Encouraging Conversations

This sermon is based on 2 Thessalonians 2:16-17. SERIES OVERVIEW: Once upon a time there was a church that changed the world, but that was a long time ago. It was a church characterized by love, by unity, by compassion, by prayer and by social engagement. It was the place where God’s grace was always on display and quite tangible. Today, church is different. Shane Claiborne once said, “The church is like Noah’s ark. It stinks; but if you get out of it, you’ll drown.” I think many people would agree. We need the church, but it’s hard to love the church. How did we get so far off track? More importantly, how can we rediscover those principles that made the New Testament church so vibrant and alive? REthinking Church asks us as a church to evaluate our spiritual health and hopefully will give us a vision to hear God’s call anew to be his people, his church in

By |2018-10-03T15:04:43+00:00September 30th, 2018|Categories: REthinking Church, Sermon|Tags: , , |

Meaningful Conversations

This sermon is based on Ephesians 4:29. SERIES OVERVIEW: Once upon a time there was a church that changed the world, but that was a long time ago. It was a church characterized by love, by unity, by compassion, by prayer and by social engagement. It was the place where God’s grace was always on display and quite tangible. Today, church is different. Shane Claiborne once said, “The church is like Noah’s ark. It stinks; but if you get out of it, you’ll drown.” I think many people would agree. We need the church, but it’s hard to love the church. How did we get so far off track? More importantly, how can we rediscover those principles that made the New Testament church so vibrant and alive? REthinking Church asks us as a church to evaluate our spiritual health and hopefully will give us a vision to hear God’s call anew to be his people, his church in our

Called into Community

This sermon is based on 1 Thessalonians 5:14-15. SERIES OVERVIEW: Once upon a time there was a church that changed the world, but that was a long time ago. It was a church characterized by love, by unity, by compassion, by prayer and by social engagement. It was the place where God’s grace was always on display and quite tangible. Today, church is different. Shane Claiborne once said, “The church is like Noah’s ark. It stinks; but if you get out of it, you’ll drown.” I think many people would agree. We need the church, but it’s hard to love the church. How did we get so far off track? More importantly, how can we rediscover those principles that made the New Testament church so vibrant and alive? REthinking Church asks us as a church to evaluate our spiritual health and hopefully will give us a vision to hear God’s call anew to be his people, his church in

Called To Be the Church

This sermon begins our series, REthinking Church, and is based on Romans 12:9-16. SERIES OVERVIEW: Once upon a time there was a church that changed the world, but that was a long time ago. It was a church characterized by love, by unity, by compassion, by prayer and by social engagement. It was the place where God’s grace was always on display and quite tangible. Today, church is different. Shane Claiborne once said, “The church is like Noah’s ark. It stinks; but if you get out of it, you’ll drown.” I think many people would agree. We need the church, but it’s hard to love the church. How did we get so far off track? More importantly, how can we rediscover those principles that made the New Testament church so vibrant and alive? REthinking Church asks us as a church to evaluate our spiritual health and hopefully will give us a vision to hear God’s call anew to be his

By |2018-09-15T21:07:04+00:00September 9th, 2018|Categories: REthinking Church, Sermon|Tags: , , |

The Hope of the Covenant

This sermon concludes the series and is based on Genesis 9:8-13. SERIES OVERVIEW: Water, water everywhere, God destroys the world he loves in a blink! Water, water everywhere Explain all of this and tell me what to think! Let’s face it, the flood narrative is hard to understand.  Kids love it because it involves animals marching two-by-two and rainbows and an epic sea voyage.  What’s not to love?  But geologists frown upon it because they see no confirmation anywhere for a universal flood.  And that evidence is hard to dismiss.  But some theologians still hold fast.  They even build life-size arks in Kentucky (admission is only $48!). But other theologians just shake their heads.  For them a myth is as good as a denial.  Giants and world annihilation, a curse and a promise, animals and offerings, unchecked evil and an unleashed chaos, a righteous Noah and a naked Noah, an ark and a new beginning – the story of

By |2018-09-08T22:50:20+00:00September 2nd, 2018|Categories: Sermon, Water Water Everywhere|Tags: , , |