The Pastor’s Heart 7/20/2018

When you’re tired, it doesn’t take much.  For me it was a parking place.  Silly, right?  It had been a long day of ministry in the Bronx on last week’s missions trip, and around 9 p.m., while negotiating the New York city expressway system, I missed an exit.  Not a big deal thanks to Google…

The Pastor’s Heart 6/29/2018

It had been a long time coming, and history was about to be made.  The Second Continental Congress had appointed a committee to draft it, and the time had come for final discussion, revision, and approval.  A document they called “The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America” now lay before them.  And…

The Pastor’s Heart 6/22/2018

I was sitting with my mom in her doctor’s office yesterday afternoon and shuffled through some magazines to find something to read (you know how doctor’s office waiting goes).  I settled on Sports Illustrated.  It looked a little worn, and when I looked at the date, I saw it was from December of 2012.  Interesting…. …

The Pastor’s Heart 6/15/2018

Someone once asked a young boy if he knew what Father’s Day was.  He simply replied, “Yeah, it’s just like Mother’s Day, but it doesn’t cost as much.”  Someone else once mentioned that fatherhood is carrying pictures where your money used to be (this before the days of smartphones, of course!).  Regardless of how you…

The Pastor’s Heart 6/8/2018

The examples in Scripture are many.  God’s people calling out to Him in times of crisis.  Israel at the Red Sea.  Joshua before Jericho.  Gideon and the Midianites.  Elijah and the prophets of Baal.  Jeremiah in the dungeon.  Christ’s disciples in the storm.  Peter in prison.  Indeed, it is a wonderful comfort to know that…

The Pastor’s Heart 5/25/2018

This is a weekend to reflect and remember.  To reflect on the freedom we are blessed to have in our country and to remember those who gave that “last full measure of devotion” to secure and protect that freedom.  Whether it was in battle or in peacetime, they are worthy of our gratitude and recognition. …

The Pastor’s Heart 5/11/2018

Her son was looking for help on understanding what sin is and how to avoid committing it.  In a letter to that son, this mother lovingly replied:  “Take this rule: whatever weakens your reason, impairs the tenderness of your conscience, obscures your sense of God, or takes off your relish of spiritual things; in short,…

The Pastor’s Heart 5/4/2018

She’s here!  And she’s beautiful!  Little Emery Dallas Bowker, our second grandchild and first granddaughter, made her entrance into the world at 10:26 last Monday morning.  Praise the Lord, mom and baby (and dad) are doing fine.  As Tina and I looked through the hospital nursery window, we only had eyes for little Emery.  Sure,…

The Pastor’s Heart 4/27/2018

“Slippery When Wet.”  We’ve all seen the sign.  The very fact it’s there tells you it’s probably wet!  It’s a warning to watch your step, because a slip could lead to a nasty spill.  From there it’s bruises, scrapes, sprains, fractures, or worse.  And when we hit that slick spot, it only takes a second…

The Pastor’s Heart 4/20/2018

This time last week, I was doing what Peter had just done all night.  Fishing.  The group from our church, though, did better than Peter and his associates.  Our annual men’s fishing trip resulted in a good catch of fish.  On the other hand, Peter had fished all night and caught nothing.  After that long,…