The Spirit We Need

Two issues took place with Jesus’ disciples in Luke 9 to which I can, to my shame, relate all too well. First, the disciples rebuked a man doing the work of God in Jesus’ name who didn’t follow “their group” (vv.49-50). What was their...
Be Careful About Change

Be Careful About Change

One thing I have learned after inheriting a church building that is 35+ years old: Don’t change something until you get an idea of why it was there. Sometimes, when I investigate why something was put up, I find it to be a matter of tradition, preference, or...
How to Have a “Merry Christmas”

How to Have a “Merry Christmas”

How to Have a “Merry” Christmas Bruce M. Burkett  |  December 14, 2017 This is the season where all around us we hear the friendly words “Merry Christmas” spoken. It is a gracious greeting. It is an sentimental statement. Yet, while the phrase itself is very endearing...