How Shall I Spread Abroad Thy Wonderous story?

Have you ever asked the question the hymn writer asks in our beautiful hymn we sang together at Maundy Thursday worship, “O Dearest Jesus, What Law hast Thou Broken? In verse 3 of the that hymn, the writer asks, “How shall I spread abroad thy w


Holy Week at Trinity

This next weekend is Palm Sunday.  The day begins Holy Week –  the climax of the Lenten Season.  Holy Week includes special times of worship designed to help us understand and appreciate the price Jesus paid for our salvation.  This week al


Trinity’s 2017 Family Promise Contribution

This morning I had the opportunity to sit down with Mary Weeden who serves as Trinity’s Family Promise co-coordinator and Lindsay Moore, Network Director of Family Promise of Genesee County.   During this meeting in my study we had the pleasu


It’s Our Turn

Remember back in the days before dishwashers, when after a family meal, an argument would sometimes develop about whose turn it was to do the dishes or carry out the garbage? I don’t know why but it seemed to my young mind that it was ALWAYS my tur


Fifth Sunday Council President Update

Council Update December 30 /31, 2017 Good Evening/Morning Welcome to our first Council President Update! As Pastor has already been announcing, these 5 minute 5th Sunday updates are intended to update our congregation as to what things, and how thing


Got a Retirement Plan?

This isn’t a pitch for your retirement saving but rather a plea for those unreached by the Gospel. My friend is a Bible translator. This week she phoned me from an Asian country with news about her work that focuses on 2-billion people who have nev


Get Inspired

People often ask me why I get involved in foreign missions.  I’m sometimes asked, “Isn’t there enough to do here in the US without traveling around the world?”   My response is not what you may want to hear—but it’s based on experie


Double-Up

Double-up!   The idiom, “double-up” can be confusing to international students when we ask them to share a ride with another student in the same car, or deal with something in pairs. When an instructor says, “We’re going to have to double up


Making a living … and making disciples!

I remember the days before retirement … when your feet hit the floor you were off to the rat race … well that’s how it felt sometimes. Earning a living is not easy—it wasn’t then and it isn’t now. Still, we can have the easy yoke that Jes


You were born in Bethlehem?

“Where where you born? It’s a question I ask international students frequently and sometimes I’m surprised at their answers. However, when I asked this question of a clerk, while shopping with my Nigerian friend in a large department stor