How and Why we surprised our congregation on Sunday – 1st Corinthians 11:17-34

We surprised our congregation during worship on Sunday!  It was great!  At the beginning, I set up the congregation for coffee break.  Once or twice each month, after worshiping God through singing, instead of having our open mic sharing time and prayer, we open the folding divider between our sanctuary and fellowship hall and askContinue reading “How and Why we surprised our congregation on Sunday – 1st Corinthians 11:17-34”

Garlic, $10 bill, Baha’i info – The Monday Messy Office Report – July 28, 2014

My Friday tidy office is mysterious messy on Monday.  Here’s what I found today: 1. Garlic – I found a plastic grocery store bag with a garlic in my office.  My wife mentioned that this was from friends at church.  They had a garden and were sharing!  Pretty awesome.  This time of year a lotContinue reading “Garlic, $10 bill, Baha’i info – The Monday Messy Office Report – July 28, 2014”

Have you ever thought communion is a bit strange?

A little tiny piece of bread. An equally small cup of juice.  Most often, that is how we take communion at Faith Church.  We also practice intinction, where people rip off a piece of bread and dip it in a cup.  Since I am usually holding one of the cups, I have to admit thatContinue reading “Have you ever thought communion is a bit strange?”

Jesus & Paul were feminists? – 1st Corinthians 11:2-16

This past Sunday my sermon was about 1st Corinthians 11:2-16, where Paul talks about women in worship.  After giving the sermon, we had an excellent time at sermon discussion group.  I want to review some of the questions we talked about. As I mentioned in the intro post last week, I’m concerned that bringing upContinue reading “Jesus & Paul were feminists? – 1st Corinthians 11:2-16”

The Monday Clean Office Report – July 21, 2014

My Friday tidy office has been miraculously clean on Monday!  For two weeks in a row.  While I enjoy writing these posts as I enjoy being surprised with what I’ll find in here on Monday mornings, the last two Mondays have been slim pickings.  Nothing to write about.  So there you have it.  Just thoughtContinue reading “The Monday Clean Office Report – July 21, 2014”

The role of women in church

I was very nervous a couple months ago when our sermon series in 1st Corinthians took us to the topic of homosexuality.  I’m nervous again.  In our passage for this coming Sunday, Paul brings up a situation in the church at Corinth about women and their role in worship.  It seems to me that theContinue reading “The role of women in church”

On taking a sabbatical to get ripped abs… – 1st Corinthians 10:14-22

I debated talking about American Idols in this post. Not the show American Idol, but the idols that we Americans worship, no matter if we are Christians or not. Money, consumerism, material things. I think it is important to mention those, but I’ve talked a lot about them already.  Might there be other forms ofContinue reading “On taking a sabbatical to get ripped abs… – 1st Corinthians 10:14-22”

American idols?

Do a Google image search for “idolatry in America” and the results are interesting.  What is idolatry in America? If we were in many countries around the world today, and I asked a group of Christians that same question, “What is idolatry?” then could walk you out the front doors of the place they wereContinue reading “American idols?”

How to defeat temptation – 1st Corinthians 10:1-13

What tempts you? Delicious foods? Overindulgence of food? TV shows? Hobbies? Possessions? A new car? Men? Women? You name it. Temptation in and of itself is simply an invitation.  Admittedly, it is a very enticing, powerful invitation that can be hard to turn away from.  How do you say “no” to temptation?  Is it possibleContinue reading “How to defeat temptation – 1st Corinthians 10:1-13”

Books & Performance Reviews – The Monday Messy Office Report – July 7, 2014

My Friday tidy office is mysteriously messy on Monday!  Here’s what I found this week: 1. Two books: No names in the books, no note with them explaining why they are in my office.  One copy of Loren Cunningham’s Daring to Live on the Edge: The Adventure of Faith and Finances.  And one copy ofContinue reading “Books & Performance Reviews – The Monday Messy Office Report – July 7, 2014”