Pastor’s Pen

 
A blog from Bonhomme 
 

Let them See Christ

Let Them See Christ in Your Life

Let them see Christ in your life. “Father help us to set the example for our family. Give us your patience,  guidance,  and ability to see Your hand. Amen!”


The Refiner’s Fire

The Refiner’s Fire

The Refiner’s Fire

I’m here to get honest with you. In this whole season with the virus and the disruption and the changes and the loss and the unprecedented circumstances that we find ourselves in, I’ve been pretty dizzied by all of this this. I’ve been back on my heels not really knowing how to respond. I don’t have muscle memory. Probably like all of this; this is unprecedented and I’ve struggled with how to respond well in my job. I’ve struggled how to respond well as a father, and as a husband and a son. I’ve struggled with how to faithfully respond in the moment as a disciple of Jesus. Early on… I’ve been struggling. 


Mission Partners in Need

Update on our Mission Partners and Ways to Help

 

The Mission Ministry will continue to send the regular monthly disbursements to our mission partners during the current pandemic.  Liaisons for each mission partner have conveyed this information to their respective directors.


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ChurchwithoutWalls

Church without Walls

 

I am sitting in church on a Sunday and it’s completely empty. To experience the church like this on a Sunday morning, there are two things I’m thinking about. One is it just feels wrong. There is a sense of grief and loss and lament. But the other thing I’m thinking of as I see this empty place is I’m reminded that this is a beautiful sanctuary, but it’s not the church. “Where two or three are gathered in my name, there I am.” What happens when we cannot congregate on Sundays? 


The Foundation

The Foundation

Psalm 62

In your vulnerability, rely on God’s stability

There are times when life reminds us we aren’t as bulletproof as we think. Some weeks ago, I sneezed and something in my back protested.  I found myself on my knees in excruciating pain. The Nobel Prize-winning poet Czeslaw Milosz once wrote a three-sentence poem, “Learning”: To believe you are magnificent. And gradually to discover that you are not magnificent. Enough labor for one lifetime.


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Finding the Ruach of God

Finding the Ruach of God

 
I am grateful for the handful of days of sun and warm weather this last week. It has been a welcome grace in a disorienting time. A week ago, as collective noise about this virus was increasing, we had a similar breakthrough in weather. I was standing outside with my twins, watching them happily stomp their way through neatly trimmed shrubbery, breaking branches, and undoing the diligent work of some landscaper, not to mention mother nature.

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