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Me?! A Home Church Leader?!

The term “leader” can inspire a variety of mental images for us, can’t it? For some of us, it’s an intimidating concept and makes us think of all the ways we’re actually unqualified to lead much of anything. For others, the idea of leading gets us excited as we picture making a difference and breaking…

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7 Deadly Sins: Lust

This weekend, we’re diving into a topic that is often forgotten or ignored – the deadly sin of lust. And, this is a topic that matters for all of us, because it is such a part of the world/culture around us. So, please join with us as we look at how Jesus wants to address…

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Why Home Church

If you’ve ever been to Bethany for the start of a weekend service you’ve no doubt heard us say something like “we believe it’s impossible to follow Jesus well and remain strangers.” And this isn’t just something we think sounds good but a reality we feel Jesus has taught and modelled for us. It doesn’t…

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Join, Host or Lead a Home Church This Spring!

As a church, Bethany places a really high value on being a disciple of Jesus. If you’re not familiar with that term, it just means that we are learners and followers of Jesus, letting His teaching and His Spirit move and transform us to become more full of grace, truth and love in any and…

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Weekend Review: Gluttony

This past weekend, we looked at the sensitive topic of gluttony, and we started in an odd place, with a discussion of math, statistics, and “The Inverted-U Curve.” Here’s how Malcolm Gladwell explains it… “Inverted-U curves have three parts, and each part follows a different logic. There’s the left side, where doing more or having…

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7 Deadly Sins: Gluttony

On this coming weekend, we are looking at one of the most “personal” of the 7 Deadly Sins – the sin of gluttony. This is a hard one to actually discuss, because it’s so tied to us personally. But, I think it’s important to talk about because I believe gluttony affects us all. That’s right,…

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Challenges in Global Literacy

For minority language communities of the world, the formidable hurdles one has to jump over to produce and publish books have meant very few communities have achieved successful, thriving, and sustainable literacy programs. Books are expensive to produce and publish, and desktop-publishing software is cost-prohibitive for the world’s majority, and very complex to learn. These are just a few…

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The Source of Evil

“Sin is…the kind of purity that wants the world cleansed of the other rather than the heart cleansed [of sin].” – Miroslav Volf I’ve been thinking and noticing just how divided, polarized and violence-prone our world is. Obviously, this isn’t something new, but it just seems to be increasingly coming to the forefront. Hate seems…

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7 Deadly Sins: Greed

We’re at the halfway point in our 7 Deadly Sins series and this weekend we’re looking at the reality of greed. My hope is that in talking honestly about it, we can become more aware of where greed lurks in our lives and how we can be freed from its grip. Because this one sin…

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Lent: Anticipating the Resurrection

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.”  1 Peter 1:3 Grinning, Brahima held aloft his phone, and said, “Hearing this completely satisfies my heart.” Brahima had just installed…

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