Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it. And God has appointed in the church... - 1 Corinthians 12:27-28a Teamwork makes the dream work! It's a simple, but accurate phrase. If I were Eugene Peterson working on The Message Bible, this might be the phrase I would use for 1 Corinthians 12. Packed within these six words are grand ideas and invitations to share time and talents, to work alongside God to fulfill a divine dream of a reconciled and whole creation. It's our ongoing invitation. God's team right here at FPCV has been working toward the dream in glorious fashion, and it is such a blessing to participate in the work! Recently, an amazing team of FPCV members worked

Another Step towards becoming a Pastor

This summer, I have had the privilege of performing a ministry program known as Clinical Pastoral Education ("CPE") at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, a suburb of Chicago. The program consists of 400 clinical hours and includes two group sessions per week with an educator and four other students. When I tell people what I do during the program, I say that I am essentially a chaplain intern at the hospital. In other words, I provide spiritual and other types of support care for patients and their families who are suffering or grieving the loss of somebody or something. As chaplain interns, we are also required to work eight, 8-hour on-call shifts on either Friday, Saturday or Sund

What's Outside Your Comfort Zone?

Since my last blog, I had been thinking about the issue I brought up. A funny thing happened; when I was flipping through my personal email inbox, I came across an article within our Presbytery's newsletter. This was an article which interviewed the author Haydn Shaw. Haydn Shaw recently wrote the book Generational IQ: Christianity Isn't Dying, Millennials Aren't the Problem, and the Future is Bright. According to the interview, it touches on the challenges of the changing demographics within the church. More precisely, it discusses how to appeal and to draw Millennials to the church. I have to admit, I have not read this book yet, it's in my cart in Amazon. But, the interview rea

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