Blessed Are You

Jesus is Lord All throughout the Gospels there is a constant question always lurking beneath the surface (or sometimes it is the main event of the stories or words being spoken). The question is, “Who is Jesus?” This question not only is at play in the Gospels, ever since Jesus has lived, someone, somewhere has … Read more

Come and See

John 1 – An Invitation This week, I am writing from a kid’s camp in East Texas where approximately 100 kids have come to have a week of fun, excitement, safety, a sense of family, and, whether they know it or not, to be shown the love of God. At camp, we certainly have as … Read more

Reflections on Mark 5

Jesus Heals Us All Today I have been reflecting on Mark 5 and the stories of Jesus healing a demoniac, a woman with a bleeding condition, and raising a young girl from the dead. Just a normal Tuesday for Jesus.  If you have not read from Mark’s Gospel in a while, take a moment to … Read more

What If?

What If Hope Stops Working? Have you ever asked yourself this question? Do you ever wonder when Hope stops being enough? I am naturally pessimistic at heart. But at the same time, I have a tremendous Hope in the story of Jesus. It is both a personal Hope as well as a communal Hope–even (and … Read more

A New Hope

Hoping Anew First things first, this is not a blog about Star Wars. If you are looking for a blog about Star Wars, this one would be about 40 years too late. This is a blog about Hope. Over the course of the summer months at Skillman, we try to focus our teachings on topics … Read more

The Hope of Care

The Hope of Care There is a moment in the Gospels that I have always been amazed about (really, there is more than just one, but this post is just about the one). It amazes me because it shows utter selfless care and love. It comes in the midst of the crucifixion, when Jesus is … Read more

The Danger of Joy

The Danger of Joy Danger. This word and especially the feeling associated with the word bring fear and anxiety to us.  Joy. This word and especially the feeling associated with the word bring happiness and hope to us. So, what could these words have to do with each other? Is Joy dangerous? Or is there … Read more

Hope and Joy

Hope and Joy This past Sunday, John Mark began a new sermon series exploring the topic of Joy from the book of Philippians. Now, some may ask, “Why the topic of Joy when we are supposed to be thinking about Hope according to our yearly rhythms and seasons?” The simplest reason is provided by Paul … Read more

Casting Out Fear

Psalm 46 This week, we take an opportunity to listen to the words of the Psalmist. I encourage you to reread this Psalm aloud, slowly reciting the words and concentrating on the heart of the message.  When you read this Psalm, you cannot help but to be overwhelmed by the confidence in God displayed in … Read more


The Story of Job The story of Job has fascinated students of the Bible for a very long time. In fact, many people think that the book of Job may have been one of the very first books from the Old Testament actually written down and not just told as an oral story. But regardless … Read more