For unto us is a need for nursery workers

Cartoon of a pastor at a podium. He says, "For unto us a child is born. So we need nursery workers."Christmas time is here. And with it comes a need for more nursery workers. I salute all the volunteers who bravely serve during the Christmas Eve services. And since Christmas falls on a Sunday this year, there will be dedicated volunteers that answer the call while others are in the sanctuary, drinking piping hot coffee with mint-flavored creamer. 

One day when I read Isaiah 9:6, this idea came to mind. With more children comes more of a need for nursery workers. That’s how your mind works when you are the spouse of a children’s pastor. 

Have a merry Christmas!

I drew this for the December 2016 CHOG News E-newsletter.

Churches, Agriculture and Social Media

Since I’ve moved back to the Midwest, I’ve noticed some common themes. When I’ve talked to pastors and church members, they see a need to effectively use social media. True, print is still the dominant theme. Yet, the also see more and more people consuming social media. They see the Millennials almost exclusively on their phone and not bothering to pick up a church bulletin. Continue reading “Churches, Agriculture and Social Media”

No Presidential Debate Here

Cartoon of a fearful boy and a man in front of a podium. The man says, "Don't worry. There's no presidential debate here. It's just the pastor's pulpit.

I’m wondering if kids who are hearing US election news may start to build up a little anxiety. People on both sides are shrill. the rhetoric has never been more emotionally charged. Manners have been trashed. It’s just a mess.

I thought of this cartoon when I thought of the reassuring words I have heard from pulpits. This month, my pastor is doing a sermon series based on the subject, “Brave.” I am just glad there are still places where you can find words of hope and encouragement.

I drew this cartoon for the October 2016, Church of God Newsletter.

The great church seating controversy

cartoon of a big man talking to an intimidated, seated man. He says, "Welcome to First Church. Now get out of my seat!"

It has always fascinated me how good people can get caught up in petty things like saving their seat at church. In extreme cases, it can even lead to violence like this example.

At one of the churches I attended, there was a legend about an elderly lady that would hiss at people if they were in her seat. One Sunday, a friend’s family was about to sit nearby. The dear old sister looked up, then commented, “It’s okay if you sit there. It’s Brother So and So’s seat, but he passed away this week.”

It runs contradictory to what Jesus himself taught:

“But when you are invited, take the lowest place, so that when your host comes, he will say to you, ‘Friend, move up to a better place.’ Then you will be honored in the presence of all the other guests.” Luke 14:10 NIV

So you can have my seat. But I can’t guarantee a dear old sister won’t hiss at you.

I created this cartoon for the September 2016 CHOGNews.

Sermon notes | Road Trip: Acts 15:1-21

Today’s road trip took is through Acts 15. Too often, we make new people conform to our standards when we didn’t begin at the same advance stage.

This made me think of how hard it is for a highly talented, successful athlete to become a coach. When you have performed at such a high level, it is difficult to relate to athletes that haven’t been there yet. 

Paul was a great teacher. He helped others get to a higher level, but didn’t make them start there. A good teacher and coach knows where his students are, adjusts to that level, then patiently takes them to a higher level of performance.