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.
are some curious results of the pandemic.
1. There is much less traffic on the roads. Evidently the diminished travel has caused
noticeable reduction in the smog levels.
2. Animals are working their way back into areas
that had been crowded with human beings.
3. Families and friends are discovering new ways of
interacting with one another. Our family is using “Zoom” and “Trickster Cards”
(both copyrighted) to get in contact with one another, see each other on our
screens, and play games.
4. Eating out has ceased to be possible, so we’re
eating at home and doing much more in-home cooking than usual.
5. Drive-up grocery pick-up! Shopping on-line, then going to a drive-up
lane at the grocery stores to pick up our groceries.
many other adjustments we’ve made, from wearing masks to increasing the
distance we stand from one another. We have adapted!
think many of these changes will carry over after this pandemic is over and we
are able to be vaccinated against Covid-19?
it will be as after other traumatic events in our history, we will slip back
into past behaviors, in part. But in other areas, we will change our behaviors. For instance, in our household we are
regularly surprised and irritated that items we bring home like pills or some
food items; that they are double, and triple wrapped. Those precautions resulted from threats that
was real or imagined from even decades in the past.
adapt. We change. But we move forward.
earliest Christians were mostly Jewish. They were Jewish in their heritage,
their worship patterns, and their personal values. The scripture passages about
the resurrection of Jesus are enlightening in more ways than one. But notice
Mark 16:1-2: “After the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of
James, and Salome brought spices to go and anoint the body of Jesus. Very early
on Sunday morning, at sunrise, they went to the tomb” (TEV).
earliest Christians shifted their behavior, because of that traumatic and amazing
event of the resurrection of Jesus from death. From being Sabbath worshippers,
they shifted to first-day-of-the-week worshippers. All because that is the day
Jesus rose from the grave.
tells of the early history of the Church, and reports in Acts 1:14 that the
followers of Jesus met frequently for prayer.
Many of them kept going to the Temple for Sabbath worship, but soon, it
appears, the first day of the week took precedence as the day of Christian
worship. 1 Corinthians 16:2: “On the first day of the week, each
of you is to put aside and save whatever extra you earn . . .” (NRSV). Acts
20:7 reports, “On the first day of the week, when we
met to break bread . . .” (NRSV).
My point is that
after this pandemic is resolved and runs its course, we will continue, and we
will adapt. Christ’s Church has made it through wars, depressions, emergencies,
plagues, cultural revolutions . . . everything!
And the Church of Jesus has come through, often stronger! Maybe not always the same, but Christ’s Church
has moved forward with the Mission intact, to tell people about the Good News
It will be the
same here. We’ll get through. We’ll keep praying and stay faithful and continue
to trust in the love of God.
See you Sunday!
Capitol Hill Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
* 3322 E. 25th Street * Des Moines, IA 50317