Happy new year! What? It’s not January? I know, but the season of Advent is the start of the Christian calendar. We begin the year listening to God’s promises revealed through Jesus: the promise of a new heaven and new earth, promises of rebirth, promises of a new hope for all humanity.
Unfortunately, some people like Tim LeHaye and Jerry Jenkins and their now famous Left Behind series, that takes some serious poetic license [...]
I just wrapped up a series of testimonies during worship from some members of the church I serve around why church matters to them. Each shared their faith journey and how they landed here and where they are in their walk with God. Each was then asked to sum it all up: Why does church matter? The responses varied, but a common thread was heard: church matters because it is where we are [...]
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An image as I was walking back to the office from ASU. I looked up, and there in the trees the warm, spring-like sun was shining through the budding trees, and I was reminded: even in the most challenging moments, God’s light shines through and reveals life anew. Just a thought for today.
To those who would say that the Church is an antiquated and dying institution that continues to cling to the myth of an all powerful God:
Mission trips, Sunday nights, summer beach campouts, and food fights in the fellowship hall were all part of my church experience. We got into our fair share of trouble. But our youth group was the place where I could be myself and discover myself at the same time. It [...]
I did an experiment this past Sunday. I shared in the sermon the idea of seizing each moment by trying to be intentional about paying to what God might be doing in that moment. It’s a delicate balance of seeing the past, learning from it, but not getting stuck in it, and looking to the future, have dreams, but not get consumed or overwhelmed by them.
I asked the ushers to pass out quarter [...]