“Amazing Grace”

I have been waiting for a while to see the movie, Amazing Grace, which opened in theaters last Friday (2/23). We decided to watch it today on our day off. It was worth the wait! The movie, which tells the story of William Wilberforce’s campaign to end slavery in England, was very well done. Wilberforce, … Read more

“How Great is Our God” Concert Reflections

Earlier tonight, Joleen and I attended the “How Great is Our God” tour concert at the Bryce Jordan Center on the Penn State campus in State College, PA. Chris Tomlin and Matt Redman (worship leaders) and guest speaker, Louie Giglio, offered an amazing 3-hour worship experience! I enjoy Tomlin and Redman’s worship music, and Louie … Read more

Adoption Group Sessions Completed

The first leg of the journey completed! Last evening, we along with five other families, completed the four group sessions. They consisted of one all-day session and three evening sessions. Some of the topics we covered were the adoption process, positive adoption language, medical information, bonding and attachment, discipline, loss and grieving, and the search … Read more

Leadership in a “Fishers of People” Context

Recently, Rev. Dr. Tom Salsgiver, wrote an editorial for our conference publication called, “Keepers of the Aquarium or Fishers of People.” The article got my leadership juices flowing and I started thinking specifically about pastoral leadership in a “fishers of people” context. Pastoral Leadership In a “Fishers of People” ContextBy Randy Willis Tom Salsgiver recently … Read more

Navigating Life

Today, we concluded our series on “Navigating Life: Doing Life God’s Way!” We believe it was an important series; we certainly hope that it was helpful for the hrist followers in our congregations! We don’t always collaborate on our sermon series, but this series grew out of a conversation we had while traveling to Tennessee … Read more

Dissertation :: The journey begins!

We will occasionally post reports on the progress of our dissertation work. For this first report, we wish we had more progress to report than we do. It has been 5 weeks since our class, and while we always need a break after class, we had hoped to be a little further along than we … Read more

Jesus’ Ministry :: A Lenten Meditation

I recently wrote this piece for the Manor Hill Charge newsletter for Lent … Jesus’ Ministry Jesus ministered to the crowds and then he drew the Twelve aside to teach them more. He taught them who he was. He taught them about the kingdom. He took them deeper than he did the crowd. The Twelve … Read more