What happens when Jesus tells the Bible scholars they don’t know the Bible?

The religious establishment is on him.  They’ve been following him ever since he splashed onto the scene months earlier, healing people and preaching and gaining a following of large crowds.  These Bible teachers, these Pharisees, are the religion police of their day, and they have dispatched some agents to check Jesus out.  Now they’re followingContinue reading “What happens when Jesus tells the Bible scholars they don’t know the Bible?”

Don’t Forget the Lyrics – Billy Joel Edition (and that time Jesus laughed with the sinners)

Are you ready to play? Remember the TV game show “Don’t forget the Lyrics”? Contestants were given parts of a song, and they had to complete the rest of the lyrics. I loved that show and always thought I would like to be a contestant, that is until I actually tried remembering the words toContinue reading “Don’t Forget the Lyrics – Billy Joel Edition (and that time Jesus laughed with the sinners)”

Mystics in Love

Today we welcome a guest writer, Dr. Tony Blair, president of Evangelical Seminary.  We’re looking forward to this coming Sunday, March 8th, 2015, at Faith Church as Tony will be our guest teacher.  As he is also a pastor, we are quite grateful to his church Hosanna, for sharing him with us! Are you aContinue reading “Mystics in Love”

Have you ever had people think you’re crazy because of your faith?

When was the last time you demonstrated faith in God that caused people to shake their heads in disbelief? I’m talking about reckless faith. The kind of faith that people say is stupid. Faith that seems unwise. Faith that upsets society’s conventions. Faith that almost seems wrong. Have you demonstrated faith in God like that?Continue reading “Have you ever had people think you’re crazy because of your faith?”

When churches don’t make disciples

“If you make disciples, you always get the church.  But if you make a church, you rarely get disciples.”  – Mike Breen What do you think about that quote?  Is it right? The first part I think most Christians would agree with.  It’s pretty straightforward.  Disciples are followers of Jesus, and when you have aContinue reading “When churches don’t make disciples”

When a lost child can you teach about being on a mission – Luke 2:21-42

Last week I told you the story of how I lost my son at the water park. Jared was missing for about five minutes in a huge crowd. I was very scared. Michelle and I had gone opposite directions to try to find him. I had looked at a couple pools, and he was nowhereContinue reading “When a lost child can you teach about being on a mission – Luke 2:21-42”

That time my son got lost in the water park…

Kings Island in Cincinnati, Ohio, is an amusement park that also has an awesome water park. Tons of water slides, a huge wave pool, a bunch of specialty pools, and other cool water rides. I know because I was there about five years ago, with our family and what seemed like one hundred thousand otherContinue reading “That time my son got lost in the water park…”

Simeon (the Bucket List guy) and why Evangelicals need to focus a whole lot more on Mary – Luke 1:46-55; 2:21-40

So what do you think about Mary, the mother of Jesus? With this past Sunday’s sermon we concluded the story of the birth of Jesus. Luke shows us clearly through the words of his mother, Mary, and through Anna and Simeon, the amazing significance of Jesus. Mary, Simeon and Anna had a passionate focus onContinue reading “Simeon (the Bucket List guy) and why Evangelicals need to focus a whole lot more on Mary – Luke 1:46-55; 2:21-40”

If God guaranteed one thing on your bucket list would happen before you die, what would you choose?

Did you cross anything off your bucket list in 2014? Get married? Travel somewhere? Perform physical feat? This year my family drove from Lancaster, PA, to Austin, TX, to visit my wife’s cousin and his family.  Though it was not coast-to-coast, it was the longest we had ever driven, and the first time for mostContinue reading “If God guaranteed one thing on your bucket list would happen before you die, what would you choose?”

On shouting a Christmas message that can get you killed – Luke 2:1-20

It’s Christmas Eve!  My younger kids (age 9 and 11) are charged with excitement, begging to open just one gift, or at least put them under the tree.  They cannot contain themselves.  At Faith Church we’re looking forward to a wonderful time of worship tonight.  We’ve had artists from our congregation creating art to illustrateContinue reading “On shouting a Christmas message that can get you killed – Luke 2:1-20”