Posts by David Barry

Posts by David Barry

From Your Pastor, June 1

“You keep using that word… I don’t think it means what you think it means.” That’s what Inigo Montoya told Vizzini in The Princess Bride (another great movie).  I’ve had the same thought a time or two––not when people say “inconceivable” (which is, thankfully, not that often) but when they use the words “Christian” or “repent.” I mentioned in my previous devotion that one…

From Your Pastor, May 26

The Incredibles is a great movie. It’s a good family movie because the kids will enjoy it while adults will appreciate some of its bigger ideas. The film’s villain hates “the supers” and he wants them gone. But, instead of attacking them outright, he finds a way to make everybody super. So that, “when everyone’s super, no one will be.” As childish as it seems in The…

From Your Pastor, May 20

What exactly is the soul? Is it something that we possess or something that we are? When I was a kid, I used to be afraid that the soul was something I could lose. I imagined walking around and living my life but with an important, spiritual component somehow missing. But, that’s not what the Bible teaches at all. The soul isn’t an object. The New Testament Greek word for…

From Your Pastor, May 15

I started reading Nehemiah not long ago and the opening scene struck me. As the book opens, Nehemiah is the cupbearer to the king of Babylon and his life is pretty comfortable. But, some visitors come from Judah and he asks how things are going with his people only to hear a bad report: “The remnant there in the province who had survived the exile is in great trouble and…

From Your Pastor, March 11

Life is a lot more vivid as you live it as opposed to just imagining it. Case in point, I knew having a baby would change my life quite a bit, but now I’m seeing just how many things are different (like what a “good” night’s sleep is). One difference is that I now have a lot more responsibility. Beneath every “ought” of Scripture there is an “is.” But, in meeting…

From Your Pastor, May 6

I love pictures of Jesus in the Old Testament. It’s just so refreshing to see pictures of the gospel and to remember that every bit of the Bible is, ultimately, about him.  Lately, I’ve been reading through Exodus. For the last couple of days, God’s people haven’t been looking so good. God has just saved them from slavery, delivered them in the Red Sea, and saved them…

From Your Pastor, May 1

Most guys have a hobby. It’s something to do. But, it’s also something to think about doing. For some it’s hunting, so they think about hunting. For some it’s golf, so they think about golfing. For me, it’s sailing. I watch videos about sailing vacations. I look at used boats online. I read about the pros and cons of different types. I think about sailing… a lot.…

From Your Pastor, April 27

In a 1736 journal entry, John Wesley tells a story about an encounter with some Moravian, German Christians during a voyage to America before he became a believer. The Moravians were just beginning a worship service on the ship when a storm struck: In the midst of the psalm wherewith their service began, the sea broke over, split the main-sail in pieces, covered the ship,…

From Your Pastor, April 22

How are our choices shaping us?   As unpleasant as it has been, there is a silver lining to this pandemic… it has given us a much needed breather. We are on a forced pause from many regular activities such that we can evaluate them from a bit more distance. Are all of those activities good? Are they leading us to be better parents, children, citizens….…
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