CPC is Moving!

One thing I love about our church is that we get things done!  We recently began renovating a larger space in our center for our church.  I love to see the church build a church by physically building our church.  It takes everyone to see God move in our church like this!  We were able…

The Life Changing Device (Disney’s Circle)

A few weeks ago, this happened:  Man Dies Looking at Phone.  This, of course, makes us all shake our heads at how irresponsible and addicted some people are with their phones (not us of course).  I saw this story, shook my head, and moved on with my life.   Until I bought this device.  Disney’s…

How to rid your life of drama.

Proverbs 23:7 says, “as a man thinks (or calculates) in his heart, so he is.” This past week was a big day in the Halpin house because my oldest son was fitted with braces for his teeth.  Clayton is an impressive kid who succeeds at many things.  He is a great kid, who also has…

We are all hypocrites, or at least forgetful…

I read an article in the Economist that showed religious people are much more likely to be compassionate if they will simply ask one question:  “What would my god want me to do?”  It doesn’t matter the faith, that single question seemed to change many people’s response to how they would treat other people- specifically…

About the Critics

So many of us are controlled by critics, even if it is simply the possibility of being torn down by them. Here is a quick thought from Alexander Pope from his essay on criticism.  It is among my favorite poems. The Bookful Blockhead, ignorantly read, With Loads of Learned Lumber in his Head, With his…

Even Pastors Doubt (part 3 of 3)

Though there are 4 primary categories that lead me to doubt, there are hundreds of things that lead me to trust in God.  Here are four of them: A.  Order–  Everywhere I look I see order in the universe.  You may not be accustomed to seeing it, but it is there.  Why do the laws…

Even Pastors Doubt (part 2 of 3)

As I deal with my doubts, I’ve noticed several things.  Primarily, I’ve noticed that my doubts have nothing to do with the theological answers that I would have given others.  I doubt even when I have an explanation that is complete and rational.  This doesn’t trouble me at all. Here are four things that cause me…

Even Pastors Doubt (Part 1 of 3)

Doubt is a powerful enemy.  Even as a pastor who has a strong belief in God, I doubt.  I fully believe that God is intervening in His creation, yet there are times I doubt.  Perhaps it will be comforting for someone to know that even pastors have doubts and questions.   The longer I live,…

A Crazy Idea for a New Year Goal

I love the New Year and I love setting and pursuing goals.  Even my daily planner is focused on achieving long term goals. What if your goal became my goal?  As I spent this week considering my goals for 2016, a crazy thought came to me:  What if one of my major goals this year…