The Purpose of a Lot of Moving Parts

We’ve been setting up and tearing down church equipment every week for about 10 years now… which is something to be grateful for! It’s not quite 40 years, for starters. Plus, God has given us a shared purpose in building a community that brings people together – both young and old –  into his presence. […]

The No Body Problem

Like a 220,000-ton cargo ship plowing into the Francis Scott Key Bridge, death and chaos will inevitably tear us down if we’re not standing on solid ground. Jesus’ resurrection is a sign that our faith in Christ is a firm foundation to stand on in our chaotic eras. The resurrection also gives meaning to our […]

Laying it Down for Jesus

The triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday gives us a clear picture of who Jesus is:  the Messianic King who is worth lying down what is most valuable for. Jesus is the kind of king worth lying down our time, money, and energy for – and as we do so, others get […]

Church Leadership

Jesus spent the majority of the time during the weeks before his death and resurrection investing in the next generation of leaders for the church, knowing full well how important leadership is in the body of Christ. As we look at the apostle Paul writes about leadership in 1 Corinthians chapters 1-5, we learn that […]

The Manifest Presence of God

We gather on Sundays as a community, first and foremost, to worship God and to wait upon His manifest Presence and Power. Our order of service is organized around pursuing God‘s worship, his presence, and his power to change us. Worship is for God, not for us, but because of who God is. We are […]

Communion, Part 1

One of the things I love about our church is the diversity within our church community, composed of individuals from various church backgrounds or no church background but united in a shared mission to continue the ministry of restoring lives by bringing people to Jesus.  One of the ways we come to Jesus is by […]

What is the Church?

Despite all its failures over the last 2000 years, the church is central to God’s plan.  The church is the gathering of God’s eternal family for the purpose of worshiping him and bringing restoration to the world.   We see in the book of Ephesians that the church is: Listen to this week’s worship service: “What […]

Examining Your Experiences

One of the most overlooked factors in determining the ministry God has for us is our past experiences, particularly the hurts and problems we’ve overcome with God’s help. Our greatest life messages come out of our weaknesses, not our strengths. God never wastes a hurt.  And it’s very often that when it comes to God’s […]

What Makes Jesus Spit

What would make Jesus say that he’s ready to spit a church out of its mouth? In Revelation 3:14-21, in his message to the church in Laodicea, Jesus tells his people that he’s ready to spit them out because they’ve become lukewarm and lost their passion and purpose to live for him. Jesus says to […]

The Doors of the Kingdom

I’ll admit it – I’m a comic book nerd. I still have boxes full of Marvel comics in my closet from my comic book heyday in the mid-90s. So, the recent surge of MCU films over the past decade has made my nerd heart very happy. One of the coolest concepts within the Marvel universe […]