Starting January 6, we will be living in Paul's letter to the believers in Ephesus. I want to challenge us to live into the truth of the great song we often sing, No Longer Slaves. If Jesus is setting us free . . . we can tangibly see the ways in which we are different; no longer needing to be captive to opinions, fear, idols, and insecurity. For those that like to read and study ahead of time (also find the reading plan in our app):
Why Aren’t You Doing That?
Although he was born Jewish, Matt Simon never really took to the Jewish faith. It was always something that was more important to others – like his grandparents. He attended temple twice a year for the high holidays and had his Bar Mitzvah at 13, but the Jewish faith was never a true part of his life Sometime later, Matt married a Catholic woman who had grown up with Catholicism her whole life, and so they decided to raise their two kids in the Catholic faith. He attended church with his wife and kids on the few occasions that they attended, but never really felt a part of the Catholic Church. When the kids were a little older he made a decision to convert to Catholicism as he felt that he wanted to…
Why Homosexuality Is Not Like Other Sins
Homosexuality is not the only sin prohibited in the Bible, but it is different from all the rest, at least right now. And we have really good news for homosexuals.
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What Does Christ's Church Do?
What to do when your church changes
These days in my retirement ministry, most of the churches where I’m invited to preach have these things in common… –Almost no man wears a necktie or suit. –On the platform you find all kinds of musical instruments. –Huge screens are mounted on the front walls, where the words of songs and scripture are projected. –Many people in the congregation read Scripture from their phones. –Worship leaders are often wearing jeans and sneakers. –In the announcements, you hear of mission trips to foreign countries, regardless of the size of the church. –Fewer and fewer hymns are being sung, and when the old ones are brought out, they’re given new treatments. Mostly, though, what’s being sung in worship was written in the past 10 or 12 years. –Churches announce on their outside signs “blended”…
Top 25 Hymns Lutherans Love to Sing
The worship arts department keeps track of the music that is sold, downloaded, and licensed. Based upon that information these are the top twenty-five hymns that Lutherans love to sing. Are your favorites listed here? What are your favorite hymns to sing Hymn Title 656/657 725 525 556 922 594 461 533 685 655 465 617 395 449/450 805 790 332 636 644 Lois Just As I Am Without One Plea? At the Lamb’s High Feast We Sing? Chief of Sinners? I Come, O Savior, to Thy Table? Love Divine, All Loves Excelling? Abide with Me? Come, Thou Fount of ev’ry blessing? Go to dark Gethsemane? What a friend we have in Jesus? My hope is built on nothing less? See This Wonder in the Making? I’d like to vote for a top…
Why Go to Church?
We live in a fast-paced digital age. News is distilled into soundbites. Thirty-second commercials leave us feeling that a two-minute video is long. We expect our internet service to be max speed. We grow impatient even as our microwave ovens quickly warm up our food. Electronic devices are all around us—we use them for work, play, learning, relaxation, communication, relationships and even worship. What is the impact of all of this on our church-going experience?
Why we will no longer be a welcoming church
We’ve decided to quit being a welcoming church. No kidding. We’re giving it up. Like so many congregations, we’ve sunk an amazing amount of time and energy into becoming a welcoming church. We changed worship styles, trained greeters and ushers, wore name tags, brewed coffee, went to workshops on hospitality and put our friendliest people …