I can remember a day when I would watch the adults around me parenting their young children. I’d be in church, looking on from a distance and I would, honestly, marvel. I would think, “Man…look at those parents…they’re such idiots.” You know how it is. When you’re twenty-five you’re a genius. But then you becomeContinue reading “How Not To Be Harsh With Your Children”
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”
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”
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”
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.”
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”
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”
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”
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?”
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?”
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