Pastor's Blog

How do we love others the way God tells us to? Send them a 🍕!

As of Monday of this week, we were still no closer to having civil drawings that we could submit to the city. If you know anything about construction, you cannot do anything without them. For whatever reason, our architect saved them for last, and the civil engineer...

3 Things We Can Learn From the Addictions in Our Lives

When I was 25 years old, I made a profound discovery about myself. I knew I came from an addictive family; my granddad, my dad, and most of his siblings were at some point addicted to something. When I was a teenager Christ got hold of my life, and I became acutely...

What we can learn from quicksand.

A couple of weeks ago I attended a meeting, and one of the members was frustrated with another member. To add insult to injury, I sided with one of them. After two and a half hours, NOTHING was accomplished. I left drained, discouraged and ready to quit my role on the...

What happens when you are selfish for 5 seconds?

Sandy and I had an awesome vacation last week. We were given nine days in Mexico, and it was amazing: 80 degrees every day, great food and a beautiful beach. It was a perfect time for us to get away and rest. Sandy has been working crazy hours at the hospital, and...

Screaming

I’ve been battling over our new building project for weeks. It came to the point of yelling the other day, not at anyone here, but at God. There are three major struggles, all contingent upon each other. The civil drawings need to be completed before we can receive a...

5 Team Building Lessons We Can Learn from Geese

Our team had an offsite meeting this week. My doctoral mentor, Gary McIntosh, facilitated as we went through some key changes of our leadership team, which we’ll share next weekend at the Family Meeting. It will be an exciting and important time together. You DO NOT...

Row, Row, Row Your Boat

I was on the rowing team in college – such a great sport. I can’t stand it when people overuse the word "quintessential," but rowing is the quintessential team sport – quintessentially. If you’re unfamiliar with the sport, you sit in a boat slightly wider than your...

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...