Category: Church

Weekend Review: An Invitation to Something More

This past weekend, we explored the reality that it is sometimes hard to invite and introduce people to Jesus. To help with this, we are launching and focusing in on Alpha this coming Fall. To start, we watched the first Alpha video together in the weekend services, and then challenged every follower of Jesus to…

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Our Stories Have Power

If you think about it, the Bible is a book of stories. That’s really what it is. And, I’m not saying that to diminish the inspiration or power of the Bible, but to actually raise the power of stories in our lives. The Old Testament is full of the stories of Jewish people and their…

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What Unsettles You?

Here is my challenge as a pastor: I am called, in many ways, to create spaces in which people might feel unsettled. And, this is a weird calling. Because, truthfully, I don’t like being unsettled. I don’t like being provoked. I don’t like be convicted or confronted. But, what I also know is that this…

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WEEKEND REVIEW: Money

This past weekend, we opened up a difficult conversation around money, finances, wealth, profits, economics, and capitalism. And, since we are in a series looking at nuance (Grey Area), we began by realizing both the subtle power of money, as well as the good of money. Money can do really great things, but it can…

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GREY AREA: Money

This weekend, we are wrapping up our series, Grey Area, by looking at one more conversation. And, this one is about money. Now, I think this an important conversation, because in many ways, both explicitly and subtly, money runs or influences our world. And, this is something we often don’t openly talk about. About how…

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WEEKEND REVIEW: Politics

This past weekend, we opened up a really potentially difficult conversation on the topic of politics. And, we began by exploring how Jesus really was, and is political. That because we didn’t live in the context of His world, we can often miss the political statements and overtones that are made all around Him. We…

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GREY AREA: Politics

This weekend, we are continuing in our series, Grey Area, looking at conversations that are difficult, and seeking to have more compassion and complexity in them. I think this is really important in a world that is becoming more and more tribal. We need to push past easy answers, and toward listening to one another. And, I…

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WEEKEND REVIEW: Sex

This past weekend, we explored the topic of and conversation around sex. To do that we explored three points… 1. The Purpose of Sex To begin, we looked at Genesis 2 and why God created sex. We explored how Adam was in need of a deep relational connection. How he was alone and lonely. So,…

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GREY AREA: Sex

This weekend, we are opening up a really important topic. We are going to be talking about sex. And, as a church, I think it really matters that we talk about this in as open, honest, and vulnerable way possible. Because, the truth is, everyone else talks about it, so we probably should as well….

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Weekend Review: Nuance

This past weekend, we opened up our series called Grey Area by recognizing that our world is becoming more fractured. We live in a tribal world in which we are quick to think “us vs. them.” We live in a polarized world in which we are quick to divide rather than to listen. But, I…

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