Located in South Tampa and witnessing to the love of God for over 90 years. Committed to a neighborhood presence, worldwide outreach and a deep heritage of Christian faith.

Posts from February 2016

Listening to Jesus

Father God, we thank you for a love so powerful that you sent your Son that we might have a light to show us a way out of the darkness of the prisons we create for ourselves. We thank you that you have not left us alone in cells of confusion and the hopelessness that…

Pause for Prayer

So many things keep me from prayer, Lord… So many things, large and small, pull me in a dozen different directions and slowly, surely, my time for prayer slips to the bottom of my list of things to do and then I’m too tired or I forget to find a quiet place, a quiet time…

What does it mean to live an abundant life?

“I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.”- Jesus Jesus tells a parable to a group of shepherds and disciples in which he makes a big statement. To paraphrase Jesus, one of the central reasons why he came was to give us…life. Real life. Abundant life. What does this abundance look like?…

Lent Is A Journey

February sees us entering the liturgical season of Lent. You may have started the month celebrating with parades, pirates and the Superbowl, but before the week is over the church will try to focus your thoughts on spiritual discovery and discipline. Lent is the period of about 6 weeks that comes before Easter, and it…

Ash Wednesday Tampa

Why Ashes?

During last year’s noon Ash Wednesday service a four-old came to worship with her grandmother. When it came to the portion of the service where people began to come forward for the imposition of ashes and to hear the words, “Remember you are dust and to dust you shall return” I began to hear another…

My Toolbox for Biblical Interpretation

As a pastor, one of my main goals is to get people to read the Bible. I LOVE the Bible, and I think God wants to teach us through this text. However, I also realize that there are a lot of challenges/stumblingblocks/obstacles to consistently reading the Bible. After all, the Bible was written in a different…