Who can we trust?

In a aggressive campaign season when accusations are flung, who can we trust? We are bitterly divided over issues including management of a pandemic, racial justice, and the economy. Fear and doubt are widespread. I am reminded of an old 80s Christian song with lyrics that went something like this: “I put my faith in…

Abram and faith in the unknowing

When God told Abram to move, Abram did just that, even without knowing what the future would hold for him. Can we have faith like that? Earlier this year, our church aired a series of online conversations between our Lead Pastor and members of the church. This story was in response to one of those…

The Winner Is…

By playing a game where the viewers are destined to lose, fairness and justice are explained. This video was originally aired as part of a June 3, 2020 online worship service at my church. You can view the video within the context of the full worship service at http://www.chumc.org. I like to play games, so…

Foggy day

On a foggy day, you can’t see what’s ahead. We don’t know what the future holds, either, but we trust that God is there. This video was originally recorded as part of the March 29, 2020 online worship service at my church. It was near the beginning of our new form of worship, and I…

Candy Land, Teachers, and Hope

Candy Land was created by a school teacher during the polio epidemic to give hope and happiness to quarantined children. We can give hope to others, too. This video was recorded for part of the May 3, 2020 online worship service at my church during a series on HOPE. You can view the message in…

Do the next good thing.

Big changes can start with one small thing…and then another…and another. This video was recorded for the June 21, 2020 online worship service at my church. To view this message in context, visit http://www.chumc.org. I have a patio with a deck behind my house, but it hasn’t always looked very nice. Over time little spiders…

Back to School Zoom

Technology connects us, but it’s not always easy. Ms. Marcia hosts a Zoom meeting with two students and a teacher to talk about hopes and worries for the new school year. This video was recorded on Zoom with two sixth graders and an adult volunteer from my church serving as puppeteers. It was broadcast on…

Giving gold for wood

Sacrifice means giving up something you value to help others. Sacrifice demonstrates love. Its’ been over five months since I recorded this video on my 6-year-old phone, with a bad camera angle, and no editing skills. A lot has changed since then, but a lot hasn’t. We’re still making sacrifices. The COVID-19 pandemic has changed…

A different kind of Easter in the middle of a pandemic

This is not how any of us imagined Easter would look. Because I am the Director of Family Ministry at my church, Easter is usually one of the busiest times of the year for me. There’s the Sunday morning Easter egg hunt. Invitations are prepared and delivered. Over a thousand eggs are assembled and counted….