It's easy to say "I believe that", but in most situations we are talking about things that we agree with. Is that what the bible means by faith? Mental agreement with someone's argument or saying? I was talking to someone recently, and they raised something they believed about a church I know , based upon never actually going to that church, nor ever investigating the thing they were so confidently claiming to find out if it really was the case. This form of "belief" is preva
On Sunday, we explored the biblical reality that God has been personally present with humans through human history. Whether it was individual humans like Abraham and Moses, nations like Israel, and now throughout the whole Earth through the Church, God's great desire and plan is to be present to His whole Creation, and especially to us, His image bearers (see Genesis 1:26-27). That Making Room for Jesus, a core expression of our vision for 2021 as a church, is all about Makin
How would you finish this sentence: "What the world needs right now is..." Would you say: more peace. more civility. more tolerance. more forgiveness. better leadership. It's certainly a conversation allot of people are having right now. And everyone seems to have an opinion. For us who follow Jesus, the most crucial question to ask is - how would Jesus end this statement? What's In A Name? We're preparing our hearts to celebrate Christmas - particularly the birth of Christ.
"...Give your servant success today by granting him favor in the presence of this man." [Nehemiah 1:11] I've been fascinated with how people grow all my life. It's why I studied psychology, and it's been why I've loved being involved in church - to the point of planting a church. I've been reading recently researching a psychologists work modelling how people and groups intentionally change. And I've found it both fascinating, and deeply connected to how God works. The model
First, a recap Over the past 5 weeks, we have been exploring the different stages we experience when going through change and different strategies to cope with these changes. "Neither the pillar of cloud by day nor the pillar of fire by night left its place in front of the people." - Exodus 13:22 We began with recognizing the grief that occurs when situations change and we have to mourn what we have lost. We discussed the importance of recognizing the impact that something ma