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“Shattered Expectations” – September 3rd, 2017 (Friendship Community Presbyterian Church

All of us have expectations – expectations about what the next hour, day, week, year, and even the rest of our lives will be like.  But sometimes those expectations are shattered – in an instant even – by words we hear from others.  Good, bad, or a mix of both – words can be life-changing and can shatter our expectations.  The hard part is – sometimes to be faithful to who we are called to be, it is God who does the shattering.  How should we respond then?  In this sermon, I wrestle with that question and draw on two passages involving Peter to help us see how it is we are called to respond.  

Less Than Five: “I don’t know” Or “What Do You Think”?

“I don’t know” is what we often advise people who work with teenagers in the church to say if they’re asking something that they don’t know the answer to.  But I don’t think that’s the best answer to a tough question from a teen – I think the best answer is “What do you think”.  In this “Less than Five” video blog, I explain why.  

Less Than Five: Being the Best Neighbors – Responding to Harvey and Irma”

What does your church’s response to the recent hurricanes (such as Harvey and Irma) have to do with children/youth ministry and reaching their families?  More than you might think.  In this video blog entry, I talk about why it’s critical that we respond.

 

“Freed to Fail” – August 27th, 2017 (Verona Presbyterian Church)

I hate getting answers wrong.  I was notorious for and obnoxious even about arguing with my teachers in school over test questions.  I hated getting wrong answers.  The truth is, no one likes to be wrong.  But does the fear of being wrong hold you back?  Does it hold you back from living the very life God has called you to?  I know for me it often does.  But what about grace?  What if grace, this radical concept that is at the very core of the Christian faith, actually frees us to fail sometimes?

“Think Different” – August 20th, 2017 (First UP of Tarentum)

Ever noticed that nothing in your personal life changes until you change how you think about it?  The biggest road blocks and hurdles can become minor inconveniences or even amazing opportunities when we change how we think about them.  Paul encourages people to “think different” and Jesus was constantly challenging his followers to “think different”.  So how do we learn to “think different”?  In this message, I share about how learning to “think different” has helped me love God and love others more

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“God’s Horrible Timing” – July 30th, 2017 (Carnegie Presbyterian Church)

“Sewing Deep Roots” – July 16th, 2017 (Parkwood United Presbyterian Church)

“Hard and Demanding or Easy and Light” – July 9th, 2017 (Hoboken Presbyterian Church)

“Are We There Yet” – July 2nd, 2017 (Crafton UP)

“Those Kids or Our Kids” – June 25th, 2017 (Wexford Community Presbyterian Church)

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