Our marriage stories are supposed to be a mirror image of the story that God is trying to tell. That’s why healthy relationships and marriages are so important. That’s why we believe that marriage, as it is understood in the Scriptures, is important. It is a metaphor for something more magnificent than us.Read More →
Put down your picket signs, your white-colored, black-colored, middle eastern-colored glasses….
Put down your raised fists, your guns, your rights to yourself, your pre-conceived ideas of what other people are or are not…
Put down your hatred, your lack of vision, your selfish ways…
Pick up a cross…Read More →
“We taught Christians to see themselves as the church in our city, instead of seeing church as only an event they attend on Sunday. They learned how to see all of life as sacred and every action as part of God’s missionary work in the world. They began to see that he was in them, working through them in the normal stuff of life.” Jeff Vanderstelt From A Consuming People to A Missional People? In our journey of learning how to be missionaries to our own city… I want to take a step back today before I share with you the next series of videosRead More →
I refuse to bow to the prevailing ideology that has pervaded the church that the times we are entering into are the worst times. Perhaps it is true that the darkness is looming, the clouds are starting to cover the spiritual realm here in our free America. But I believe with the darkness, comes hope that the light of Christ will overcome and that he will do it through us…His church.Read More →
“We are advocating a wholesale change in the way Christians do and be the church and because of this ours is not necessarily a popular message. We’ve become disturbingly aware through personal experience and observation that those who advocate such a thoroughgoing recalibration of the church will not always be met with open arms by the prevailing church leadership. And yet we feel compelled to lovingly challenge the church with the task of dismantling so many of the arcane institutional structures it is now beholden to and to bravely face the future with imagination and courage.” Alan Hirsch & Michael Frost Paradigm Shift: What followsRead More →
When I became a Christian I said, Lord, now fill me in,Tell me what I’ll suffer in this world of shame and sin. He said, your body may be killed, and left to rot and stink, Do you still want to follow me? I said Amen – I think. I think Amen, Amen I think, I think I say Amen, I’m not completely sure, can you just run through that again? You say my body may be killed and left to rot and stink, Well, yes, that sounds terrific, Lord, I say Amen – I think. But, Lord, there must be other ways to followRead More →
A great deception has occurred. A lie has been told. We have believed it. That there is no story to belong to. That there is no Creator to trust. That there is no spirit in the being of humanity. That you have nothing to look forward to in eternity. That life isn’t available until you die. That heaven is only singing and preaching. That what you see when you go to church is the only way in which God reveals himself. That there is nothing more to this life than this life. That God isn’t real, that faith is hopeless, that we are theRead More →
When I’m right… I’m really wrong.
Because I allow my own self-righteousness and self-preservation to kick in and I see only…me.Read More →
“There are no shortcuts in growing up. The path to maturity is long and arduous. Hurry is no virtue. There is no secret formula squirreled away that will make it easier or quicker. But stories help.” ― Eugene H. Peterson, Practice Resurrection Resurrection Sunday. We call it Easter. (Ironically, Easter is a name taken from a Saxon pagan goddess of Spring) Whatever you want to call it…Resurrection is the point. New Life. New Hope. New Chapter. But so much more. We are born dead. Oh yes, we are screaming for our mommies when we exit the womb… but as we become aware of the deathRead More →
“He descended into Hell…”
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