Hospitality is not a Selfie on Instagram

Tim & Kaylee’s Wedding Homily Hospitality is at the center of the Christian faith, and this is because the gospel itself is God’s amazing hospitality extended to a fallen, sinful world. Paul says, “For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet perhaps for a good man some would even dare to die. But…

Open Your Mouth Wide: The Beatitudes

Fourth Sunday in Epiphany: Mic. 6:1-8, 1 Cor. 18-31, Mt. 5:1-12 Introduction The theme that ties our lessons together is the surprising wisdom of God. God loves to work through unlikely people and situations because it highlights His grace and inspires our praise. Another name for this is God’s blessing. But the real challenge is learning…

Deep Fried Twinkies & Llama Riding

Here are a few more follow up thoughts to the organic/gluten-free/free-range bruhaha from a few weeks ago. If you’re just joining us, you can catch up here and here. First, one friend asks whether there is a middle ground between tyrannical legalism (everyone must eat brussel sprouts!) and complete moral apathy (food doesn’t matter, stuff your face!). Shouldn’t…

Finding Grace

Morning Prayer Exhortation Gen. 8/Heb 4 Man was created to be a priest, to take the gifts of God and to offer them up with thanksgiving and joy. The world was to be our altar, and every gift was meant to lift us up to His presence. But we grasped for gifts that had not…

Come & See

Life in our New Building II Is. 49:1-7, 1 Cor. 1:1-9, Jn. 1:29-42 Introduction Epiphany celebrates the fact that God is our Father who redeems us from sin, Satan, and death through His Son Jesus, and does so in order to train and equip us for His mission of bringing many more sons into the…

A Light to the Nations

Life in our New Building I Is. 42:1-9, Acts 10:34-43, Mt. 3:13-17 Introduction Epiphany means “sudden burst of light,” and since the earliest days of the Christian Church, God’s people have continued celebrating the coming of Jesus into the world, especially the beginning of His ministry and how it revealed the Light of God for…

The Madness of Grace

You know when that unexpected gift comes? The one you so hoped for but couldn’t imagine would actually be possible? That one. And remember that moment? That joy. It might have taken time to sink in, but it did slowly, wonderfully, all the way down to your toes. Realization of all that it meant. Understanding….

Which Is More Than You Think

“The mission of God’s people is not a matter of how great we are at doing things for God, but a matter of how patient and persistent God is in doing things through us.” – Christopher J.H. Wright, The Mission of God’s People, 169.

Fat Souls

Second Sunday in Christmas Jer. 31:7-14, Eph. 1:3-14, Jn. 1:1-18 Introduction As we begin a new year in a new building with many new opportunities and challenges, we want to look at where we are as a congregation and address our particular situation. If we have one resolution as a congregation this year, let it…

On Beauty & Being Christian

This world is a treasure trove. Not only are the mountains filled with gold, the mountains are gold. They are golden with sunlight, golden with wild flowers, golden with leaves preparing for flight. And everything we touch is gold. Billions of icons walking and talking, gilded with flesh and blood, breathing and laughing glory. Where…