Category: Life

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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Why Become a Stephen Minister?

“Empathy has no script. There is no right way or wrong way to do it. It’s simply listening, holding space, withholding judgment, emotionally connecting, and communicating that incredibly healing message of ‘you’re not alone’.” 
 ~Brene Brown Sounds easy enough….but it isn’t! As people who care about other people, there is a tendency to want to help…

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Developing Intimacy

Last weekend (June 8/9), we opened up a conversation around sex. And, I hoped to lay the groundwork for people to pursue further conversations around our Main Point: Sex is good, sex is connecting, and sex is about intimacy. One thing I didn’t dive deeply into is how to practically develop intimacy, especially in a marriage. I…

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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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Resentment

Today, I want to talk about something that so often stalks us, as Christians. It is something that hides in churches, and it is something that hides in our lives. It is something that actually kills and steals so much of life. It is resentment. Resentment is almost a “Christian sin.” And, I say the…

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Surprising Moments

Have you ever had a moment when you realize your kids are learning things, without you even realizing it? This happened this past Christmas. We had a busy day trying to get the kids out for school, catching buses and drop-offs. And, I had an early breakfast meeting, only to come home and realize everyone…

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