Sunday, May 17, 2015: Liberating Sunday from the Enterprise of Earning

For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision counts for anything, but only faith working through love. (Galatians 5:6) Putting God in Our Debt We live, move, and have our being within a world of merit. If you study harder, you get better grades. If you work longer hours, you make more money. If you outperform the other players, you’ll make the team and they’ll get cut. In other words, earning is the air we breathe. And so we establish our lives around the concept that if we can only boost our sweat equity, we’ll get more out of life. In fact, this whole (Read More)

May 13, 2015 // 1 Comment

Sunday, May 10, 2015: The Missionary Impulse of True Worship (Part 4)

Let the peoples praise you, O God; let all the peoples praise you! (Psalm 67:3) The world is starving for real glory. It comes with the kit of being human. For better or worse, everyone, without exception, has their own idea of what glory looks like. And thus no one is without their own fill-in-the-blank to the statement, “If I could just _______.” The evidence of our intrinsic longing for bonafide glory is etched in the reality that we can’t not fill in that doggone blank. There’s always something to want, something to desire, something to daydream (Read More)

May 6, 2015 // 0 Comments

Sunday, May 03, 2015: The Missionary Impulse of True Worship (Part 3)

“The earth has yielded its increase; God, our God, shall bless us. God shall bless us; let all the ends of the earth fear him!” (Psalm 67:6-7) “The issue can no longer be evaded. It is becoming clearer every day that the most urgent problem besetting our Church is this: How can we live the Christian life in the modern world?” (Dietrich Bonhoeffer) In case you haven’t noticed, the world is changing rapidly. From views on marriage and family to the increasing digitalization of social interaction, things we took for granted twenty years ago are being revised (Read More)

April 28, 2015 // 0 Comments

Sunday, April 26, 2015: The Missionary Impulse of True Worship (Part 2)

Let the nations be glad and sing for joy, for you judge the peoples with equity and guide the nations upon earth. Let the peoples praise you, O God; let all the peoples praise you! (Psalm 67:4-5) I’ll go ahead and admit it, I am sometimes scared of the future. And, if I had to guess, I’d say you are, too. So let’s just put all this on the table and say from the outset that we are fearful people. We are anxious, panicky, and restless because we want to be in control. Fear often hijacks our thought life and steals our sleep. We’ve all stayed awake at night, (Read More)

April 22, 2015 // 0 Comments

Sunday, April 19, 2015: The Missionary Impulse of True Worship (Part 1)

May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face to shine upon us, that your way may be known on earth, your saving power among all nations. Let the peoples praise, O God; let all the peoples praise you! (Psalm 67:1-3) A number of years ago, I was part of a small team that visited a para-church missions ministry based out of a major city in the south. We were there to hear from the leader of the organization about its vision, values, and strategy for global impact. When we arrived, he introduced himself and proceeded to play a short video, outlining the purpose of the ministry he (Read More)

April 14, 2015 // 0 Comments

Sunday, April 12, 2015: Repenting Our Way into Greater Delight

“Come now, let us reason together, says the LORD: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool. If you are willing and obedient, you shall eat the good of the land; but if you refuse and rebel, you shall be eaten by the sword; for the mouth of the LORD has spoken.” (Isaiah 1:18-20) There is significant tension in our city right now. No one can deny that things have been heated lately as the SOGI ordinance has been put to a vote. Bold political signs that have occupied front (Read More)

April 6, 2015 // 0 Comments

Sunday, April 05, 2015: “I Am the Resurrection and the Life”

I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this? (John 11:25-26) For the Lord himself will descend from heaven and the dead in Christ will rise first. (1 Thessalonians 4:16) During my sophomore year of high school, I had a near-death experience. It was a car accident. My friend and I barreled through a yellow light and were clipped by a truck. Attempting to avoid said truck, we lost control, flipped, and rolled several times. I vividly remember the feeling of that (Read More)

April 1, 2015 // 0 Comments

Sunday, March 29, 2015: Pacesetters of Gospel Gladness

“I have set the LORD always before me; because he is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken. Therefore my heart is glad, and my whole being rejoices; my flesh also dwells secure. You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” –Psalm 16:8-9, 11 In ninth grade, I made the school basketball team. At the time, it was a dream come true for me. I remember the coaches congratulating me for making the team, and I can recall the sense of pride that came with such an accomplishment. However, my (Read More)

March 25, 2015 // 0 Comments

A Night at the Cross (Liturgy for LifePoint’s Good Friday Gathering)

Two thousand years ago, the God-Man Jesus Christ was betrayed into the hands of sinners (Mat. 26:45). He was tried, beaten, mocked, and crucified. The event of His death is the sole foundation of the Christian faith. And ever since, Christians have observed His sufferings on a day that has come to be known as Good Friday. So join us for A Night at the Cross–an evening of teaching, singing, praying, and coming to the Lord’s Table to remember His sacrifice for us. You can view more information and sign up for child care (kids 3 and under) on theCity. Liturgy for Friday, April 03, 2015: (Read More)

March 18, 2015 // 0 Comments

Sunday, March 22, 2015: The Only Boast That Matters

Thus says the LORD: “Let not the wise man boast in his wisdom, let not the mighty man boast in his might, let not the rich man boast in his riches, but let him who boasts boast in this, that he understands and knows me, that I am the LORD who practices steadfast love, justice, and righteousness in the earth. For in these things I delight, declares the LORD.” (Jeremiah 9:23-24) We live in an age of constant boasting. Twitter, Facebook and Instagram provide us with a platform through which we relentlessly show off the most impressive moments of our lives to a list of pixilated (Read More)

March 17, 2015 // 0 Comments