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Rector’s Blog: Rooted in Service

This week I read this story on a friend’s Facebook page (I use it with their permission): I work at a job where I can make a small impact in people’s lives by treating them with respect and kindness. Face to face I talk to many people during interviews and these people really touch my…

Rector’s Blog: Revolution of the Heart

During the week between Christmas and New Year’s my youngest son repeatedly asked me what my “revolution” was going to be! I tried to correct him and say, “It’s resolution.” He was having none of that. His only response was “Dad, you need to decide your revolution before New Year’s Eve!” As the days passed,…

Rector’s Blog: Rooted in God’s Word

Last Sunday, we continued our Rooted series with a sermon entitled “Rooted in God’s Word.” In the study on the parable of the seed and the soils, we learned that well-tended soil (our heart) is able to receive the word of God and allow it to bear fruit. Through this parable, Jesus makes clear that…

Rector’s Blog: Long-term Vision

The one who plants trees, knowing that she will never sit in their shade, has at least started to understand the meaning of life. I came across the above quote last week and it seemed so fitting for what we are about at Immanuel these days. Many have sacrificed to construct a new building with…

Rector’s Blog: Who are you really?

With the rise of smart phones and social media, there has been a corresponding growth in people caught saying or doing something that they regret. After such an incident goes viral, there is typically a statement along the lines of “I can’t believe that happened. That’s not who I am.” Before we roll our eyes…

Rector’s Blog: Rooted in our Master

Most of the world’s major religious traditions involve following the teaching of a master. In that respect, Christianity is not different from other religions. The most common calling Jesus gave to people was, “Come, follow me.” Through this invitation, Jesus called men and women to be his disciples, which is another way of saying “learners.”…

Rector’s Blog: Lost Things Returned

A few years ago around this time, I was thinking about my favorite Christmas present from childhood. It was a Tonka ambulance and it was huge and heavy. (This was back when Tonka toys were still metal!) I remember seeing it in the store and wanting it so badly. Somewhere in my dad’s house is…

Rector’s Blog: Advent Anticipation

This week, I remembered a commercial from the late 70’s for Heinz ketchup. A couple of young boys are getting ready to dig into their hamburgers and fries, but are having to wait for the ketchup. It is so hearty, tasty, and thick that it takes a long time to pour. As they wait, Carly…

Rector’s Blog: Leadership

If you were to create a list of important attributes of discipleship, leadership might not be at the top of your list. Yet when you read the New Testament, you see that the early church was built both on the faith and the leadership of the apostles of Jesus. A quick look at the book…

Rector’s Blog: Advent Rest

Every now and then, the Lord will bring back to mind a sermon I’ve preached with the words, “Remember when you said…?” That happened recently when I was struggling with taking a sabbath day of rest. Remember when you were a kid (or maybe it’s happening now with your own kids) and you refused to…