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As you browse, read and share the many articles, our hope is that you may find this site an encouragement to your faith and Christian life.

Worship

We were created to worship. And we are to worship God with every aspect and area of our lives - presenting our bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God.

The Church

The bride of Christ can often times be difficult and messy - but it is Christ's beautiful mess - to which He is the head and chief cornerstone.

Ancient Future

Our faith comes out from a rich heritage and history. It was during the formative years of our faith that creeds, confessions, traditions, and liturgies were developed. These practices and traditions recaptured will not only anchor us but move us forward in our faith.

Freedom

There is freedom in the gospel as it proclaims that in Christ we are sons and daughters of the King. The importance is learning to preach those truths to our heart and life everyday.

Thursday, June 30, 2011

A Light Shining Brightly Upon A Hill


This beautiful image is the Church of Primus and St. Felician, which sits atop a mountain near Jamnik, Slovenia.

The Preacher's Ten Commandments


1. Know your Bible better.

2. Be a man of prayer.

3. Don’t lose sight of Christ. 

4. Be deeply Trinitarian.

5. Use your imagination.

6. Speak much of sin and grace.

7. Use the “plain style” - language that is clear.

8. Find your own voice.

9. Learn how to transition.

10. Love your people.

Read the whole post and thoughts from Sinclair Ferguson

America is Addicted to Porn

Let's not kid ourselves...porn is not just some peripheral issue in our culture...it is a crisis!  It is an addiction that is destroying young boys, capturing the hearts and lives of men (and even women), ruining marriages and exploiting women.  We can't deceive ourselves that God's people are not just as vulnerable and many in the church have (or have had) some level of exposure to porn.  Christ's church as been woefully silent on this issue for too long!

Porn Addiction in America
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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Gotta Love the Java!


Thursday, June 16, 2011

The Disgrace Is To Not Reach

“The tragedy of life doesn’t lie in not reaching your goal. The tragedy lies in having no goal to reach. It isn’t a calamity to die with dreams unfilled, but it is a calamity not to dream. It isn’t a disgrace not to reach the stars, but it is a disgrace to have no stars to reach for.” - Dr. Benjamin Elijah Mays

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Is The Organized Church In America In Trouble?


For years mainline churches in America have been in decline. The Catholic Church with all their legal problems, the Episcopal Church with all their controversies, the Presbyterian church with decreasing membership, the Methodist church closing many churches, and since 2009, the Southern Baptists.


Again in 2010, the Southern Baptist Convention baptized fewer people in 2010 than any time since the 1950s. The nation's largest Protestant denomination also saw declines in overall membership and attendance.

Emory University's Baptist Studies Director David W. Key Sr., who is a Southern Baptist, said the decline reflects the fact that the membership of many Southern Baptist churches is aging.

The only growing denominations in America are Pentecostal, and that is minimal.

(ht: Don Brock)

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Pastor - Do You Have A Messiah Complex?


What are some signs a pastor has a Messiah complex, and how can they be more self-aware?

The obvious sign is you overwork. You become a workaholic because “everything depends upon you.” If you don’t take a Sabbath, something is wrong. You’re doing too much, you’re being too much in charge. You’ve got to quit, one day a week, and just watch what God is doing when you’re not doing anything. So those two things, the absence of a Sabbath and being overactive. I think it’s basic—we have to understand what we’re doing, what this vocation is. It’s dealing with a congregation, with a church. It’s a community. If as pastors we’re not developing a lay ministry all the time, we’re robbing the congregation of its integrity. One of the things that irks me still is churches that have 20 pastors or 20 hired staff. What are they doing? What are all the elders and deacons and Sunday school teachers doing that they have to have all these people interfering in their lives?

-From an interview with Eugene Peterson (from NeueMagazine)

Sunday, June 05, 2011

The Purpose of the Church

"The purpose of the church is to be a sign of the redemption as it declares the wonderful deeds of God in Christ accomplished in history and fulfilled at the end of time...it is the sign of the historic redemption and of the coming kingdom."
-Robert Webber, Ancient-Future Time

Friday, June 03, 2011

Create, Don't Merely Consume

“The antidote to being a mere consumer is to become a creator. Life is not about waiting for the market to offer you thrilling experiences, but to actually be someone who jumps into the work of making something beautiful and true and good for the world.”
-Andy Crouch


Thursday, June 02, 2011

My Last Day



The Global Short Film Network is a ministry of the Jesus Film Project.  Their mission is to create quality short films with biblical/redemptive themes that are meant to generate spiritual conversations.

This is a quality resource.  Make sure to check them out!


Enter Into Their Need

“Think it out! The only way for Jesus to get us out of our spiritual poverty and into spiritual riches was to get out of his spiritual riches into spiritual poverty. This should now be the pattern of your life. Give your resources away and enter into need so that those in need will be resourced.”
- Timothy Keller, The Gospel and the Poor

Wednesday, June 01, 2011

False Saviors

“If we are deeply moved by the sight of his love for us, it detaches our hearts from other would-be saviors. We stop trying to redeem ourselves through our pursuits and relationships, because we are already redeemed. We stop trying to make others into saviors, because we have a Savior.”
- Timothy Keller, Counterfeit Gods (New York, NY: Penguin Group, 2009), 45