Posts by Kurt Jones

Jar-Jar!?! Really?

Strengths Finder, Enneagram, DISC… all of these are tests designed to help understand yourself better. One of the most popular is the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI). Their website claims that over 153 million people have taken their test. (https://www.16personalities.com) You can take a short online test that will ask you a variety of questions and…

Global Outreach Conference

Hello friends!I can’t tell you how excited I am to have Tom Randall as our speaker for Global Outreach Conference 2018, both Sunday morning services and in the evening.  Our theme is “Epic: Joining God’s Heroic Narrative”. Tom’s life has definitely been an “epic” – from growing up in the mean streets of Detroit, to college basketball phenom, to missionary in the…

Have you misplaced something?

Two weeks ago I mentioned my propensity for misplacing items like my car keys, glasses, wallet, and phone. Sad but true, I do tend to leave these important items lying about in random places and then cannot find them afterwards. My excuse is that I can’t be bothered with trivia when my brain is working…

Taking out the trash

Several years ago, I listened to a conference speaker wax eloquent about the excitement of life as an “epic” adventure. In colorful language he described the thrill of storming castles, rescuing damsels in distress, and slaying dragons. It was amazing. After he finished, the next speaker came up and good naturedly asked, “And who takes…

New Series: How it Works

“How It Works” is a British TV show and magazine that explains how things operate and how they are made, things like batteries, ham, sushi, and rubber gloves. Even though we use or consume these items on a regular basis, most of us have no idea how or why they do what they do. Except…

Do you love me?

  In 1962 a group called the Contours had a one hit wonder called “Do you love me?” It made Billboard magazine’s Top 40 that year and again in 1988. It has been covered by many artists, including the Beatles, Bruce Springsteen, the Blues Brothers, and even David Hasselhoff.  This question has been asked innumerable…

Loud and Proud!

Last Saturday we celebrated the life of Don Neely, long time member of Valley Church and a life-long singer. Don and Anita were both active members of the Valley Church choir as well as a German choir. I always loved having Don sit behind us in the congregation, because with him singing in my ear, I felt like I could…

Can you thank God for His wrath?

Dear friends, When you make a list of the things you are thankful to God for, what are the things that usually top the list? Most of us recognize life as a gift from God and so we’re grateful for breath in our lungs and hearts that keep beating. For those who follow Christ, we are overwhelmingly grateful for our salvation.…

Let Justice Roll

All over the news for the last two weeks we’ve seen pictures of distressed children at our southern border with Mexico. One particularly touching photo was of a crying little girl looking up at two adults… There isn’t a human being alive who doesn’t sense that there’s just something wrong about a child not being with her parents. The powerful…