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”

Why we played the Silent Game in worship yesterday – Ezekiel 33:1-20, Part 1

Have you ever been with your kids or grandkids and played the Silent Game?  It’s a contest to see who can be quiet the longest.  No talking, no laughing, no noise of any kind.  We parents and grandparents bring up the idea of the Silent Game usually because the kids are being noisy, and weContinue reading “Why we played the Silent Game in worship yesterday – Ezekiel 33:1-20, Part 1”

How to encounter the presence of God – Ezekiel 1, Part 5

We started this five-part series on Ezekiel 1 asking, “How long has it been since you encountered the presence of God?” Has it been a long time? Maybe you can’t say that you’ve ever experienced the manifest presence of God? We’ve been following the vision of Ezekiel 1, and so far Ezekiel has encountered fourContinue reading “How to encounter the presence of God – Ezekiel 1, Part 5”

How to practice our faith like Jesus – Honest Advent Week 4, Part 5

What should we do to use our bodies to express our faith?  In the previous post, I mentioned church attendance. But an embodied faith must go well beyond church worship service attendance. So look to Jesus.  Jesus had a human body, and he showed us how to live.  Jesus invites to do what he did.Continue reading “How to practice our faith like Jesus – Honest Advent Week 4, Part 5”

How God really wants us to worship – Ecclesiastes 5:1-7, Part 5

What is awe-inspiring to you? I have never seen the Northern Lights, but I can imagine how the guy in the photo above would find them awe-inspiring. How about you? What causes you to have wonder and amazement? It is very common for us to declare that all manner of things are “awesome.” This weekContinue reading “How God really wants us to worship – Ecclesiastes 5:1-7, Part 5”

Are you praying the wrong way (especially during worship services)?- Ecclesiastes 5:1-7, Part 2

Do you know how to pray? Have you ever thought about how God wants you to pray? What we are going to learn from the Teacher today is that there is a right way and a wrong way to pray, especially during worship services. In this week’s five-part series on Ecclesiastes 5:1-7, the central passageContinue reading “Are you praying the wrong way (especially during worship services)?- Ecclesiastes 5:1-7, Part 2”

Why our worship will be silent this Sunday at Faith Church – May 8, 2016

A few years ago we started holding Silent Sunday around the time the Christian Church world-wide observes Jesus’ Ascension.  We’re told in the earliest historical account of the first followers of Jesus, the Book of Acts, in chapter 1, that after Jesus ascended to heaven, the very first act his followers decided to do wasContinue reading “Why our worship will be silent this Sunday at Faith Church – May 8, 2016”

Ssshhhhhh! It’s Silent Sunday

For the last couple years we’ve taken one Sunday to worship in near total silence.  Aren’t we supposed to erupt in praise to our Savior?  Don’t the Psalms remind us to celebrate our Lord in song, with instruments, and loudly? Yes and yes! So why would we want silence? 51 out of 52 Sundays weContinue reading “Ssshhhhhh! It’s Silent Sunday”