Stories by The Rev. John Kenney

Friday, Aug 7, 2015

Church could learn a lot from coffee shop

Coffee shops have become the new connection point for people in the community. They offer “communal” experiences. I believe today’s church could learn a lot from their local coffee shop. 
By The Rev. John Kenney

Friday, Sept. 5, 2014

John Kenney: Grace fills gap in broken relationship

When a relationship gap is created through hurt, betrayal or any kind of brokenness in the relationship - that gap is going to get filled with something.
By The Rev. John Kenney

Friday, July 19, 2013

God uses ordinary people

God takes what is ordinary and makes something extraordinary.
By The Rev. John Kenney

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Easter surprise alters lives, history

Eggs! Everywhere! It's Easter weekend and egg hunts are happening all over our community - in backyards, at churches and at parks. Kids (and adults, if we're honest) love to hunt for eggs.
By The Rev. John Kenney

Friday, Feb. 15, 2013

Church should function as a service station

What if the Church today adopted that same mentality as a service station? What if we saw our main responsibility as being a “service station,” where the world could be served?
By The Rev. John Kenney

Friday, Dec. 28, 2012

Make an Old Year Resolution

I hate them. New Year's Resolutions. You know, those annual "I'm going to live different this year" notions we all come up with. By mid-February they've been forgotten. How about Old Year’s ...
By The Rev. John Kenney

Friday, March 16, 2012

Storms of life are test of faith

Suffering. Like a thunderstorm that comes out of nowhere on a bright, sunshiny day, so suffering enters our lives.
By The Rev. John Kenney

Friday, Feb. 17, 2012

Let God's attention drive you into life

Though we're wired to be noticed, it's not until we look to God that anything else in life makes any sense.
By The Rev. John Kenney

Friday, Nov. 11, 2011

God didn't almost give us new life

We are an “almost” culture. There are a lot of “nearlys” in our everyday lives. And while some “almosts” aren’t all that important in the grand scheme of things, others are.
By The Rev. John Kenney

Friday, May 20, 2011

Dialogue reflects nature of creator

Theologically, as we consider God, we learn that He isn't interested in a one-way conversation. When reading the Biblical story, we discover a God who enters into conversation with His creation.
By The Rev. John Kenney

Friday, Dec. 17, 2010

Learn to be a good receiver

In the church, we often take time during the Christmas season to remind people that our focus should be more on giving than receiving. What if we have it backward?
By The Rev. John Kenney

Friday, Sept. 17, 2010

Boundaries can open up relationships

Walls. In the church we're constantly talking about tearing them down. I've preached it -- many times. While all of that it true, what if building walls could also be a positive practice? Even a ...
By The Rev. John Kenney

Friday, July 30, 2010

Beautiful feet reflect their wear

I don't like my feet. They're too big. One big toe looks like it was hit with a hammer. The bottoms of my feet are always cracked and peeling. I could go on ... but you get the picture.
By The Rev. John Kenney

Friday, March 19, 2010

Belize trip inspiring for pastor

I went to Belize thinking I had something to give, something they needed. But I learned an important spiritual lesson: They have what we need. I received more than I gave.
By The Rev. John Kenney

Saturday, Oct. 17, 2009

God fills every cup according to needs

I love coffee. A lot, so I spend a fair amount of time at local coffee shops. In the early days of visiting the coffee shop, I would simply go in, get a cup to go, and head right back out the door.
By The Rev. John Kenney

Saturday, Sept. 5, 2009

To truly know God, we need real relationships with others

I feel like I spend most of my life in electronic relationships. Twitter, Facebook, e-mail, texting, cell phones, (fill in the blank). Though we might debate whether electronic relationships are ...
By The Rev. John Kenney

Saturday, Aug 8, 2009

Jesus placed heaven near our daily life

Ask people what was the central message that Jesus taught and lived, and most would probably respond something like, "Jesus talked about coming to die for our sins so that we can go to heaven ...
By The Rev. John Kenney
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