Reading other people’s mail – Titus 1:1-4, Part 1

Have you ever accidentally received mail for your neighbor? It happens to all of us from time to time.  The question is, what do you do with it? Usually just walk it over to their house, right? Do you ever just throw it away?  Please don’t!  It’s illegal! Most often misdelivered mail happens when youContinue reading “Reading other people’s mail – Titus 1:1-4, Part 1”

What to do when talking about faith is scary or difficult

Have you ever been made fun of for your faith?  It can feel awful, making you want to crawl into the closest hole and hide.  That feeling of shame is often so powerful that it gets stuck inside us, and we fear talking about our faith ever again.  What should we do about this? InsteadContinue reading “What to do when talking about faith is scary or difficult”

How to talk about God (and how not to)

A friend of mine was at Park City, the big mall here in Lancaster, at a department store jewelry counter.  Just down the counter stood a couple girls looking at crosses.  One of them wanted to get a cross necklace.  My friend overheard one girl say to the other, “Oh look, this one has aContinue reading “How to talk about God (and how not to)”

When Christians should stop inviting people to church

I appreciate a good provocative title.  My wife says if I use them too much, people will become callous to them.  She’s right.  But I really am serious about the title of this blog post.  At first I titled it “WHY Christians should stop inviting people to church.”  But that was a smidge misleading, andContinue reading “When Christians should stop inviting people to church”

What in the world is Christian “outreach”?

It has been a few years, but for a long time every fall Faith Church held a Harvest Bazaar.  Before that it was called a Christmas Bazaar.  Many people in our congregation would cook up a storm in their kitchens, creating delicacies for the bake shop.  Others would staff the snack shop, making amazing chickenContinue reading “What in the world is Christian “outreach”?”

A post for Christians: how to stop treating people as projects – Part 1 – The Problem

If you’ve read this blog for even a fairly short amount of time, you’ve heard me talk about about making disciples. It is the mission of God’s Kingdom, and yet I have heard many at Faith Church talk about how you can feel very frustrated about making disciples. You agree that it is important, youContinue reading “A post for Christians: how to stop treating people as projects – Part 1 – The Problem”

That time I accidentally said “fart” in my State of Faith Church sermon…and some other things as well

As I mentioned last week, this past Sunday I gave my State of the Church address.  As you’ll read below I talked about discipleship and simplicity, but also farts.  Yeah, you read that title right.  Farts.  But I didn’t talk about it on purpose.  Fast forward to minute 19:00, and listen in from there.  RightContinue reading “That time I accidentally said “fart” in my State of Faith Church sermon…and some other things as well”

This Church Will Leave The Building…Again!

One year ago we displayed a phrase on our church sign: “This Church Will Leave The Building, October 7th”. While we wanted to put a teaser out there to the community, we had no idea that short message would create such a stir.  Neighbors asked us what was happening.  The local police department stopped byContinue reading “This Church Will Leave The Building…Again!”

Follow up to “Frustrated with Outreach?”

Outreach. The word itself is a picture, an out-stretched set of arms with a hand ready to help a person in need. In the summer of 2005 we took a group of students and adults to Kingston, Jamaica, where we had previously lived/served in 2000-2001.  It was wonderful to be back, renew friendships, help aContinue reading “Follow up to “Frustrated with Outreach?””

Are you frustrated with outreach?

I am VERY frustrated about the topic of outreach.  Each week at Faith Church we have two sermon discussions groups.  One 10 days before the sermon, with the goal of preparing, and one immediately after the sermon, with the goal of answering questions and making application. The first one is called sermon roundtable, and IContinue reading “Are you frustrated with outreach?”