(1) Pastors Have The Right To Live A Normal Life What exactly does it mean for a pastor to live a normal life? Paul answers that question from three angles – logic, Scripture, Jesus. This says something—it says that this is really important, and that he doesn’t want us to miss this. (1) What LOGIC says about a normal life for a pastor: Paul asks a se...Keep Reading
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One of the beautiful realities of marriage that Jesus points to is a “Profound Oneness” between a husband and wife, which points to the oneness that he desires with each of us. Theologians call this Union With Christ. If you have a desire to experience more oneness in your marriage but don’t know where to start, consider these seven means to oneness in marriage...
What comes to mind when you hear the word “meek”? Perhaps it’s something like the scrawny guy from an advertisement who gets sand kicked in his face and takes it for fear of getting pummeled. For most people, meekness sounds more like a character deficiency than a virtue. ...
The Church, Culture, & Marriage and Singleness | 1 Corinthians 7:1-40 Have you ever noticed that we can tend to over-spiritualize certain things? One of the things we can tend to over-spiritualize the most in Christian circles is marriage and singleness. Maybe you’ve been part of a church where being married, and especially being married and having kids, f...Keep Reading
In a 2014 study conducted by ChristianMingle.com, Christian singles between the ages of 18 to 59 were asked, "Would you have sex before marriage?" 63% of the single Christian respondents said ‘yes’. What this survey, and others like it tell us, is that we have a kind of “sexual atheism” that is beginning to pervade the Church. Men and women alike ...Keep Reading
Imagine what it could look like in your world if you and other Christians dealt with conflict in healthy, biblical ways as we are all led & empowered by God. This section of scripture is not about lawsuits per se, but how to resolve conflicts. There are healthy ways to settle disputes, disagreements & conflicts among Christians; filing lawsuits is not one of them....Keep Reading
This morning, as we continue our series Church & Culture and talk about The Church, Culture & Leadership, I thought it would be interesting to ask this question: Is the term “servant leadership” an oxymoron?” The Corinthian Christians have lived under largely selfish, self-seeking leadership models in their culture, and despite what they saw in P...Keep Reading
Have you ever had the opportunity to get some kind of inside knowledge about something ….. OR ….. had some kind of inside experience? One of the deepest human desires is the desire to be on the inside—the desire to be in the know, to know something that other people don’t know. C.S. Lewis called this “The Inner Ring.” In reference to...Keep Reading
Question: If you could give God one piece of corrective wisdom, what would it be? This is our tendency: to assume that we have a similar kind of wisdom as God and begin to question His wisdom on things when we don’t seem to think things are working. This is where the Corinthian Christians are. They’ve been questioning God and His wisdom by rhetorically asking...Keep Reading
We started a new sermon series this week: The Church & Culture...Keep Reading