If Jesus had a scorecard, he wouldn’t be counting the believers

Ed Stetzer recently shared the following story: Last year, Caroline Inglis was on the verge of an historic feat. No high school golfer, male or female, had ever captured the Oregon state title four consecutive years. Inglis won the class 5A state tournament her freshman, sophomore, and junior years. There seemed very little doubt thatContinue reading “If Jesus had a scorecard, he wouldn’t be counting the believers”

Follow up to “Instant Fellowship…in only 15 minutes a week!”

So is it possible to have genuine fellowship in only 15 minutes per week??? As we heard from Phil Bartelt’s sermon this past Sunday, the answer is a resounding NO! This past June we started an 8am traditional worship service.  In the weeks following, I started hearing from people who go to the 8am service,Continue reading “Follow up to “Instant Fellowship…in only 15 minutes a week!””

Instant Fellowship…in only 15 minutes a week!

At Faith Church you can get fellowship real easy and quick.  All it takes is 15 minutes a week!  Just walk into the fellowship hall on Sunday mornings after worship, and from 10:45 to 11am, you have fellowship.  There are snacks and beverages too!   Sounds great, right? Or is there more to fellowship? Does whatContinue reading “Instant Fellowship…in only 15 minutes a week!”

Follow up to “Do we need to stop singing in worship?”

This Sunday we did stop singing in worship!  While our worship leader, Becka, didn’t lead us in singing songs, she did lead us in worship. The reason is that when we hired her, we did not hire a piano player.  If all we wanted was a piano player, it would be clear that all weContinue reading “Follow up to “Do we need to stop singing in worship?””

Do we need to stop singing in worship?

On Sunday we start a new sermon series based on our church mission statement: Loving God, Loving People.  I bet a bajillion churches have that exact same statement, but that doesn’t worry us much.  We had a fairly long strategic planning initiative a few years ago that led us to creating that statement.  Based onContinue reading “Do we need to stop singing in worship?”

Follow up to Saying “No” to Yourself

So how has it been going saying “No!” to yourself? After my story about Turkey Hill Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Ice Cream, I had one person buy my two containers of it!  Come on, people!  I’m trying to say “No!” to myself too.  I guess you felt the need to help me grow some self-control.Continue reading “Follow up to Saying “No” to Yourself”

Saying “NO!” to yourself

It is one of the hardest things to do.  When there is chocolate peanut butter cup ice cream in our freezer, it is nearly impossible. When U2 releases a new album, it basically IS impossible. What is it? Self-control. Patience.  Two of the most difficult words in the English language.  How many of you struggleContinue reading “Saying “NO!” to yourself”

Follow-up to What does faithfulness to God look like in the middle class?

We had a gorgeous day Sunday morning for worship in the park!  Afterwards the food and fellowship were great too. The only glaring omission was our weekly sermon discussion group…  It is one of my favorite hours of the week.  Over the last couple years since we started it, we’ve had conversations that have rangedContinue reading “Follow-up to What does faithfulness to God look like in the middle class?”

What does faithfulness to God look like in Middle Class America?

I’ll let you define whether or not you feel like you are Middle Class.  When I use the word “Middle Class”, I’m referring to pretty much everyone that is a part of Faith Church.  Not ultra-rich, but not in extreme poverty. So what does faithfulness look like in middle class America, when we are swampedContinue reading “What does faithfulness to God look like in Middle Class America?”

Follow-up to Flipping Out, Losing It, Going Off and other generally mean things

Remember the guy who confronted me when I was putting up door hangers?  Read the beginning of the story here. When he approached me, at first I had to deal with the confusion of what was happening.   It was one of those moments when I started looking around to see if there were other people,Continue reading “Follow-up to Flipping Out, Losing It, Going Off and other generally mean things”