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December 11, 2013

Farms, Food, and Faith

Farms, Food, and Faith

“Everybody eats.” There’s no getting around it, but for a long time, many people didn’t think about where their food comes from, but that’s beginning to change. I was reading an article, called “Ministries blending food and faith,” which said this: There’s a dawning awareness among Baptists and other Christians that agriculture, the environment, and theology are […]

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December 4, 2013

Do You Really Need Church?

What would you say if someone asked, “I get why you’re into ‘being spiritual’ and ‘helping people’ and everything, but why bother with Church? Do you really think you need it?” If churches are just places that organize service projects, have book clubs, host fun dinners, and offer support groups, and since you can find all that through other places, then why bother with church at all? Good question. (The short answer is: it helps you remember what you need to know.)

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November 26, 2013

Christianity is for the Dogs

Christianity is for the Dogs

Amazingly, we can learn to be better Christians by studying the evolution of dogs. Weird, right? Apparently, between 12,000 and 40,000 years ago, the wild wolf was domesticated into the common dog. But how did that happen? How did some parts of a species go from ruthless predators to cute fluffy balls of fur that snuggle with us on the couch? And what does that have to do with being a Christian?

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November 22, 2013

More Culture, More Blessing

More Culture, More Blessing

Koinonia is a Greek word that means things like “fellowship, community, communion, joint participation, intimacy, and contribution.” It’s an important word for churches because that’s the kind of spirit a church should have: an intimate participating fellowship held together and guided by God. Koinonia is what God wants the church to look and be like, and I think our church is doing a pretty good job of it.

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November 19, 2013

Where is God When Bad Stuff Happens?

Where is God When Bad Stuff Happens?

When we experience hardship, it is natural to ask “why.” A better question might be to ask “where.” Where is God when bad things happen? It often feels like God is absent during painful times, and that we are alone in darkness. But that is not the case. God is with us. Remembering that and the other things on this list will help us withstand the storms that come our way in life.

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November 13, 2013

A Word from the Pastor

As I type this, there are only about 7 weeks left in 2013. That’s hard to believe, especially since it takes me until November to really get used to the “new” year. (I still think it’s 2012 sometimes.) By the time I can remember what year we’re in, it’s time to change again. So 2014 […]

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November 13, 2013

Things you shouldn’t say?

Folks who go to church all the time their whole life will be fluent in churchy lingo, but others won’t be, so we don’t want to use insider language they don’t understand, especially if it sends a wrong message. New perspectives are very helpful, because they force us not to use hollow language just by habit. Is there a better way we can talk about issues of faith? The main thing young adults don’t like is hollow clichés. So here is a helpful list (I love lists!) of “churchy phrases that are scaring off millennials.”

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November 11, 2013

Do Our Possessions Possess Us?

The Bible verse Obadiah 1:17 can be translated by saying that one day, when God makes all things new, God’s followers will “possess their possessions.” That might sound repetitive, but in actuality, does it ever feel like your possessions own you instead the other way around? They call to you, tempting you to buy them; then you have take care of them, fix them when they break, and give them your attention. But do they make you happy forever, or do they eventually leave you unfulfilled?

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November 5, 2013

Filling the Pews

Last month we started thinking about why there has been a decline in American church attendance the last few decades. In the sermon last Sunday, we heard the words of Jesus–“The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few” (Luke 10:2)–and we applied it to our society today: people are different now, so it’s like there’s a different kind of crop that needs harvesting. This new crop requires different harvesting methods, which the church hasn’t really learned yet.

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November 4, 2013

How should we help people who need it?

How should we help people who need it?

We all know that we should help people who are in need. It was a very important thing to do for God-followers in both the Old and New Testaments. So, if we want to be real God-followers today, we should help people in need too… but how exactly? Good question.

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