I am currently serving as the pastor of a small, wonderful church in the Poconos. I have also preached at some other churches in the area. Here’s where I’ll post those, if you’d like to listen in.
When I was little, my family used to regularly go for family swim night at our local YMCA. I was probably about five at the time, and I didn’t know how to swim. I’d watch my parents in the pool, and even my crazy little sister was absolutely fearless. Actually that’s probably why my parents were preoccupied whenever we were at the pool. Anyway, for whatever reason, I was absolutely terrified of the water. To this day, I’m not sure why. I don’t remember any traumatic experiences, no near-drownings, nothing. But while I’d go and watch everyone else splashing around, I was having none of that. I think this must have been something like how the disciples felt when they were in their boat and the storm was churning around them. This was way more than they’d bargained for when they got into the boat with Jesus. This was his idea – he’s the one who said let’s get in the boat and go to the other side. And now there’s a storm and the boat is filling with water and he’s asleep, all kicked back on a cushion, sound asleep, not a worry in the world. To hear more, click...Read More
A couple of years ago, a man named Arnold Abbott made the headlines for setting up an operation in a Florida park to feed those in need. Abbott worked with two local preachers and caused quite a stir with what he was doing, particularly because he was at that time 90 years old and defied the authorities by continuing to feed those in need despite being arrested several times. The first time I heard about Arnold Abbott, the first thing I pictured was this scene from Mark’s gospel, of thousands of people crowded around Jesus and the disciples, all of them tired and hungry. All of them in need. Aside from the resurrection, the story of Jesus feeding the 5,000 is the only miracle recorded in all four Gospels. Obviously, the Gospel writers considered this a significant miracle. Matthew further emphasizes the point by adding that the 5,000 did not include the women and children present. Many Bible scholars believe the actual number fed that day could have been between 15,000 and 20,000 people. To hear more, click here…...Read More
In the first of our Superhero series, we watch as Jesus heals a woman and raises a child from the dead.Read More