There seems to be a knee-jerk response on the part of some Christians to the idea of remembering or even acknowledging Good Friday. It usually sounds something like this: “Why do we need to designate a day to remember the cross? We do it every week on Sunday when we gather as a church, right? […]Read more "Why Good Friday Is So Important "
Happy 499 Birthday of the Reformation! On October 31, 1517, pastor and professor Martin Luther nailed a list of 95 arguments on a church door in Germany. Back then that’s how you started a discussion. Luther’s arguments gained wide acceptance and were sent throughout Europe via the newly invented printing press. Central to his concern […]Read more "Happy 499th Reformation Day!"
Currently, my wife Susie and I are in Eastern Europe (Ukraine and Moldova) for two weeks of ministry. This is our second mission trip in the last two months. While on our flight across the Atlantic, I made a couple of notes about why it is important for us to take trips such as this […]Read more "7 Reasons Why We Go"
Yesterday, at Valley Christian Church, we set aside the current Summer sermon series we are in and instead, I preached a sermon addressing the racial tensions that our country now sees played out with regularity in current events. The name of the sermon was “The Reconciled Church”. Racial reconciliation has been a passion point for […]Read more "The Shame of Segregated Sundays"
For those of you who lead teams in business or ministry, here is an excellent post by Brian Houston of Hillsong, about values that create a healthy culture in any organization. Definitely worth the read! 10 Cultural Responsibilities of the Hillsong Leadership TeamRead more "10 Cultural Responsibilities of the Hillsong Leadership Team"
“In recent decades, ambient sounds have become omnipresent in church gatherings. Meetings start with a synth swell and every song after that is connected to the next with musical glue. Synth pads play softly behind prayer, Scripture readings, song intros, communion and, in some cases, the preaching. If you don’t have someone who can produce the necessary sounds, no worries. “worship pads” in every key are available […]Read more "No, Your Synthesizer Is Not the Holy Spirit"
On January 23, 2015, 140 people, served on the Launch Team to start Valley Christian Church‘s Poughkeepsie Campus at Regal Cinemas in the Poughkeepsie Galleria. Yesterday, January 24, 2016 (one year later), 427 people celebrated, (at that same Poughkeepsie Campus) all the Lord has done in the last 12 months! I am in awe of […]Read more "It Takes Teamwork to Make the Dream Work"
As the staff of Valley Christian Church, we work really hard. There’s no time of the year we work harder than Christmas, and this Christmas seemed to be the most grueling one of all. There are times in the yearly calendar that are especially ideal for reaching out to unchurched people in the community, and […]Read more "What Christmas Is All About!"
This is an excellent post by my friend, Bishop Joe Mattera. Check it out on the link below … http://josephmattera.org/ten-things-pastors-wish-their-congregations-understood-about-them/Read more "TEN THINGS PASTORS WISH THEIR CONGREGATIONS UNDERSTOOD ABOUT THEM"
Heard this incredible quote many years ago and was reminded of it recently. I believe it will help someone going through a tough time right now. “It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. […]Read more "It’s Not The Critic Who Counts"