Posts by Pastor Dan

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Thinking Graciously: Prevenient Grace

by Pastor Dan

2015.03.09 There’s a lot of talk about Grace going around…especially in this blog series. As one of my friends put it, if we don’t talk about grace, then what’s the point of going to church? Exactly. We need to talk about grace, because it is God’s gracious acts that allow us to be who we […]

Thinking Graciously

by Pastor Dan

2015.03.03 Grace. What’s the big deal about grace? Specifically, why do Methodists put such an emphasis on grace? Why do they talk about “Prevenient Grace” and “Justifying Grace” and “Sanctifying Grace”? What’s the difference between them all. Over the next four blog posts, we’re going to be talking about grace.   Before we get into […]

Find your Silver Lining

by Pastor Dan

2015.02.23 Lauren and I live in an 820 sq. foot apartment. On paper, that seems like it’s a lot, until you consider that the suite we had on our honeymoon was over 1000 square feet. 820 square feet does seem small when we started to try to put all of our combined stuff into it […]

The Nature of Our Offerings

by Pastor Dan

2015.01.26 I have a confession to make. I do not give money well. I don’t give money well to Duck’s Unlimited, to Boy Scouts, or even to church. I don’t give my money well to these places and more, even though they have shaped who I am tremendously. I think that I don’t give money […]

Reflections on a Memory Verse. Genesis 1:1

by Pastor Dan

2015.01.19 Our church has undergone this year to start memorizing scripture.  Each week, the congregation is given a new scripture verse to memorize that week.  This is a great way to begin to write God’s Word on our hearts.  We decided that a good place to begin was where God started it all…Genesis 1:1.   […]

A New Church Resolution

by Pastor Dan

2015.01.12 This January I’ve been reading books that I choose.  It’s been awesome.  The first book I read was the story of the Seminary I attend, Asbury Theological Seminary.  It was written by one of our professors, Dr. Ken Kinghorn, and it chronicles the first 87 years of the Seminary, as well as a number […]

The Radical Life

by Pastor Dan

2015.01.08 New Year, New You. These famous words have been spoken as encouragement for a changed lifestyle. People make resolutions every year, to eat healthier, lose weight, or any host of self improvement topics. I have a challenge for you as you begin this new year: “Start the Journey with us as We Strive to […]

Waiting on Advent

by Pastor Dan

2014.12.20 I love Christmas.  Lauren calls my mom Mrs. Claus because of how well she “does Christmas.”  It was in that environment that I grew up.  Christmas was a very special time for me.  Advent, on the other hand, was not really a time that meant anything to me. I heard the word Advent spoken […]

Revelation #ahamoment

by Pastor Dan

2014.11.07 You always hear that people won’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.  This is an accurate and appropriate saying, however, it’s incomplete.  Let me explain:   When you get put into a new situation, and in the UMC this will happen a lot, it’s true that you need […]

It Wasn’t God’s Will

by Pastor Dan

2014.10.31 “It was God’s Will”   “God needed another angel in heaven”   “Just be comforted in the fact that this is what God wanted”   I call BS. Before we go any further, I want to apologize to anyone that has heard these things spoken to them. They send a wrong message about God, […]