In A Nutshell | May 14, 2021

Mask Removal Coming Soon; Let’s Make It Permanent! As we continue to emerge from the dark shadow cast by the coronavirus, people everywhere, including here at Oak Chapel, are asking, “When can we remove our masks?” Good question! I think all of us are ready to put our masks in a deep corner of ourContinue reading “In A Nutshell | May 14, 2021”

In A Nutshell | May 7, 2021

Life Can Change Dramatically In an Instant It all happened so fast, and yet it seemed to play out so slowly. On June 5th, 1970, my Dad had just picked me up from a year-end eighth-grade party at a friend’s house. It was one of those awkward boy-girl parties when you tried to dance forContinue reading “In A Nutshell | May 7, 2021”

In A Nutshell | April 30, 2021

How Much is Too Much? Is it possible to overstate a fundamental Biblical truth? In other words, is it conceivable that we could focus too much on one particular aspect of our faith? My initial reaction to that question would be, “of course not!” God’s truth is indisputable and indispensable — it never gets oldContinue reading “In A Nutshell | April 30, 2021”

In A Nutshell | April 23, 2021

You Can Get There From Here You know the old saying, “You can’t get there from here!” It usually surfaces this time of year when road construction produces a spate of orange barrels and detour signs that prevent us from taking our normal route to work, school, or anywhere else that we might be traveling. I foundContinue reading “In A Nutshell | April 23, 2021”

In A Nutshell | April 16, 2021

Run the Race, Talk the Talk, Walk the Walk Track and Field has never been my strong suit. I was always pretty slow afoot and somewhat limited in terms of jumping and throwing. However, last week, as I volunteered at the annual Triway Junior High Invitational Meet, I was reminded, in ametaphoric sense, that weContinue reading “In A Nutshell | April 16, 2021”

In A Nutshell | April 9, 2021

In and Out Might Not be Our Best Option Quick lube oil change stations have been with us for some time now, and theyserve as just one more example of our desire to get things done quickly. We can’t seemto take our time with anything these days. The faster the better…but to what end? WhatareContinue reading “In A Nutshell | April 9, 2021”

In A Nutshell | April 2, 2021

Filling the Void with Active Engagement Believe it or not, the saddest time of the week for me is just after our worshipservice ends on Sunday morning and everyone has gone home. The church is emptyand dark, and the idea that it will be largely vacant for another seven days is verydisheartening.At the same time,Continue reading “In A Nutshell | April 2, 2021”

In A Nutshell | March 26, 2021

A Matter of Life and Death One of the more difficult but also rewarding responsibilities in ministry isproviding comfort to those whose journey in this world is coming to an end. It is a time ofdeep sadness but also great joy for the person who has lived a life in Christ. Last weekend, I visitedContinue reading “In A Nutshell | March 26, 2021”

In A Nutshell | March 19, 2021

Snapshot of a Growing Church For many years, USA Today has published a “Snapshot” poll in the lower left corner its front page. The poll measures the preferences of Americans on a particular topic each day. Last week, the newspaper published a poll about what activities Americans have missed most during the pandemic. Not surprisingly,Continue reading “In A Nutshell | March 19, 2021”

In A Nutshell | March 12, 2021

A Tribute to the ‘Tower of Power’ As I approached the church late last week, I was greeted by three largeAmerican Electric Power trucks and a host of workers in bright lime green vests. It wasclear that they were on a mission to replace one of the existing poles with a new one onchurch property.Continue reading “In A Nutshell | March 12, 2021”

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