In the last chapter of Romans, the Apostle Paul says hello to a lot of people in the Roman church by name (Romans 16:3-16). And if you’re like me, then you don’t recognize any of those names and don’t even know how to pronounce them. But that’s okay. Nobody really knows who they are, because they were just good, normal, ordinary people. Well we are too, so what can learn about doing church from these fine folks in Rome? How does ordinary turn into great?
I’m especially excited about two things mentioned in the newsletter from this month. First is the Beginning Faith class, which will start this August. Second is the church’s 100th anniversary, which we’ll celebrate next August. I think the two are wonderfully connected. The Beginning Faith class is for new Christians and older kids who are interested […]
A majority of workers in the US are burned out. Only 36% of employees feel like their work is meaningful, while only 25% “connect” to their company’s mission. Businesses can improve their stats by meeting four “core needs” of their employees: physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual. Spiritual? Yes! An employee’s spirituality is a significant factor in increasing both their health and commitment to their job. And that’s where churches can help people find more meaning in life and satisfaction in their jobs.
Sermons are nice but not near as important as the things people share with each other during regular times of life, in the middle of the day, sitting at work, or visiting at home. Some of those listeners will never walk into a church, so the words they hear about how God loves them, coming from their friends and neighbors, are the most important words that they will hear. That means you’ve got a big job to do!
“Conflict raises important issues to the surface. It is how you manage conflict or don’t manage it that can make it a problem.” That tells us that conflict handled with maturity can lead to blessings, but it’s the immature kind of conflict that we can’t stand
When I was a kid, I really enjoyed Legos. Many hours were spent on the floor combing through piles of pieces, hunting for the exact shape and shade I needed to complete the next step in assembling whatever spaceship or castle I was constructing that day. Then, when completed, the playing began as my imagination […]
Thomas Jefferson is one of our most founding-est of Founding Fathers. He wrote the Declaration of Independence, and he was a master of agriculture, architecture, and many other subjects. He was also a very devoted follower of Jesus’ teachings. So why did his political opponents in 1800 call him a “howling atheist”? Well, probably because of things like this: he cut out parts of the Bible!
I think I’m too busy to celebrate Easter. I’ve got too much stuff to do. As I write this, I’ve got a sick kid next to me who’s home from school, which means lots of tending to him and less working. (As long as he doesn’t throw up on the carpet, I’ll be all right.) […]
As a concerned parent who worries about my young kids, we talk about “stranger danger,” because I don’t want them to get hurt. But as a devoted Christian who wants to do what God wants me to, I remember that the Bible says to welcome strangers because you might be welcoming angels (Heb. 13:2). Is there a middle ground between those two extremes?
Do we, as a church, care about people who are struggling financially, either in our community or around our state? Do we care about families who can’t afford to properly feed and clothe their kids? If not, then we can just move on. But if we do care about them, then here are important things we […]
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