If you read my last article I was getting ready to go to Ethiopia with Brighton Their World, and now I am back. I was and I am still blown away by what God has done at Brighton Academy, the school Brighton Their World started in Addis Ababa Ethiopia.
As we observe Breast Cancer Awareness Month by celebrating the survivors and their stories, we also continue to pray for the cure. The saddest part of cancer is the fact that it is one of the more than 10 incurable medical diseases.
In a couple of weeks we'll celebrate All Saints Day in the Christian tradition. Every year on Nov. 1 we honor and remember the people in the life of the church who have died since the last All Saints Day. It's a moment where we get to remember the people in our life who we consider saints. It's also a day in the life of the church where we remember those people who have been formally canonized as Saints. People like St. Francis of Assisi, St. Patrick, St. Hildegard of Bingen, and many, many more.
I have been in schools and around education for years and have watched several student counsels get formed. During these times I have seen that some students truly want those positions and others who didn't want the position as much would be more confident. Those with more confidence would get the position.
One of the least talked about stories of the life of Jesus Christ can be found in Matthew 21. This story occurs during the week we call passion or Holy Week, and when Jesus enters the temple. As he enters what is supposed to be a place of liberty and justice for all, he encounters people who have been hired by the government working in the temple. Their job is to serve and be a convenience for pilgrims, but they are now committing crimes. They pick and choose who they will sell short and cheat. And the hardest thing to ...
One day while I sat at my computer doing video announcements, putting together graphics and making charts for a meeting, my boys walked in the room. One began asking for milk while the youngest one, who is a pre-talker, held out his hands, looked up with those beautiful eyes and motioned his hands by opening and closing them. He was beckoning for me to pick him up.
From the first pink night gown to the illuminating white wedding dress, from the brand new shiny T-ball bat to the hands on the steering wheel, from the first Sparkies Award to the swinging tassels at graduation, in the blink of an eye, it happens.
As the chaplain at Oxford College, I talk a lot about respect. The reasons for this are layered. I was lucky enough to be shown respect as a child, and I feel a certain sense of duty to model this now in my life. As a practitioner of Christianity, I understand my faith to teach respect as an essential element to being human and humane. Respect is central to my work, because of who I am but also because of who I am called to be.
Eastridge Community Church will break ground on a new building at 14200 Highway 36 for its Jackson Lake Campus on June 12 at 5 p.m. The campus currently meets at Alcovy High School on Sunday mornings at 10:45.
In writing this new column, I thought long and hard about what the first topic should be on. What is important from the perspective of a youth pastor? What do we know that other people should know? Since it is February and Valentine's Day is right around the corner, I settled on love in the form of service.