a word from the pastor

The Importance of Church

I got married on a Friday afternoon and was in church on Sunday morning. In fact, we even went back for the Sunday evening service…on our honeymoon! I’m not sure if that was just old school or stupidity, but I’d like to think it was neither. Rather, we attended church on our honeymoon because we...
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Gender Spaces within the Church

In a New York Times article, Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant reported that women who speak out in professional settings are “walking a tightrope.” According to their research, when a woman speaks, “Either she’s barely heard, or she’s judged as too aggressive. When a man says virtually the same thi...
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You Might Be a Nominal Christian If…

In a recent article in Christianity Today, Griffin Paul Jackson states that the largest mission field in Europe is made up of those who “call themselves Christians but exhibit few, if any, signs of faith.” They are what we call “nominal Christians,” whose faith doesn’t go beyond being identified ...
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Beating a Wild Horse

Not to beat a dead horse, but allow me to put an exclamation point on my sermon this past Sunday on sexual sin. Frankly, it’s more like a wild horse, since sexual immorality continues to be a struggle for millions of those who name the name of Christ. I’m preaching through Ephesians, and in th...
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Trigger Warnings and Safe Zones

In a recent World Magazine interview, Jeff Meyers, president of Summit Ministries (which trains Christian students to think and act biblically) provided generational guidance for those in positions of leadership. Meyers explained that the younger generation has “trigger warnings” because they’re ...
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Maintaining Church Unity

My sermon last Sunday was on Christian unity. Ephesians 4 begins the second major section of Paul’s letter where he applies the great theological truths expounded in the first 3 chapters. This is typical Pauline style; doctrine before duty. He’s saying that considering God’s sovereign work of g...
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The Religion of Crossfit

It should come as no surprise that, as society becomes increasingly secular, church affiliation continues to decline. What may be surprising, however, is how people are now filling the life space that used to be reserved for God and his church. A New York Times piece by Mark Oppenheimer reveals t...
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We’re All On Stage

Over the last few months I have been leading our church through the book of Ephesians and I want to expand a bit on a point I tried to make yesterday in my sermon. It is the notion that the church was intended by God to display his “manifold,” literally his “multi-colored” wisdom to the “rulers...
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The Centrality of God’s Word

I recently read that millennials who identify as evangelical have a much less orthodox theology than their forebears. I recently read that millennials who identify as evangelical have a much less orthodox theology than their forebears. One survey revealed that a third of evangelicals betwe...
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