What would you do to get a new body?

What would you do to get a new body? Think about how much money, time and effort people go through to get new bodies. I love a good weight-loss story because I lost a bunch myself, and it feels great. But some other new body stories scare me. Endless plastic surgeries, injections, pills, etc. WhatContinue reading “What would you do to get a new body?”

How the most obscure verse in the Bible can change your life – 1st Corinthians 15:12-34

One commentator said 1 Corinthians 15:29 has been called the most difficult and obscure verse in the entire Bible. Here’s a Bible trivia question for you: how many verses in the Bible? There are 31102 verses in the Bible, and this is most obscure of all?  Really?  If so, why?  Keep reading, you’ll learn whyContinue reading “How the most obscure verse in the Bible can change your life – 1st Corinthians 15:12-34”

Do you believe in the walking dead?

It returns in about a month.  The Walking Dead.  A very compelling show for many reasons, The Walking Dead is the story of a group of survivors trying to eke out life in the middle of a zombie apocalypse. Zombies have become quite a fascination in our culture of late.  Much of the attraction isContinue reading “Do you believe in the walking dead?”

Believing the Gospel is not enough – 1st Corinthians 15:1-11

Last week I asked “Have Christians Forgotten the Gospel?” The reason I asked that is because in the next section in our study through 1st Corinthians, 15:1-11, Paul tells the Christians in Corinth that he needs to remind them of the Gospel.  Did they forget it?  Seems that way, at least to some extent.  SinceContinue reading “Believing the Gospel is not enough – 1st Corinthians 15:1-11”

Have Christians forgotten the Gospel?

Christians talk a lot about the Gospel. As they should.  The Gospel is the foundation of our faith.  But what if Christians have forgotten about the Gospel? This post is written to Christians, but I would be very interested to hear what those who are not Christians would think of it as well.  Maybe thoseContinue reading “Have Christians forgotten the Gospel?”

Experimental Worship? – 1st Corinthians 14:26-40

I have read that early Christian worship was influenced by the order of worship in Jewish synagogues. The picture that Paul gives us in 1st Corinthians 14:26-40 (and in all of chapters 11-14, really) is a very disorderly kind of worship as practiced by the Christians in the city of Corinth.  I introduced this conceptContinue reading “Experimental Worship? – 1st Corinthians 14:26-40”

Do we need an order of worship?

Raised in a Conservative Baptist church that practiced a style of worship very much influenced by the frontier free worship tradition, I will never forget two of my first experiences with liturgical style. The first was at a mainline Presbyterian Church in New Jersey where my mother’s sister and her family attended. After quite aContinue reading “Do we need an order of worship?”

Speaking in Tongues is not the point – 1st Corinthians 14:1-25

Last week I mentioned that this past Sunday’s sermon was going to be about speaking in tongues.  We have been working our way section by section through the book of 1st Corinthians, and on Sunday we finally made it to chapter 14, which is all about speaking in tongues. I started the sermon off withContinue reading “Speaking in Tongues is not the point – 1st Corinthians 14:1-25”

Podcast Disc, Lawyer Letter, Pile of Old Mail – The Monday Messy Office Report – September 2, 2014

My Friday tidy office is mysteriously messy on Monday. Here’s what I found today: 1. Podcast disc – I’m very grateful to our sound and projection volunteers, as they serve behind the scenes every Sunday morning.  They keep sound levels balanced, show PowerPoint shows, YouTube videos, and record the service.  We actually make two recordingsContinue reading “Podcast Disc, Lawyer Letter, Pile of Old Mail – The Monday Messy Office Report – September 2, 2014”