The disease of our age: to think that we are morally superior to every other generation that's ever lived. "I would never have allowed _________ if I had lived then." To paraphrase Chesterton, we are open-minded to everything and everyone except those who happen to be dead. But is there anything in our culture, or worse yet, among Christians, that we might be ashamed to ow...Keep Reading
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How can God justly forgive you? The theological answer: it’s not the relative badness of one’s sins that matters, but the worth of the sacrifice given by God, for the forgiveness of sins. Leave in place the badness of what Bundy, Duch and you have done. Do not minimize it for a moment. But Jesus, the perfect Son of God, God in flesh, was an even greater, infinitely more valuable sacrifice, more valuable than even the worth destroyed by all the murders of the whole world. ...
There are three common characteristics of Community or Discipleship Groups or friendships that are faithful and useful and healthy over the long-term: • Deliberately Gospeled • Attentive Friendship • Consistently Missional:...
A Premillennial Primer (orWhat we are NOT voting about in the special congregational meeting after church this Sunday) This Sunday after church we will be holding a special congregational meeting to discuss and vote on one issue: "Should our church vote 'yes' on the proposed amendment to our denomination's Statement of Faith at the upcoming national conference?" You alr...Keep Reading
Beginning in June, we will be providing a "Redemption Group". I want to share more of what this is all about. It is not a Community Group, and not a Discipleship Group. But as you will see, it feeds into both. It is not group therapy; we are not licensed for that in Utah. It is not, per se, group counseling. So what is it? It is a small group where participants tell thei...Keep Reading
A statistic, and an observation. First, the statistic. Most Christians, in 2060, will live in a) United States, and b) Africa.1 If it proves to be true, the reality in Corinth in the first century will exist across the globe: "the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men. 26For consider your calling, brothers: not many of you...Keep Reading
In our church, we employ two different types of groups. One of them is likely meeting in your area on Sunday: Community Groups. These groups are meant to possess the ethos of a "love feast". It's the same ethos that everyone wants in a family: to be welcomed, to be known, to be safe, to be connected, to be part of something bigger than ourselves. On Sunday, that "bigger t...Keep Reading