We are very blessed to live in a free country, where we are free to worship without fear for our lives. But what if we didn’t? What if we lived in a country where religious minorities suffered abuse and persecution? Most people would just worry about surviving. But is there any way to have an active, effective witness for the love of Christ amidst such hostility? (Hint: YES!)
Jesus said, “Anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it” (Luke 18:17). We often paraphrase that into a reminder to have “faith like a child.” So what might that involve? Well kids are wonderfully imaginative, so should we have a more imaginative faith?
One of the more popular laments these days is that the country/culture/society/people just aren’t as good as they used to be. There’s usually a line like, “People these days just don’t ________ like they used to.” One example among Christians is, “People don’t go to church like they used to.” Whether you think the way society has changed is good or bad, what isn’t debatable is that church attendance in America has indeed been declining drastically since the ’90s. Should that bother us? And if so, how?
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 […]
I loved the children’s message Sharon did a few weeks ago, when she held some pencils and asked, “What do they have in common?” The answer: all their erasers had been used up, so the people who used them must have made a lot of mistakes. And in life, we all make mistakes. But through […]
Even though it’s already printed here in the newsletter, I want to repeat the church’s newly-crafted mission statement: The mission of Hickory Rock is to show our love for God through worship, prayer, service, and fellowship, as we proclaim God’s love for all people, encouraging them to grow in the hope, peace, and joy of […]
It’s hard to believe, but as I write this, one year ago today I was writing my very first pastor’s column for the church newsletter, and I had only been on the job for 2 weeks. I was still trying to learn everyone’s name at that point! Here’s what I wrote in the opening paragraph […]
Is it me, or do we have a lot of stuff going on at church? Well, it’s not just me, because we do have lots of stuff going on, and it’s wonderful! I look over the different announcements and events in this newsletter, and I’m excited by all that we do as a church. God’s […]