant of confusion, discontent and distraction that usually accompanies any discussion of the supernatural. This is usually followed by references to fictional TV shows, comic books or other works of fiction that easily flood our mind with what we or others think when it comes to such be...
Core 52 Chapter 24 - Election and Predestination
on February 18th, 2020
Turning the page in my CORE 52 book this week led me to slightly gasp as I read the title, “Election and Predestination.” There was a bit of excitement and yet, at the same time, a bit of nervousness. The topic of Election and Predestination has been a dividing point, or according to some, “a hill worth dying on,” for more than several centuries. It really came to a tumult in the 16th century wi...
Core 52 Chapter 23 - The Cross
on February 11th, 2020
The Walking Dead has been a hit TV show for several years running. It is set in a dystopian post-Apocalyptic world slowly being taken over by zombies. I know many people who gather together on a weekly basis for “watch parties,” so they can enjoy the show together. It has even spawned a second spin off show and has the full arsenal of accessories – action figures, trading cards, T-shirts, video...
Core 52 Chapter 22 - Justice Served
on February 4th, 2020
In the movie The Princess Bride, one of the film’s McGuffins is a phrase spoken by Inigo Montoya – a phrase by which the initial story is driven forward. Inigo is on a desperate journey to right the wrong of his father’s murder by a mysterious man with six fingers on his left hand. Inigo’s approach to righting this wrong is to hunt down the six-fingered man who killed his father and return to the ...
Core 52: Chapter 21 - Money
on January 28th, 2020
When I was a kid, I remember on occasion my grandfather, who lived up in New York, making his way to Florida for work and also making a little time to see his grandkids while he was here. I remember on one occasion when he took my cousins, Doug and Jennifer, and myself, out to dinner and then we went to an arcade to play some games. Now, remember the timeline I’m working on and maybe you can rel...
Core 52: Chapter 20 - You are...
on January 21st, 2020
I remember in the mid 90s a new praise song I heard at camp. It was the really cool, yet simple song that was sung in an echo pattern (one group sings a line, the second group echoes the same thing), then a unison pattern (everyone singing the same thing together and a final portion of the song “in the round (two groups singing two different sets of lyrics at the same time, then ending in unison t...
CORE 52 - Chapter 19 - Just Beneath the Surface
on January 13th, 2020
Just Beneath the SurfaceI remember a while back I was cleaning out my car and happened upon an insulated cup I had once used quite often. Apparently, I had left it in the car and it had somehow made its way to the trunk/storage area (I drive a MINI – that space in the back cannot really be considered “trunk” space) and something had covered it up. Well, fast forward to the time when I located it...