Calling

Sunday, November 04, 2018: To Jesus, You Are Something Better Than Useful

And as he passed by, he saw Levi the son of Alphaeus sitting at the tax booth, and he said to him, “Follow me.” And he rose and followed him. (Mark 2:14) The world assesses a man’s value based on his apparent usefulness to its causes. It asks of the individual, “What can you do to advance such-and-such agenda?” Whether in politics, business, or sometimes even churches, people are too often treated as if they are cogs in some vast machine—there to “get stuff done” until they burn out in a fit of frustration and resentment. But Jesus shows us a different way. (Read More)

October 30, 2018 // 0 Comments

Sunday, September 30, 2018: Two Life-Changing Blessings You’ve Received in Christ

And when Jesus was baptized, immediately he went up from the water, and behold, the heavens were opened to him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming to rest on him; and behold, a voice from heaven said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.” (Matthew 3:16–17) God’s nature was revealed at Christ’s baptism. Jesus rose up from the waters of the Jordan, the Holy Spirit descended upon Him, and a Voice bellowed from heaven, referring to the baptized as His own beloved Son. What was once shrouded in divine mystery is made manifest; now, at (Read More)

September 26, 2018 // 1 Comment

Sunday, May 06, 2018: The Key to Enjoying Church

…in your thinking be mature. (1 Corinthians 14:20) Worship leader and scholar Chip Stam once said, “A mature Christian is easily edified.” This means that people who are advancing in Christian maturity will probably find it much easier to enjoy church than people who are not. Immature Christians tend to want gathered worship to scratch their particular itch. They often assume that things like music, preaching, and kids ministry ought to adhere to their expectations and preferences; and when they don’t, church is hard to enjoy. On the other hand, mature Christians are (Read More)

May 2, 2018 // 0 Comments

Sunday, March 25, 2018: How Gathered Worship Puts Us in Touch with Our Identity

“Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children.” (Ephesians 5:1) When getting to know someone, it’s common to be asked, So what do you do? That question is an implicit inquiry about your career or lifestyle. In response, you’re expected to say something like: “I’m a stay-at-home mom.” Or: “I’m a marketing consultant.”  More than simple curiosity, though, this familiar question reveals something profound—that what we do tends to define us. Our career, lifestyle, ambitions, relationships—these things often provide for us (Read More)

March 21, 2018 // 0 Comments