Pastor's Blog

A Shepherd’s Staff, a Bible, a Prayer Stole and a Sword

Yesterday I had the amazing privilege of being part of Stephen’s ordination ceremony. I could hardly believe it when he walked across the platform with his bride of 2½ weeks and received the certificate. After each candidate was in their place, Sandy and I stood with...

He Is Painting a Masterpiece

April – what a month!! Easter was a record breaker. Way to go Church on the Ridge. Because of you, we were able to reach more people in a single weekend than any Easter in our 14-year history. Easter Sunday 2004 was our very first weekend Gathering. During that year...

Compassion and Inconvenience

Let’s play a game. Think about a time when someone served you out of the goodness of their heart. I am guessing it made you feel loved, special, important, significant (and any other synonym for loved). Now, think of several ways you would describe the person who...

The Top Three Features of the New Church on the Ridge Website

Thanks for sharing your feedback via the communications survey. Your input has been valuable in determining priorities in the new site. In addition to improved navigation and a responsive design, here are the top three features of the new site that I wanted to share...

Death Lost Its Teeth

On Monday, Leah and I took the kids to the Woodland Park Zoo. I hold many fond memories of this place from my childhood growing up in Ballard. My favorite attraction was the nocturnal house, where everything was shrouded in darkness and stillness. As soon as I set...

Not “Good-Bye,” but “I’ll see you later.”

A year ago today Sandy’s mom passed away. It is a weird thought that many other people besides Jesus died on Good Friday. Currently about 153,000 people die each day. Gone, lost, never seen again? If you believe in Good Friday and the Easter message you can know for...

Papa, why do you have no hair?

I’m very excited to see Stephen and Rebecca get married in just a couple of weeks! I know the joys of a committed, God-honoring relationship. I want them to experience what Sandy and I have had these last 25 years of marriage together, it’s been a beauty to walk...

Pray On!

Why do we pray for people? Do you wonder what your prayers are actually doing? I read something that paints a somewhat new picture of the power of prayer and I’m excited to share it with you.

Love is a choice that is followed by action. Period.

“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always...

Israel 2018 Trip Recap

I just got back from Israel, my seventh trip to the Holy Land. Why do people call it that? Well, most of human history is defined by that place. All of creation is culminated in that place. The end of all things earthly will happen in that place. Jesus died for you in...