Capitol Hill Christian
Church (Disciples of Christ)
earned his Degree from
The University of Dubuque
|About Rev. Tim Johnson . . . |
A Nebraskan by birth (1950), having grown up in Colorado until senior year,
then graduating from Norwalk, Iowa in 1969; I have always been in homes active
with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). College years were interrupted
by military service, then graduation from The University of Dubuque Theological
Seminary in 1980.
A few years later, I reentered the U.S. military as an Army National Guard
chaplain. In 2004, with twenty years complete, I retired.
With our two sons, Christopher and Eric, my wife, Mary Kay and I lived in Troy
Mills, Mason City, and Adel as our sons grew up and I served Disciple
congregations. In the late 1990’s we moved to Michigan for Mary Kay’s education
at MSU while I served interim positions.
After serving a rural church in Illinois, we returned to Norwalk to be closer
to family and in 2015, I retired from the Christian Church in Perry. Since that
I have been serving Christian Churches as interim minister in Oskaloosa, Des
Moines (Wakonda), and Mitchellville.
Hobbies include reading, music for my own enjoyment, our Golden Retriever,
Dory, an old sports car, and visiting family.
Disciples of Christ History The
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) was founded
in the early 1800s in the United States. Seeking
to move beyond denominational disagreements, the
founders envisioned a united
church of Jesus Christ modeled on the New Testament.
Disciple congregations today share these
* Each congregation is self-governing
and calls its own pastor.
* Worship services may be formal or
informal, and include lay women and men in
* Open discussion of issues is encouraged.
Diversity of opinion is common.
* We are growing in racial and ethnic
affirm that Jesus Christ is the son of the Living
God, and offers saving grace to all. Disciples
also believe that all persons are children of God.
Disciples practices and beliefs include:
Open Communion - The Lord's
Supper, or Communion, is celebrated in
weekly worship. It is open to all who believe in
Freedom of Belief - Disciples are
called together around one essential of faith:
belief in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Persons
are free to follow their consciences guided by the
Bible, the Holy Spirit, study and prayer, and are
expected to extend that freedom to others.
Baptism by Immersion - In baptism the
old self-centered life is set aside, and a new
life of trust
in God begins. Although Disciples
practice baptism by immersion, other baptism
traditions are honored.
Belief in the Oneness of the Church -
All Christians are called to be one in Christ and
to seek opportunities for common witness and
The Ministry of Believers - Both
ministers and lay persons lead in worship,
service, and spiritual growth.
The symbol of the Christian Church (Disciples of
Christ) is a red chalice, emblazoned with a white
St. Andrew's cross. The chalice symbolizes the
central place of communion in worship. The
X-shaped cross of the disciple Andrew is a
reminder of the ministry of each person and the
importance of evangelism.
“What Are We Looking
Jesus said, “Ask, and you will receive; seek, and you will find; knock, and the door
will be opened to you” (Matthew 7:
We use Jesus’ words as explanation about
why we ought to be searching for God’s love and guidance in our lives. But I
wonder, what most of us are looking for in this age.
We’re not utilizing our time, talents, and
work-lives just to earn a paycheck or taking care of our families, are we? I
get the sense that Jesus is urging us along other paths rather than simply
doing what we have to do to take care of our personal business.
Instead, it seems that our Lord and Savior
want us to have something of a quest in our lives, or a search. But what ought we be searching for? What is
it we’re to be looking for?
In John’s Gospel, chapter 6, verses 22–24,
the crowd that was with Jesus noticed that Jesus was no longer with them. So,
they thought it out and figured that Jesus must have taken a boat across the
lake. “When the
crowd saw that Jesus was not there, nor his disciples, they got into those
boats and went to Capernaum, looking for Jesus.”
We know what they were looking for. They
were greatly impressed by the words they heard from Jesus and the power they
witnessed Jesus utilize.
You and me – what are we looking for? Do
we want something more from Jesus than what we have received? Is there some wisdom or guidance that we wish
for from our faith? Are we just expecting some future benefit from our
Christian faith? Do we find that our lives are somehow better if we are
actively in a relationship with God?
Jesus’ words in Matthew 7 hint at
discontentment. Why would we ask for something more–why would we seek for
something more–why would we knock on metaphorical doors if we weren’t wanting
more, wanting different, wanting better?
It’s been easy to be active Christians in
our wonderful nation in this blessed time. The demands place upon us are not
heavy burdens. Yet the contentment has seemed to leach away the energy and the
drive to grow within our churches. We seem lacking fire and determination and a
What are you looking for?
If we’re looking for nothing, then we’ll
undoubtedly be successful. If we want an extension of what we’ve had, then
we’ve got it. If we want more . . . WHEN we want more . . . then we might be
ready to truly ask, seek, and knock.
See you Sunday!
Capitol Hill Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
* 3322 E. 25th Street * Des Moines, IA 50317