Category: Faith

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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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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Update from the Suggetts: Comfort-able

Dot & Colin Suggett are Bethany-supported missionaries who work with Wycliffe Bible Translators. Their work with the Turka people of Burkina Faso has come to an end as of April 1, 2019 and they have begun their new roles within Wycliffe. Colin will be joining *SIL’s Language Technology group as their lead tester for Bloom ―…

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Become Like Children

I think that our world is concerned with “bigness.” As in, we want to become bigger and better at everything. We want to matter, and we want to seem important. We so often position ourselves to be seen as successful, winning and thriving. It’s in office conversations, and all over Instagram. But, this path is…

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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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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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Armchair Musing: Spiritual Disciplines – A Foreign Land

A few weeks ago, I went to California for my cousin’s wedding. Becky (my wife) & I were staying in an Airbnb, which meant we had to find a grocery store, and other amenities we would utilize while we were there (most importantly, coffee shops!). As you would imagine, the first day or so we…

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People to Be Loved, or Things to Be Used

“We must rapidly begin the shift from a thing-oriented society to a person-oriented society. When machines and computers, profit motives, and property rights are considered more important than people, the giant triplets of racism, materialism, and militarism are incapable of being conquered.” – Martin Luther King Jr. Today, I want to write about how we…

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