How to move beyond worship as infotainment – Ezekiel 33:21-22, Part 5

I recently attended a worship service at a church where the pastor regularly walked up on stage while the praise band was leading songs, and he pumped his fist, hyped up the crowd, and patted the shoulders of the various band members. How do you feel about that? Maybe I’m in the minority viewpoint onContinue reading “How to move beyond worship as infotainment – Ezekiel 33:21-22, Part 5”

Worthless religion focuses on information – Ezekiel 33:21-33, Part 4

We Christians have a significant focus on information.  Worship services are heavy on information. This sermon is all information.  We are studying the words of a biblical text.  Then we might attend classes or small groups in which we receive yet more information.  The information is usually very good.  It is designed to help usContinue reading “Worthless religion focuses on information – Ezekiel 33:21-33, Part 4”

What happens when we cross the line with God – Ezekiel 33:21-33, Part 3

Can you ever sin too much? Can you ever rebel against God too far? As we continue our study of Ezekiel 33, we learned in the previous post that God opened Ezekiel’s mouth, after seven years of silence, and now Ezekiel can speak freely. In verse 23, just as soon as Ezekiel can say whateverContinue reading “What happens when we cross the line with God – Ezekiel 33:21-33, Part 3”

What happened when a woman interrupted my sermon…at a funeral! – Ezekiel 33:21-33, Part 2

Recently I was officiating a funeral here in our church sanctuary, and a woman arrived very late, long after the funeral service began, walked in and took a seat in the back. During my sermon, she raised her hand. The way she raised her hand was was like a student would raise their hand inContinue reading “What happened when a woman interrupted my sermon…at a funeral! – Ezekiel 33:21-33, Part 2”

When information does not lead to formation – Ezekiel 33:21-33, Part 1

“You had one job.” Do you know how many of these videos and memes are online?  I spent too much time this week trying to find one to show you.  There are so many videos and pictures of times that people had a job and didn’t do it right.  Here’s a fun one. It’s theContinue reading “When information does not lead to formation – Ezekiel 33:21-33, Part 1”

Failing at New Year’s Resolutions – Ezekiel 33:21-33, Preview

Happy New Year! Over the years around New Year’s Day, I’ve written about the kinds of resolutions Jesus would want us to make for the coming year. Think about that. Based on what you know of Jesus’ teachings and lifestyle, what do you think his resolutions for you are for 2022? Write them down onContinue reading “Failing at New Year’s Resolutions – Ezekiel 33:21-33, Preview”

The kind of life Christians are called to – Ezekiel 33:1-20, Part 5

There’s quite a lot of disagreement about what it means to live a Christian life. My guess is that in most local churches, if you surveyed the people in that church, asking them to describe what it means to live faithfully as a Christian, you would get numerous responses, some of which would conflict withContinue reading “The kind of life Christians are called to – Ezekiel 33:1-20, Part 5”

How to be a watchman or woman, without being creepy – Ezekiel 33:1-20, Part 4

In our five-part series covering Ezekiel 33:1-20 this week, we have been learning that God called Ezekiel to be a Watchman Prophet for Israel. Likewise, we Christians are called to be watchmen for the people in our lives. As I type that, I wonder if it comes across as a bit creepy. Watching people? WhatContinue reading “How to be a watchman or woman, without being creepy – Ezekiel 33:1-20, Part 4”

You are God’s watchman – Ezekiel 33:1-20, Part 3

What do you watch? TV? Since getting a dog, I’ve spent more time throughout the day outside waiting for the dog to do his business. Out there waiting on my deck, I especially like watching the night sky. Over the last five years, I’ve seen shooting stars, including one particularly bright, slow-moving meteor that crawledContinue reading “You are God’s watchman – Ezekiel 33:1-20, Part 3”

Do I have to tell people about Jesus? Isn’t praying for them enough? – Ezekiel 33:1-20, Part 2

On a beautiful cold and crisp December evening couple weeks ago, a group of about 15 people from Faith Church and First Baptist Church (who rents from Faith Church) walked around a local neighborhood, ringing doorbells and singing Christmas Carols by candlelight to people. We wanted to share the joy of Christmas, as well asContinue reading “Do I have to tell people about Jesus? Isn’t praying for them enough? – Ezekiel 33:1-20, Part 2”