Is Christianity Stuck in the Past?

Message Title: Is Christianity stuck in the Past?Theme: Record Breakers & RedemptionSeason: LentMain Text: Jeremiah 31:31-34;Scripture Reading: John 12:20-33RCL Scripture: Jeremiah 31:31-34; Psalm 51:1-12 or Psalm 119:9-16; Hebrews 5:5-10; John 12:20-33Focus: God establishes a new covenant with his people.Function: To see the complexity of our faith and In the midst of our convictions, we can … Continue reading Is Christianity Stuck in the Past?

Promise Breakers & Weird Record Makers

Message Title: Promise Breakers & Weird Record MakersTheme: Record Breakers & RedemptionSeason: LentMain Text: Numbers 21:4-9Scripture Reading: John 3:14-21RCL Scripture: Numbers 21:4-9; Psalm 107:1-3, 17-22; Ephesians 2:1-10; John 3:14-21Focus: God keeps God’s promisesFunction: To stop wishing for Egypt and look forward to breaking cycles by stepping forward with GodOther Notes: Guinness Records in Indiana reading Promise Breakers & Weird Record Makers

Laws Made To Be Broken

Message Title: Laws Made to Be BrokenTheme: Record Breakers & RedemptionSeason: LentMain Text: Exodus 20:1-17;Scripture Reading: John 2:13-22RCL Scripture: Exodus 20:1-17; Psalm 19; 1 Corinthians 1:18-25; John 2:13-22Focus: God makes a covenant with Israel through Moses.Function: To separate ourselves from the legalism of religion and enter into the spiritual journey of a faith focused on … Continue reading Laws Made To Be Broken

Fancy Titles & Big Gestures

Message Title: Fancy Titles & Big GesturesTheme: Record Breakers & RedemptionSeason: LentMain Text: Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16Scripture Reading: Mark 8:31-38RCL Scripture: Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16; Psalm 22:23-31; Romans 4:13-25; Mark 8:31-38 or Mark 9:2-9Focus: God makes a covenant with Abram & Sarai and seals it with a sign.Function: To return God’s commitment with a commitment of our … Continue reading Fancy Titles & Big Gestures

Does God Break Promises?

Message Title: Does God Break Promises?Theme: Record Breakers & RedemptionSeason: LentMain Text: Genesis 9:8-17Scripture Reading: Mark 1:9-15RCL Scripture: Genesis 9:8-17; Psalm 25:1-10; 1 Peter 3:18-22; Mark 1:9-15Focus: God makes a covenant with all creation through Noah.Function: To set our minds for the season of lent and a renewed dependance on God.Other Notes: Guinness Records in … Continue reading Does God Break Promises?

Jesus Gets A Makeover

Originally Preached on Feb 14th, 2021 Message Title: Jesus Gets a MakeoverTheme: Flopped Inventions & New DiscoveriesSeason: EpiphanyMain Text: Mark 9:2-10Scripture Reading: Psalm 50:1-6RCL Scripture: 2 Kings 2:1-12; Psalm 50:1-6; 2 Corinthians 4:3-6; Mark 9:2-9Focus: Jesus is transfigured before Peter, James, & John.Function: To acknowledge how we have changed the image of Jesus & Christianity … Continue reading Jesus Gets A Makeover

God Invented Rest

Message Title: God Invented RestTheme: Flopped Inventions & New DiscoveriesSeason: EpiphanyMain Text: Mark 1:29-39Scripture Reading: Psalm 147:1-11, 20cRCL Scripture: Isaiah 40:21-31; Psalm 147:1-11, 20c; 1 Corinthians 9:16-23; Mark 1:29-39Focus: Amid Jesus’ ministry, he took time to rest.Function: To accept the gift of rest and find time to recharge our own metaphorical batteries.Other Notes: Alfred L … Continue reading God Invented Rest

Can We Really Know?

Service originally recorded on 1/24/2021 Message Title: Can We Really Know?Theme: Flopped Inventions & New DiscoveriesSeason: EpiphanyMain Text: Mark 1:14-20Scripture Reading: Psalm 62:5-12RCL Scripture: Jonah 3:1-5, 10; Psalm 62:5-12; 1 Corinthians 7:29-31; Mark 1:14-20Focus: Mark depicts Jesus calling his first disciples different from John’s Gospel.Function: To find peace in the exploration of scripture by acknowledging … Continue reading Can We Really Know?

A Message from Beyond — quarantined service

Service from 1/31/2021: I was contact traced during COVID and required to stay home for 10 days (incubation time) until I could test negative. This service was broadcast on Facebook live from my home. Message Title: A Message from BeyondTheme: Flopped Inventions & New DiscoveriesSeason: EpiphanyMain Text: Mark 1:21-28Scripture Reading: Psalm 111RCL Scripture: Deuteronomy 18:15-20; … Continue reading A Message from Beyond — quarantined service

Illuminated Discoveries

Message Title: Illuminated DiscoveriesTheme: Flopped Inventions & New DiscoveriesSeason:  EpiphanyMain Text: John 1:43-51Scripture Reading: Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18RCL Scripture: 1 Samuel 3:1-10, (11-20); Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18: 1 Corinthians 6:12-20; John 1:43-51Focus: Nathaniel, the skeptic, becomes a disciple of Jesus.Function: To review the changes of the church over time and recognize the dawn of change to come.Other … Continue reading Illuminated Discoveries

Waters Changing Tides

Message Title: Waters Changing TidesTheme: Flopped Inventions & New DiscoveriesSeason: EPIPHANY (started Jan 6th)Main Text: Mark 1:4-11Scripture Reading: Psalm 29RCL Scripture: Genesis 1:1-5; Psalm 29; Acts 19:1-7; Mark 1:4-11Focus: John the Baptist baptizes Jesus, and a voice claims Jesus as his son.Function: To commit or recommit to the continual transformation of our baptism.Other Notes: (Wisemen … Continue reading Waters Changing Tides

Shout it from the Roof Tops

Message Title: Shout it from the Roof TopsTheme: God’s consistencySeason: ChristmasMain Text: John 1:(1-9), 10-18Scripture Reading: Jeremiah 31:7-14RCL Scripture: Jeremiah 31:7-14; Psalm 147:12-20; Ephesians 1:3-14; John 1:(1-9), 10-18Focus: Jesus was present & part of the plan from the beginning.Function: To practice awe and wonder while considering the implications of our beliefs on our lives.Other Notes: … Continue reading Shout it from the Roof Tops

Risky Business

Message Title: Risky BusinessTheme: Waiting on GodSeason: AdventMain Text: Isaiah 40:1-11;Scripture Reading: Mark 1:1-8RCL Scripture: Isaiah 40:1-11; Psalm 85:1-2, 8-13; 2 Peter 3:8-15a; Mark 1:1-8Focus: God speaks of a future peace for Judah.Function: To commit to a life of peace-bringing and search out ways to bring peace. Other Notes: Traditional themes each week: Hope, Peace, … Continue reading Risky Business

God, You’re Late

Message Title: God, You’re LateTheme: Waiting on GodSeason: AdventMain Text: Isaiah 64:1-9;Scripture Reading: Mark 13:24-37RCL Scripture: Isaiah 64:1-9; Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19; 1 Corinthians 1:3-9; Mark 13:24-37Focus: Isaiah asks God to provide Judah’s hope of restoration. (the People are blaming God)Function: To pick up our Gospel responsibility and leave God’s responsibilities to God.– To wait, trust, … Continue reading God, You’re Late

Farm Animals & Kings

Message Title: Farm Animals & KingsTheme: Christ the King SundaySeason: ORDINARYMain Text: Matthew 25:31-46Scripture Reading: Psalm 100RCL Scripture: Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24; Psalm 100; Psalm 95:1-7a; Ephesians 1:15-23; Matthew 25:31-46Focus: Jesus’ parable calls for action, not just pretty words.Function: To get involved in the messiness of the Gospel by loving people that are hard to love. Other … Continue reading Farm Animals & Kings

Forest Roots: A Bonus Episode

Originally preached on 11/15/2020 at Liberty Baptist Church in Tipton, In Title: Forest Roots: A Bonus EpisodeTheme: KNOW YOUR ROOTSSeason: ORDINARYMain Text: Judges 4:1-7Scripture Reading: Matthew 25:14-30RCL Scripture: Judges 4:1-7; Psalm 123; Zephaniah 1:7, 12-18; Psalm 90:1-8, (9-11), 12; 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11; Matthew 25:14-30Focus:  Israel forgets the dependable character of God.Function:  To be a Christian … Continue reading Forest Roots: A Bonus Episode

Commitment to My Roots

11/1/2020 Sermon Message Title: Commitment to My RootsTheme: KNOW YOUR ROOTSSeason: ORDINARYMain Text: Joshua 3:7-17Scripture Reading: Matthew 23:1-12;RCL Scripture: Joshua 3:7-17; Psalm 107:1-7, 33-37; Micah 3:5-12; Psalm 43; 1 Thessalonians 2:9-13; Matthew 23:1-12; Revelation 7:9-17; Psalm 34:1-10, 22; 1 John 3:1-3; Matthew 5:1-12Focus: God commits to Joshua and makes it known to Israel through big … Continue reading Commitment to My Roots

Back to Our Roots

Message Title: Back to Our RootsTheme: KNOW YOUR ROOTSSeason: ORDINARYMain Text: Deuteronomy 34:1-12;Scripture Reading: Matthew 22:34-46RCL Scripture: Deuteronomy 34:1-12; Psalm 90:1-6, 13-17; Leviticus 19:1-2, 15-18; Psalm 1; 1 Thessalonians 2:1-8; Matthew 22:34-46Focus:  Moses dies and transfers leadership to Joshua as Israel enters the Promise Land.Function: To think about our roots as we plan our future … Continue reading Back to Our Roots

Do You Even Know Me?

Message Title: Do You Even Know Me?Theme: Heretics & Holy ProphetsSeason: ORDINARYMain Text: Isaiah 45:1-7Scripture Reading: Matthew 22:15-22RCL Scripture: Exodus 33:12-23; Psalm 99; Isaiah 45:1-7; Psalm 96:1-9, (10-13); 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10; Matthew 22:15-22Focus: God speaks through the prophet to King Cyrus.Function: To worship God for his dominion has no bounds and to celebrate that God … Continue reading Do You Even Know Me?

Musical Heresy

Originally preached on 10/4/2020 Message Title: Musical HeresyTheme: Heretics & Holy ProphetsSeason: ORDINARYMain Text: Isaiah 5:1-7Scripture Reading: Matthew 21:33-46RCL Scripture: Exodus 20:1-4, 7-9, 12-20; Psalm 19; Isaiah 5:1-7; Psalm 80:7-15; Philippians 3:4b-14; Matthew 21:33-46Focus: Israel did not stay faithful to the message God gave their ancestors.Function: To hold our love of history/tradition in balance with … Continue reading Musical Heresy

Unclear Expectations

Originally preached 10-11-2020 Postscript: This sermon also saw some changes between the preparation, practice, and preaching. I’ll share the video of the sermon when it is uploaded to youtube. Message Title: Unclear ExpectationsTheme: Heretics & Holy ProphetsSeason: ORDINARYMain Text: Isaiah 25:1-9Scripture Reading: Matthew 22:1-14RCL Scripture: Exodus 32:1-14; Psalm 106:1-6, 19-23; Isaiah 25:1-9; Psalm 23; Philippians … Continue reading Unclear Expectations

Popular Kids

Postscript: the recording of this sermon was outside and a very windy day. Therefore, the audio is awful and I won’t be posting a video. Message Title: Popular KidsTheme: Life Lessons from the PlaygroundSeason: ORDINARYMain Text: Matthew 21:23-32Scripture Reading: Exodus 17:1-7RCL Scripture: Exodus 17:1-7; Psalm 78:1-4, 12-16; Ezekiel 18:1-4, 25-32; Psalm 25:1-9; Philippians 2:1-13; Matthew … Continue reading Popular Kids

That’s So Unfair!

Post Script: Once again, my sermon took an interesting turn compared to what I had prepared. What a fun conundrum on Sunday! I got to church and tried to print off my sermon, but the printer wasn’t working. I make an outline and used that in place of my manuscript notes. Here’s the full service … Continue reading That’s So Unfair!

Forgive and Forget

9/13/2020 at Homecoming Outdoor Worship Post Script: this sermon was not an easy one to write. I really struggled with this passage because of my own story of forgiveness. Message Title: Forgive & ForgetTheme: Life Lessons from the PlaygroundSeason: ORDINARYMain Text: Matthew 18:21-35Scripture Reading: Exodus 14:19-31RCL Scripture: Exodus 14:19-31; Psalm 114 or Exodus 15:1b-11, 20-21; … Continue reading Forgive and Forget

Be the Bigger Person

Post Script: This sermon unfolded differently than the manuscript I prepared. Check out this link to my YouTube channel if you would like to compare the two: Sermon on 9/6/2020 Message Title: Be the Bigger PersonTheme: Life Lessons from the PlaygroundSeason: ORDINARYMain Text: Matthew 18:15-20Scripture Reading: Exodus 12:1-14RCL Scripture: Exodus 12:1-14; Psalm 149; Ezekiel 33:7-11; … Continue reading Be the Bigger Person

Whose Redemption Story Is this?

Outside Worship at Liberty Baptist Church in Tipton, IN on 8/30/2020 Message Title: Whose Redemption Story Is this?Theme: Redeemer of StoriesSeason: ORDINARYMain Text: Exodus 3:1-15;Scripture Reading: Romans 12:9-21RCL Scripture: Exodus 3:1-15; Psalm 105:1-6, 23-26, 45b; Jeremiah 15:15-21; Psalm 26:1-8; Romans 12:9-21; Matthew 16:21-28Focus: God invites Moses to be part of the redemption of Israel.Function: To … Continue reading Whose Redemption Story Is this?

Unconventional Redemption

Message Title: Unconventional RedemptionTheme: Redeemer of StoriesSeason: ORDINARYMain Text: Exodus 1:8-2:10;Scripture Reading: Romans 12:1-8;RCL Scripture: Exodus 1:8-2:10; Psalm 124; Isaiah 51:1-6; Psalm 138; Romans 12:1-8; Matthew 16:13-20Focus: God uses women in Israel’s exodus & redemption story.Function:  To find yourself and others in the Big Redemption story and see your little redemption coinciding with The Big … Continue reading Unconventional Redemption

Sugar Coated Plans (Family Dysfunction Redeemed Part 2)

Liberty Baptist on August 16th, 2020 Message Title: Sugar Coated PlansTheme: Redeemer of StoriesSeason: ORDINARYMain Text: Genesis 45:1-15;Scripture Reading: Romans 11:1-2a, 29-32;RCL Scripture: Genesis 45:1-15; Psalm 133; Isaiah 56:1, 6-8; Psalm 67; Romans 11:1-2a, 29-32; Matthew 15: (10-20), 21-28Focus: God redeems the story of 12 brothers.Function: To not blame or attribute God for our pains, … Continue reading Sugar Coated Plans (Family Dysfunction Redeemed Part 2)

Family Dysfunction Redeemed Part 1

Liberty Baptist on August 9th, 2020 Yes, the cinematics are terrible. My apologies. Message Title: Family Dysfunction Redeemed Part 1Theme: Redeemer of StoriesSeason: ORDINARYMain Text: Genesis 37:1-4, 12-28;Scripture Reading: Romans 10:5-15;RCL Scripture: Genesis 37:1-4, 12-28; Psalm 105: 1-6, 16-22, 45b; 1 Kings 19:9-18; Psalm 85:8-13; Romans 10:5-15; Matthew 14:22-33Focus: Abraham’s family dysfunction is generational but … Continue reading Family Dysfunction Redeemed Part 1

By Any Other Name

Message Title: By Any Other NameTheme: Redeemer of StoriesSeason: ORDINARYMain Text: Genesis 32:22-31Scripture Reading: Romans 9:1-5;RCL Scripture: Genesis 32:22-31; Psalm 17:1-7, 15; Isaiah 55:1-5; Psalm 145:8-9, 14-21; Romans 9:1-5; Matthew 14:13-21Focus: Jacob wrestles a mysterious person and receives a name change.Function: To recognize the redemption arch in our own story and that God hasn’t finished … Continue reading By Any Other Name

Evil Plans Foiled

Message Title: Evil Plans FoiledTheme: Stories of TransformationSeason: ORDINARYMain Text: Romans 8: (12-25) 26-39; Scripture Reading:  Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52RCL Scripture: Genesis 29:15-28; Psalm 105:1-11, 45b or Psalm 128; 1 Kings 3:5-12; Psalm 119:129-136; Romans 8:26-39; Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52Focus: Paul says nothing can separate us from God’s love.Function: To receive God’s unconditional love and to celebrate our adoption and how … Continue reading Evil Plans Foiled


I enjoy painting. I prefer to use acrylic as my main medium though I have used oil in the past but would grow frustrated with paint thinner and clean up. However, I do not do well with water color…I’m rather impatient and water color requires more patience. Honestly, I hadn’t painted since early 2018. Prior … Continue reading Paintings

The Constancy of Change

Message Title: The Constancy of ChangeTheme: Stories of TransformationSeason: ORDINARYMain Text: Romans 7:15-25a;Scripture Reading: Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30Focus: Paul speaks about the struggle of following God’s word.Function: To pursue the upward spiral of spiritual formation by connecting with God, community, and education.Other Notes: COMMUNION// THE BUTLER (Cecil Gains changes his mind about the Civil Rights movement) … Continue reading The Constancy of Change

Playing Favorites

Message Title: Playing FavoritesTheme: Psalms and Songs: songs from 1960’s music with similar feelings to psalmsSeason: ORDINARYMain Text: Psalm 89:1-4, 15-18;Scripture Reading: Matthew 10:40-42RCL Scripture: Genesis 22:1-14; Psalm 13; Jeremiah 28:5-9; Psalm 89:1-4, 15-18; Romans 6:12-23; Matthew 10:40-42Focus: This psalm is a psalm of praise for the God that chose David to be king.Function: To … Continue reading Playing Favorites

God, Can I Borrow Your Smite Machine?

Message Title: God, Can I Borrow Your Smite Machine?Theme: Psalms and Songs: songs from 1960’s music with similar feelings to psalmsSeason: ORDINARYMain Text: Psalm 69:7-10, (11-15), 16-18Scripture Reading: Matthew 10:24-39RCL Scripture: Genesis 21:8-21; Psalm 86:1-10, 16-17; Jeremiah 20:7-13; Psalm 69:7-10, (11-15), 16-18; Romans 6:1b-11; Matthew 10:24-39Focus: David asks for God’s help to smite his enemies.Function: … Continue reading God, Can I Borrow Your Smite Machine?

Not Hopelessly Romantic but Faithfully Loving

November 11th, 2019 Message Title: Not Hopelessly Romantic but Faithfully LovingTheme: History is Our StorySeason: Ordinary TimeColor: GreenMain Text: 2 Thessalonians 1:1-4, 11-12Scripture Reading: Luke 19:1-10Scripture: Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2:1-4, Psalm 119:137-144, Isaiah 1:10-18, Psalm 32:1-7, 2 Thessalonians 1:1-4, 11-12, Luke 19:1-10Focus: Paul greets the Thessalonians a second time with a hopeful thought wrapped up in … Continue reading Not Hopelessly Romantic but Faithfully Loving

The Story of Assimilation or Confrontation

July 28th, 2019 Message Title: The Story of Assimilation or Confrontation Theme: History is Our StorySeason: Ordinary TimeColor: GreenMain Text: Colossians 2:6-15, (16-19)Scripture Reading: Psalm 85RCL Scripture: Hosea 1:2-10, Psalm 85, Genesis 18:20-32, Psalm 138, Colossians 2:6-15, (16-19), Luke 11:1-13Focus: Paul moves from foundational beliefs on Christ to practical beliefs as believers.Function: to acknowledge our risk … Continue reading The Story of Assimilation or Confrontation

The History of Hymns

July 21st, 2019 Message Title: The History of HymnsTheme: History is Our StorySeason: Ordinary TimeColor: GreenMain Text: Colossians 1:15-23Scripture Reading: Amos 8:1-12RCL Scripture: Amos 8:1-12, Psalm 52, Genesis 18:1-10a, Psalm 15, Colossians 1:15-28, Luke 10:38-42Focus: After Paul’s greeting, he grounds his letter in the gospel before proceeding into teaching. Function: To remember the foundation of our … Continue reading The History of Hymns

Attaboy Doesn’t Mean All Done

July 14th, 2019 Message Title: Attaboy Doesn’t Mean All DoneTheme: History is Our StorySeason: Ordinary TimeColor: GreenMain Text: Colossians 1:1-14Scripture Reading: Psalm 82RCL Scripture: Amos 7:7-17, Psalm 82, Deuteronomy 30:9-14, Psalm 25:1-10, Colossians 1:1-14, Luke 10:25-37Focus: Paul introduces himself to the Colossians and expresses gratitude. Function: To realize that one job well done is only the … Continue reading Attaboy Doesn’t Mean All Done

Freedom Isn’t Free

June 30th, 2019 Message Title: Freedom Isn’t FreeTheme: History is Our StorySeason: Ordinary TimeColor: GreenMain Text: Galatians 5:1, 13-26,Scripture Reading: Psalm 16RCL Scripture: 2 Kings 2:1-2, 6-14, Psalm 77:1-2, 11-20, 1 Kings 19:15-16, 19-21, Psalm 16, Galatians 5:1, 13-25, Luke 9:51-62Focus: Paul reminds the Galatians that we are not bound by a law but are … Continue reading Freedom Isn’t Free

Roman Soldiers, Christians, and Unity

June 16th, 2019 Message Title: Roman Soldiers, Christians, and UnityTheme: History is Our StorySeason: Ordinary TimeColor: GreenMain Text: Romans 5:1-5Scripture Reading: Proverbs 8:1-4, 22-31 RCL Scripture: Proverbs 8:1-4, 22-31, Psalm 8, Romans 5:1-5, John 16:12-15Focus: Paul writes a letter to the Roman church to keep their faith grounded in Christ. Function: To step up as active … Continue reading Roman Soldiers, Christians, and Unity

Paint the Town Red

June 9th, 2019 Message Title: Paint the Town RedTheme: PentecostSeason: PentecostColor: RedMain Text: Acts 2:1-21Scripture Reading: GOING ROGUE!! Acts 10: 44-48RCL Scripture: *Acts 2:1-21 or Genesis 11:1-9, Psalm 104:24-34, 35b, Romans 8:14-17 or Acts 2:1-21, John 14:8-17, (25-27)Focus: The Holy Spirit comes first to the Jews (all ages and genders) and later to the Gentiles.Function: … Continue reading Paint the Town Red

Churches, Families, and Unity

June 2nd, 2019 Message Title: Churches, Families, and UnityTheme: Skeptics, Heretics, and the GospelSeason: EasterColor: WhiteMain Text: John 17: 20-26Scripture Reading: Psalm 97RCL Scripture: Acts 16:16-34, Psalm 97, Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17, 20-21, John 17:20-26 Focus: Jesus is praying for future believers to reflect the unity & love that the father and son share. Function: To be rooted … Continue reading Churches, Families, and Unity

Prayer & The Art of Listening

June 14th, 2020 Message Title: Prayer & The Art of ListeningTheme: Psalms and Songs: songs from 1960’s music with similar feelings to psalmsSeason: ORDINARYMain Text: Psalm 116:1-2, 12-19;Scripture Reading: Matthew 9:35-10:8, (9-23)RCL Scripture: Genesis 18:1-15, (21:1-7); Psalm 116:1-2, 12-19; Exodus 19:2-8a; Psalm 100; Romans 5:1-8; Matthew 9:35-10:8, (9-23)Focus: Our unknown author speaks of God rescuing … Continue reading Prayer & The Art of Listening