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Forming a Gospel Culture (Part 1)

Forming a Gospel Culture (Part 1) What is a Gospel culture? It is a good question, and it is likely you have not really heard that phrase before. Perhaps it is more helpful if we start with the word “culture” itself.  It is a word we easily take for granted in our conversation. We speak of various ethnic cultures, ancient culture, high-culture encompassing the… Read More

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 God’s Providence and Stopping the Chain of Violence

There are few things more puzzling in Jesus’ teaching than his radical call to non-violence and forgiveness. It seems counter-intuitive to nature to not return violence with violence. The principle of lex talionis— “an eye for an eye” is fundamentally the law of nature. In fact, in many cases, violence seems inevitable, and sometimes it is. One is immediately prompted to ask, what about… Read More

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“HATING HATE” AND THE RADICAL ETHICS OF JESUS

Today I found myself stopped at a light. Being the momentary captive audience that I was, I could not help noticing the political sticker on the vehicle in front of me. It sported a background formed of an assorted variety of revolutionary fists raised together in the air. What was particularly interesting to me was the moniker splayed across it which read: “Vote Against… Read More

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How do We Measure Discipleship?

A Big Question on Discipleship How many of us feel we are really hitting it out of the park in our Christian growth? I think most of us don’t. And if we did, that might in fact be a bad thing. Nevertheless, most of us Christians tend to live with a gnawing sense of constant failure, insecurity, and self-consciousness. If we are truly growing… Read More

Circumcision of the Heart – The Third Sunday of Pentecost

Circumcision of the Heart – The Third Sunday of Pentecost Transcript let us pray Heavenly Father we come to you in humility and did we ask your spirit to move on our heart and humble us more come together in prayer and worship we come to meet with you and come to do business with God we come to keep short accounts father please… Read More

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What is True Discipleship?

What is True Discipleship? What is true discipleship? The question sounds obvious at best. But that is precisely the slippery little problem of discipleship in the modern church. Discipleship SHOULD BE clear; it should be obvious, it should be so well understood by the Church that its definition can be taken for granted. The difficulty is that in reality, true discipleship is in fact… Read More

Seeking Immortality – The Second Sunday of Pentecost

Seeking Immortality – The Second Sunday of Pentecost TRANSCRIPT  good morning family of God so good to see everybody’s eyeballs this morning well let’s just take a moment and ask God’s blessing on our study of the word of God in Romans this morning Heavenly Father we just thank you that you are so gracious we thank you that you have brought us together… Read More

Trinity Sunday

Trinity Sunday, June 7, 2020 TRANSCRIPT good morning people of God so good to see your faces in the pews this morning how exciting is that let’s give us a round of applause I’m gonna go ahead and let you sit down and I’m just rejoicing to be with you this morning mainly because we’re back together and just just being the body of… Read More

Reign of Grace

Wednesday, June 3, 2020 please be seated let’s take a moment to ask God’s blessing on our time in the study of his word this afternoon Heavenly Father and gracious King you are good oh so good you are always faithful and oh so faithful and you have called the remnant of mankind from among all nations a bedraggled host to become a royal… Read More

Pentecost – A gift for a purpose.

TRANSCRIPT come a holy comforter thy sacred witness bear in this glad our thou who almighty art now rule in every heart spirit of power Amen may be seated this my brothers and sisters marks the Feast of Pentecost one of the auspicious moments in the church history to one degree or another all Christians get their identity from this precious narrative here in… Read More