Religion/Ritual bad, Relationship good? [False ideas Christians believe about…God’s desires for Christians. Part 2]

Is religion automatically bad?  Some Christians are very anti-religion because they feel it goes against the concept of relationship.  But does it?  Read James 1:26-27, and you’ll see James suggest that religion is not only a viable way to view our connection with God, but that God approves of religion that has a heart forContinue reading “Religion/Ritual bad, Relationship good? [False ideas Christians believe about…God’s desires for Christians. Part 2]”

The OT Law is not for us [Should Christians Observe the Old Testament Law – Deuteronomy 21-25, part 2]

Are Christians supposed to follows the laws found in the Old Testament? In part 1 of this series on the various in Deuteronomy 21-25, we saw that there are some very curious and bizarre laws, leaving us wondering why God would want his people to observe those laws.  Thinking about all the laws in theContinue reading “The OT Law is not for us [Should Christians Observe the Old Testament Law – Deuteronomy 21-25, part 2]”

The beginning of the end for Jesus

This is it.  Thirty-three years of Jesus’ life has led up to this moment.  We’ve covered the life of Jesus, as told in the Gospel of Luke, through our sermon series which began on November 30, 2014, with Luke chapter 1.  Nearly 70 sermons later, we have 7 left. After learning about his birth andContinue reading “The beginning of the end for Jesus”

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”

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?”

Chalices, Clipboards, Graduation Books – The Monday Messy Office Report – June 9, 2014

Every week my tidy Friday office is mysteriously messy on Monday.  Here’s what I found today: 1. Communion Chalices – Yesterday was Worship in the Park, and it was a beautiful day!  I can’t tell you how many people come up to me asking if we could please have worship in the park more often. Continue reading “Chalices, Clipboards, Graduation Books – The Monday Messy Office Report – June 9, 2014”