There Is No Other Stream

Note: This is the manuscript from the first talk presented at Narnia’s Lantern Way: A Worldview Conference for the Whole Family, hosted at Discovery Church. There was an error in the video recording process and so the manuscript is presented here for anyone interested. John 3:1-16 “Now there was a man of the Pharisees namedContinue reading “There Is No Other Stream”

Why Yes, I Do Believe That Happened

So, in this modern and “enlightened” age, one of the things that you may have heard, even in a church, is that all those goofy Old Testament stories about prophets getting swallowed by big fish and mobile zoos surviving global floods are all made up. They say that they’re important stories but they’re important inContinue reading “Why Yes, I Do Believe That Happened”

9 Ways To Feel More Connected To Your Church

It can be a real challenge to feel connected to your church in this busy age. Not only is it busy there is also an information overload. Our inbox is loaded with easily dismissed messages and we’re constantly bombarded by entertainment and advertising. Not only that, when we come to church we might be soContinue reading “9 Ways To Feel More Connected To Your Church”

Informing The Conscience: Why you CAN watch “The Chosen” but MIGHT not want to.

To avoid any unnecessary and unhappy skerfuffling let me be clear up front: I have NO objections to someone watching “The Chosen”. None. Zip. Nada. Zilch. If I thought anyone cared what the Greek word for “no” is I’d type that here too. Ok, ok, it’s “ouk”. The Greek word for “no” is “ouk”. IContinue reading “Informing The Conscience: Why you CAN watch “The Chosen” but MIGHT not want to.”

A Primer on Deacons Part 1

The church is the “household of God” (1 Timothy 3:15) and like all the households of God’s design it has order and purpose. Elders and Deacons are part of this order and purpose. To some, it might seem like “organizational drudgery” to talk about church structures and offices, etc. But, ultimately, elders and deacons areContinue reading “A Primer on Deacons Part 1”

Mission Vision Values Debrief

Item 1 (Pastor Cory): What is the church? One Definition: A redeemed people, called by God in Jesus Christ, to regularly assemble for ministry (service) to God, to one another, and to the world. Here’s what our Church Constitution says: We exist to glorify God in worship (John 4:23), strengthen believers in Christian nurture andContinue reading “Mission Vision Values Debrief”

The Weightiness of Music Ministry

What Is This Event? The Weightiness of Worship is an event designed for anyone who wants to know more about what the Bible teaches us about the place of congregational singing in church life. This is a workshop and time of fellowship that is especially designed to equip worship teams in small churches (churches ofContinue reading “The Weightiness of Music Ministry”

What’s So Great About A Church Covenant?

If you’re like me you cringe when things feel overly or pointlessly formal. But, over the years, I’ve learned to see that things can be formal AND joyful at the same time (the most obvious example would be a wedding). I never expected it, but one of my favorite things about an annual church meetingContinue reading “What’s So Great About A Church Covenant?”

Theological Survey: What Child Is This?

I think some of the most deeply theological hymns are Advent Hymns. But rather than prove that, let’s just look at one of them shall we? What Child is This?Verse 1: What Child is this who laid to restOn Mary’s lap is sleeping?Whom angels greet with anthems sweetWhile shepherds watch are keeping Refrain:This, this isContinue reading “Theological Survey: What Child Is This?”

How Do I Honor Parents That I Disagree With?

We all know the holidays can be fraught with all kinds of relational conflict. By God’s grace this is not the case for everyone. It could be worse. But still, we live in a fallen world where even faithful, bible believing Christians dread the holidays because of the drama. This may be even more likelyContinue reading “How Do I Honor Parents That I Disagree With?”