When you disagree with your church, you should stay? – Current Events Q3 2021, Part 5

What should you do when you disagree with your church, or with the people in your church? In the previous post, I referred to a podcast that lists three options. 1. Stay, but don’t speak up. 2. Stay and work for change. 3. Leave. If you haven’t read it already, check out the previous post,Continue reading “When you disagree with your church, you should stay? – Current Events Q3 2021, Part 5”

A Purple Church does not have class or gender preferences – Current Events Q3 2021, Part 3

Churches should be purple! What is a purple church? In the previous post, we learned that a purple church is not colorblind. We have been studying the purple church, as Paul describes it in Galatians 3:26-28. The next phrase Paul uses to describe the purple church is that it is neither slave nor free.  SlaveryContinue reading “A Purple Church does not have class or gender preferences – Current Events Q3 2021, Part 3”

A Purple Church is NOT colorblind – Current Events Q3 2021, Part 2

Have you heard that phrase? “We should be colorblind!” People suggest, when it comes to ethnicity, being colorblind is what is desirable. Just see the person, not their skin color, right? It sounds good, but I have three colorblind sons, each with varying degrees of colorblindness, and I can tell you that visual colorblindness meansContinue reading “A Purple Church is NOT colorblind – Current Events Q3 2021, Part 2”

Why we are a Purple Church – Current Events Q3 2021, Part 1

This past November 2020, I preached one of my quarterly current events sermons right before the election.  Earlier in the year, as I was planning the preaching schedule, it seemed wise to have a current events sermon the Sunday prior to what was shaping up to be a major political event.  Of course, any presidentialContinue reading “Why we are a Purple Church – Current Events Q3 2021, Part 1”

A letter for unity – Acts 15, Part 3

Editor’s Note: This series of posts on Acts 15 is written by guest teacher David Hundert. Thanks, David! The series of five posts begins here. Are you experiencing a disagreement with someone? Brokenness in a relationship? What will it take to reconcile or pursue unity? As we have been seeing in this series of postsContinue reading “A letter for unity – Acts 15, Part 3”

Should Christians make rules to follow? Titus 1:10-16, Part 4

When my wife and I were students in Bible college, at the beginning of every semester we had to sign a document stating we would abide by the student handbook which had loads of rules.  You couldn’t go to the movies.  You couldn’t kiss on campus. There were pages and pages of rules. One ruleContinue reading “Should Christians make rules to follow? Titus 1:10-16, Part 4”

The Top 5 adjectives that should describe a church family (do you know them?)

Get out a pen and paper, or open up a note-taking app.  What are the first five adjectives that come to mind if you were trying to answer the question: “What are the five top adjectives that should describe a church family?” This week we are studying 1 Peter 3:8-12 where Peter teaches how aContinue reading “The Top 5 adjectives that should describe a church family (do you know them?)”

How a church family can disagree but still be harmonious

Is your church family harmonious?  How much should a church family agree with one another?  Is it okay if there is disagreement in a church family? Yesterday we began looking at 1 Peter 3:8-12, and I said that Peter is talking to all Christians about how they should interact with one another in their churchContinue reading “How a church family can disagree but still be harmonious”

Is your church too small?

Why are there so many Christian churches and denominations?  Can’t you all just get along? Maybe the fact that there are so many churches and denominations is proof that Christianity is false.  Jesus prayed in John 17:20-21 that not only his twelve disciples, but also those who would become his followers through the ministry ofContinue reading “Is your church too small?”

Are we majoring on the minors? – 1st Corinthians 1:10-17

Yesterday during our continuing study of 1st Corinthians, we talked about BNPs!  After a very encouraging greeting, Paul begins to deal with the problems coming out of the church in Corinth.  First up, people claiming that they are followers of certain Big Name Preachers of their day.  Apollos, Peter, Paul himself and even Jesus. ItContinue reading “Are we majoring on the minors? – 1st Corinthians 1:10-17”