What do David, the second king of Israel who defeated Goliath, and a robot named EP320 have in common? The Holy Spirit. This Sunday is PMUAB Sunday and the start of Dr. Jeff Leonard's Exodus class. Don't forget about Second Sunday Lunch and Second Sunday Supper.

Do you have a favorite thing you do at church? Something that makes you pretty sure you are doing God's work? Mine is Bible Times Marketplace (BTMP).

Youth Sunday is one of my favorite Sundays of the year. There is a different spirit in the air among those who gather to worship. Certainly it is the same Spirit that is present in all of our worship, but when Youth take over the service, there is a different energy in the room.

Even in darkness, God’s light continues to shine. A temporary power outage during our 9:30 am Easter Sunday worship reminded us of that. The organ, lights and microphones may have gone out. But out of the darkness, the IPC Choir continued to lead us through a beautiful a cappella rendition of “Jesus Christ is Risen Today” and worship continued.

This Season of Lent and this journey of sacrifice, prayer and reflection that we embarked on nearly 30 days ago is coming to a close. 

Before coming to IPC, I had directed music for operas, musicals, and dinner theatres in Mississippi. I know the enormous amount of work it takes to undertake a production like this. It has taken 20 years, but we are now ready to present this production in our sanctuary in collaboration with the UAB Opera Department on April 11 and 13.

Every journey begins with one step. For Jesus, it was a step into the desert for 40 days and 40 nights. It was a journey filled with sacrifice, prayer and reflection. We honor it by embarking on our own journeys each Lent.

What’s in a name? A large white board with those words greeted worshippers to the 5 pm service in Highland Hall last spring. Rev. David Seamon led a preaching series about names in the Bible and asked people to consider what it meant to be part of the evening worshipping community.

During Lent, we often give up something or take on a positive habit. That’s a good place to begin. Start with small habits of giving.

When I received the call to IPC four years ago, I made a promise to serve as senior pastor here for five years. In keeping that promise, I informed the Session last Tuesday night that my final day at IPC will be August 31, 2020.