Posts by Pastor Erwin

He Emptied Himself

You’ve seen it a hundred times on TV cop shows; the suspect is being arrested, and the officer says, “You have the right to remain silent … you have the right to an attorney.”  As human beings, we have many more rights than just our Miranda Rights.  If you had to make a list, what…

We Shall Overcome

(NOTE: During Lent our adult “Discovery Hour” class was based on the book Were You There: Lenten Reflections on the Spirituals, by Luke A. Powery which was made up of short but powerful devotions based on 40 different African American Spirituals. This post builds on the reflection on one of the best known Spirituals, “We…

He Knows Us

Most of us don’t want to admit it, but I’ll bet you can remember a time you felt embarrassed or ashamed, right? Maybe it was something as innocent as getting caught sleeping on the job or in class. Or that time you finally worked up the nerve to ask someone out on a date and…

The Means of Grace

“The means of grace” is a beautifully compact phrase that’s a little bit like Hermione Granger’s magical handbag from the last of the Harry Potter series – on the outside, it’s about the size of her fist, but on the inside it’s large enough for dozens of vital items, including a tent large enough for…

Watch What You Say

Watch What You Say Back when I was in college, a guy named “Moose” picked me up and threw me in a dumpster behind our fraternity house. I don’t hold it against him. I deserved it. I’d just spent the past 45 minutes following him around the house, intentionally irritating him by telling him a…