For about 400 years, the place of worship for the Israelites was a tent. Perhaps it is better known as the Tabernacle. Throughout their wilderness trek, during the infancy of their existence as a nation, and during the reign of two of their kings, Israel called a tent their place of worship. Only when Solomon … Continue reading The Lord is in His Holy Temple
Church growth guru Thom Rainer wrote an article this week entitled, “Urgent Church: Nine Changes We Must Make or Die.” During our weekly staff meeting we discussed it in the context of us – How are we doing in regards to this list? As we discussed it, I kept looking the list over and noticed … Continue reading Nine Values for Pursuing Congregational Life
The United Nations has published a report indexing the happiness levels of 155 countries in the world. This year the place to live is Norway. Denmark came in second, followed by Iceland, Switzerland, and Finland. was registered as the happiest country on the planet; Zimbabwe came in dead last. Just slightly above the average was the … Continue reading The Biblical and Psychological Significance of Joy
“Well, if they would just get out of their comfort zone.” “I just need to get out of my comfort zone.” "Let’s work to get out of our comfort zones.” Where in the world did the idea of “comfort zone” come from? I can tell you where it did not come from: the Bible. No … Continue reading Comfort Zone
When I was young, my dad taught my sister and me a little Spanish. Not a lot, but things like counting to twenty, how to say "milk," "spoon," and other household items. One thing we learned to say after a meal was, “ya acabe gracias a Dios.” I still don’t know exactly what it means … Continue reading Con Hambre Comes Todo
I can remember as a kid that Valentine’s Day was always exciting and fun because we would tape paper bags to our desks and exchange Valentine’s Day cards. I was always hopeful for that card which read “Secret Admirer.” However, the older I get, the less I enjoy some holidays. Valentine’s Day is one of … Continue reading Valentine’s Day
Perhaps you’ve seen the bumper stickers or tee-shirts: “It’s not a religion, it’s a relationship.” You may have seen the viral YouTube video of Jefferson Bethke, a 20-something year old member of the Mars Hill Church in St. Auburn, Washington, in which he, in poetic fashion, explains why he hates religion but loves Jesus. I … Continue reading Love Jesus, Hate Religion?
An article came out sometime ago entitled “Will Science Someday Rule Out the Possibility of God?” It was written by Natalie Wolchover of LiveScience.com who reports in part: “Much of what once seemed mysterious — the existence of humanity, the life-bearing perfection of Earth, the workings of the universe — can now be explained by biology, … Continue reading Ruling Out God
You have probably heard of the legendary Fountain of Youth – a spring of water that restores youth to the aged. Apparently, in the 16th century, this legend was all the rage and a conquistador named Juan Ponce de Leon launched an expedition in search of this fountain. Although he was one of the first … Continue reading The Fountain of Youth Discovered!
Dear Santa, Well another year has passed and I’ve tried to be a good boy all year. Since you’re coming to town in just a few days I wanted to let you know what I want for Christmas this year. I’m rolling out a new theme for 2017 and I was hoping you could stuff … Continue reading Dear Santa