A few months back I was talking to a friend about his adjustment to married life. He told me a funny story about how his wife wanted to surprise him with brownies. Brownies, that sounds pretty awesome. Who wouldn't want to be surprised by sweet chocolaty goodness? It was a caring gesture and without hesitation, my friend obliged his bride by eating one of these chocolate delights.
In 1915 Peter L. Jensen invented the first moving coil loudspeaker, and his invention is still used today. Every Sunday a group of amazing and dedicated volunteers put four of them up at Curley so we can have sound amplification. You can have your face melted off by your favorite guitar riff or belt to your new summer jam because of the loudspeaker. It’s an amazing invention that has allowed people to hear and experience wonderful speeches like Dr. King’s “I have a dream,” and music like Queens, “Bohemian Rhapsody.”
Redemption for the atheist is annihilation. It’s in this annihilation that "…humiliation you suffer in your life will be forgotten. Every mistake you made will not matter in the end. Every bad thing you did will be voided. If our life is all we get to experience, then it's the only thing that matters. If the universe has no principles, the only principles…
As a parent, you do things for your kids that you know they’ll hate, and quite honestly… you’ll probably hate too. But you do them for their good. You do them because you’re an adult and adults do hard things, even when they don’t want to. One of these things for us is bringing our third born Levi to the dentist.
On August 29th, 2005, after strengthening over the Gulf of Mexico, Hurricane Katrina made its second and third landfalls over the states of Mississippi and Louisiana. It devastated Gulf Port Mississippi and then during the next few days as the waters rose, it overwhelmed the levee system of New Orleans and flooded the city and the surrounding area. As a result, more than 1800 people died, and 10’s of 1000’s were displaced by the evacuation.
The artist Banksy is nothing if not controversial. You may have seen his images in the wild or, most likely, you’ve seen them on the internet. Banksy's most famous stencil painting is the girl letting go of the heart balloon. Recently, he was in the news for a painting sold at auction that halfway shredded at the drop of the gavel… and doubled its value!
One of the least culturally attractive doctrines of Christianity comes from the mouth of Jesus himself.
“I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. John 14:6
Jesus is claiming that there is only one true way to God. For our culture, this idea smacks of arrogance and ignorance. People have asked me things like, “You’re telling me all the devout people in religion X are going to hell?”
It was spring semester 2007, I had a flip phone in my pocket, and my professor was waxing eloquent about a new iPod phone. He asked the question, “Who needs an iPod that calls people?” While it’s hard to imagine now, we all laughed, because the idea of a cellphone from Apple seemed silly at the time.
Carl Sagan said, "The cosmos is all that is, or ever was, or ever will be." We live in a city where the predominant worldview is philosophical materialism. The only thing that really exists is that which you can sense, observe, and test. While nihilism can offer us absolute autonomy (No one’s in charge, yay us!), it cannot offer us hope.
Tomorrow we finish our series Rhythms. Rhythms has been all about beginning habits in the new year that move you closer to Christ. We’ve covered a lot: Scripture reading, community, generosity, worship, and Sunday we’re adding one more. While I think each one of those rhythms is needed in the Christian life, it can become overwhelming to try and start them all at the same time.
Clive didn’t grow up a generous person, but all that changed when he came to follow Christ. As he searched the Scriptures he discovered the beauty of a generous heart. He became abundantly hospitable. While fighting in World War I Clive and his friend Paddie made a promise to each other. If one of them were to die, they would take care of the other’s mother. Paddie was killed in battle…
Well, it's been a while. We hate we weren't able to have worship last Sunday because of the storm, but we're back this week!
We're right in the middle of our series on spiritual rhythms that have the potential to change your life in 2019. Each sermon stands on its own, so even if you missed a week, you won't have any problem hopping right in on this Sunday. Of course, we keep all our sermons on the website if you'd like to go back and listen.
Besides being a really great typist, my brother is an incredible drummer. Seriously. Maybe they're related? Anyway, in high school and college, we had a pop-punk band together called Grade A, and had some amazing times.
I spent Christmas with my family. We shared a house with my brother’s family. It was great to catch up. One of the random conversations we had was about typing speed. I’m convinced that typing as we currently know it will not be a thing in a decade or two. You’ll either dictate everything or use your thumbs on a screen. Keyboards will be special tools used by programers and old people like me. He didn’t agree…
Maybe you've noticed this too? This time of year you often see people you haven't in a while either by traveling home, or a family picture posted on social media, or an old-fashioned Christmas card. Often times I realize how many years have passed since I last saw family or friends by the size or number of their children…