In his classic exposition on Christian discipleship, Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906-1945) said, "The physical presence of other Christians is an incomparable source of strength to the believer." As I sat outside in Central Park on Monday afternoon enjoying an ice-cold coffee with one of our elders, I was reminded of just how important this truth is. We shared our blessings and burdens, spoke words of encouragement to each other, and prayed together.
This is a season of transition. Some of us are sending kids off to college or to the first day of kindergarten. We’re getting back into busier routines, scheduling fall’s activities and events, and packing in the last to-do’s of summer. This week, I'm taking my youngest son to college, settling back into my pastoral work, and getting ready to tackle a list of big ministry goals. And in just a few months, I will turn 50!
I’ve had some amazing educational experiences over the last few weeks: studying at the University of Cambridge, one of the world’s oldest universities, and meeting with pastors and scholars from differing parts of the world. I worshipped at Hillsong London and Holy Trinity Brompton (home church of Matt Redman). I had some time for quiet reflection, like morning communion in an 11th century church, and time for fun. I made my way into more than one art gallery and followed in the footsteps of C. S. Lewis, even spending an hour in a pub that he and Tolkien favored.
I’m hearing stories about our Life Groups hanging out at Cubs, games, BBQs, the beach, restaurants, and even serving together in our city! Summer is the time when we can enjoy the beauty of the region with people who we are bonded together with because of the gospel! We’ve really tried to focus on building genuine community within our church this summer. Summer Life is a perfect example! For those who want to experience what a Life Group is like, our last Summer Life Night is tonight at 6p and word has it that dinner will be special!
We are really excited to welcome April Millard to our church staff. She is stepping into the role of Director of Children's Ministries. (Victoria Evans-Peasley is still with us but in a new role.) April has a great deal of experience ministering to children and their parents, and she jumped into...
Summer is in full swing: warm weather, fireworks, walking the dog late in the cool of the evening, taking off for a brief vacation. This is why we endure winter! I really wouldn't mind summer lasting longer this year (maybe into November). I've been checking in with Life Groups who are hanging out by the...
I remember going to Vacation Bible School (VBS) when I was a kid and learning a ton about the Bible and the things that Jesus said and did. What escaped me as a youngster has become foundational to our VBS at Calvary, and it's this: The gospel is a message that reveals a God who comes after us and invites us in to the greatest hope we could ever have in this life. We're excited to have 135 volunteers and 300 kids showing up to VBS at Calvary! What stirs my soul even more is that 55 of those kids have been freshly invited in. They represent families who have never been to Calvary before.
What is your purpose in life. Is it to help others, to raise strong and kind children, to establish a successful business? That is the question that a group of friends have been asking themselves and why they decided to find a way to help others who are struggling with the same dilemma.
What an awesome day we had at Father's Day in the Park! Over 2000 of us filled the park in the heart of our city to worship and glorify God together. I bet Kurt and I weren't the only ones snapping selfies with the crowd.
Downtown Valpo was glowing on the morning of Sunday, June 19. Calvary Church had its annual Father’s Day service in Central Park Plaza. Over 1,500 community and church members picnicked in the park in celebration of worship.