BlogCategory: M-Note

All The Details About Baptism Sunday // M-Note 8.9.2019

Dear Gathering, This weekend is going to be a fun and meaningful one at The Gathering. We are ending our series on the book of Acts with a Baptism (and remembering your baptism) Sunday. My hope is that every one of you will participate. I know there are some questions,... Read More

Posted on: August 9, 2019

Our Church and the Denomination // M-Note 8.16.2019

Dear Gathering, Over the last several months, The Gathering’s board has been discussing how the recent decisions of the larger denomination are impacting our church. Many of you are interested in this, and I wanted to give you an update. We clearly reject the restrictive and punitive teachings of the... Read More

Posted on: August 19, 2019

Friday Afternoon Math // M-Note 7.26.2019

Dear Gathering,  People often ask me how I went from studying theoretical math to being a pastor. The two seem pretty disconnected, far apart. I suppose that is true in a lot of ways. But at its core, math has a beauty, a philosophy, an aesthetic if you will. There... Read More

Posted on: July 26, 2019

What’s The Deal With Baptism? // M-Note 7.19.19

Dear Gathering, As the story was told to me, I was baptized in my grandmother’s house by a catholic priest when I was less than a year old. A staunch Roman Catholic, my grandmother, and by extension my father, wanted me to be baptized as soon as possible. The popular... Read More

Posted on: July 26, 2019

The Impact of Small Groups // M-Note 7.12.2019

Dear Gathering, For as long as I can remember, I have been part of a small group. The group has changed over the years, but small groups have always been a critical part of my growth as a follower of Jesus. As a teenager, I was in the youth group... Read More

Posted on: July 15, 2019

Mind The Gap // M-Note 6.6.2019

Gathering, Yesterday, I celebrated the 4th of July with my family in what has now become a tradition. We went to our community parade, hung out poolside with some friends, and then our kids went off to watch fireworks. In the lead up to the 4th of July, I heard... Read More

Posted on: July 9, 2019

Prepping for Storms // M-Note 6.29.2019

Dear Gathering, Friday afternoon I was with my family at a nearby lake. It was a pleasant, if not hot, afternoon and then suddenly, the skies opened up. We barely had time to get back to our car before the storm was raging around us with high winds and massive... Read More

Posted on: July 1, 2019

Disrupting Our Routines // M-Note 6.21.2019

Dear Gathering, I have been away from preaching for one month. Some of you noticed! It is actually the longest I have ever gone without preaching since I started The Gathering nearly 13 years ago. I return on Monday. My time away has been a mixture of work (Mozambique mission... Read More

Posted on: July 1, 2019

A Special Trip To Mozambique // M-Note 6.7.2019

Dear Gathering, Yesterday I returned home from a nearly two-week trip to Mozambique. I traveled with a group of students and adults from The Gathering as we visited villages in which we have recently completed safe water wells. I’ve been to Mozambique many times, but this trip was special. Let... Read More

Posted on: June 7, 2019

A Common GOAL // M-Note 6.14.2019

Dear Gathering, Even if you aren’t a regular hockey fan, chances are Wednesday night you were at least around a tv with Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Championship on. The St. Louis Blues accomplished something I have been waiting a lifetime for…and it was an incredible moment. Sports fan... Read More

Posted on: June 17, 2019