Starting in January of 2011, we started a series entitled "Vanity". This was an expositional preaching series through the book of Ecclesiastes. Warren Wiersbe titled his commentary on the book "Be Satisfied". To aid us with that goal in mind, we concluded our series in confessional form. To do so, I highlighted the major themes in Ecclesiastes and our appropriate response ...Keep Reading
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This post serves as in introductory explanation of our reorientation of our Gospel Communities. We hope to be a community and a church that is properly devoted to the most important things, that our relationship with our Lord may be vibrant and life giving, and that we would in turn learn to better love one another and the county we live in....
Our pace must be quick because our time is short. A quick pace is not indicative of carelessness or impatience, but rather an unwillingness to be an obstacle. Paul is clear. "...time has grown very short". His point is that we are to attend to the kinds of daily affairs that would be unimportant if Christ were returning within weeks or months. That our love for Jesus' miss...Keep Reading
Leaving a church should not be considered lightly and the decision should be made carefully. Prayer, wise-counsel, and discernment are required to make this decision faithfully. Further, no one should ever leave a church without having sat-down with church-leadership in an effort to stay, first. ...Keep Reading
"Can centuries of creeds & confessions really be wrong?" "Did the early church fathers really miss the mark?" Now, creeds are not Scripture and Augustine is not Jesus. Regardless, shouldn't they be considered carefully as helpful guides in affirming doctrine? The issue of heaven and hell has all culminated with Rob Bell's release of "Love Wins." A book About Heaven, ...Keep Reading
I've received a lot of requests for this. So here is the video from this weekend's service (2/13/11).
Ministry is hard. In fact, being a Christian is hard. That's not a new headline, however. As a Christian, I've had no shortage of trials. As a church planter, this truth is even more-so. I have to confess this Christmas season has been one of the hardest in recent memory. I have had moments when I have been unsure of my vision, unsure of those who are "with me", and unsure...Keep Reading
What does â€˜verbally inspiredâ€™ mean? Some confusion can exist because a common use of the word is to mean â€˜oralâ€™ (e.g. in a workplace you have verbal warning and a written warning). Usually when talking about the inspiration of the bible, we assume it means simply â€˜textualâ€™ and â€˜writtenâ€™....Keep Reading
Nearly ten million Americans worked more than sixty hours a week last year, the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics found. Weâ€™ve outpaced the famously productive Japanese in hours worked. Weâ€™re the only developed nation without mandatory vacation time. And, according to the Expedia.comâ€™s annual vacation poll, one-third of us will take no vacation this ...Keep Reading
I can't help but wonder who the first Senior Pastor in history was. I think I would like to go back into history and pick his brain. What was it about God's plan for the church that didn't work for him? Were things not moving fast enough for him? Did he have weak Elders incapable of leading? Was he nervous that the church would not move in the direction he thought best...Keep Reading
With Membership getting ready to launch in the next couple of months, it's important to keep in front of us why this is so important. I will be talking a lot about membership here over the next few weeks, as a result. I think John Piper sums this up much better than I could: