Wednesday, October 7, 2009 • 4:30 pm
We’re all familiar with this phrase:
The grass is greener on the other side of the fence.
It may or may not be true but often times if not most of the times, it’s because we spend most of our time dreaming, coveting, envying, complaining, wishing, stop caring, and before you know it, we stop watering the grass on your side.
You may eventually get to the other side of the fence but for now:
Water the da*n grass on this side of the fence.
Here’s the sermon from this past Sunday about 10 things that Build Community. This is the sermon in response to the Things that Destroy Community. This goes about 58+ minutes long and I wished I could have gone a tad longer to flesh out a few more things but I made a pact in blood w/ our other staff to end at a responsible time. And I barely made it this Sunday.
And a short clip about ‘Watering the Grass on This Side':
Here are the 10 contextual points I shared: Read the rest of this entry »
Filed under: church, Jesus, pastors, quest church, bible, community, fellowship, preaching
Thursday, September 3, 2009 • 6:14 pm
What is worship? And what does it mean to be a worshipper?
After teaching through the Book of Acts for the past two years, and relishing in the years we studied and taught through Genesis and Exodus, and seeing this Truth throughout the narrative of the Story of God in a book known to us as the Bible, it has become clear[er] to me what worship is.
Worship is acknowledging that not only is there a God but that this God, the one True God, the Infinite God…is not just merely propositional but personal. We know that this God is personal because we know that this God becomes personal when God chooses to be consumed by the very flesh and bone that consume our essence and chooses to become anthropos.
He chooses to become one of us though His Son, Jesus Christ, and in a world of constant and extravagant upward mobility, God does the unthinkable and becomes one of us, dwells with us, walks with us, and ultimately, dies for us. Jesus…Amazing. Truly amazing.
Worship then is acknowledging that not only is there this Personal and Infinite God but Read the rest of this entry »
Filed under: christianity, seattle, bible, church, Holy Spirit, Jesus, worship
Wednesday, September 2, 2009 • 12:01 am
Let me begin by asking a simple question:
What Bible translation do you use and why?
As a pastor and wanna be theologian, I have, read, and use countless bibles and various translations in my bookshelves. Couple years ago, I made the switch to the TNIV as my primary devotional bible reading. Prior to that, I was using mostly the NIV and NRSV. Our pastoral staff (and even our denominational tribe, the ECC) also began teaching from the TNIV as part of our ongoing commitment to exegetical preaching.
I know that the TNIV is not a perfect translation. Regardless what folks may think, there is no perfect translation but like other translations I read and respect, the TNIV is a scholarly and faithful translation of the Holy Scriptures. And while no translation of the Scriptures should be held hostage to any particular agendas, I very much appreciated its willingness to take gender inclusivity as one of numerous important considerations.
Listen to what I’m saying carefully: The TNIV is not about gender inclusivity but sadly, it was pegged and even advertised as such. The TNIV is about the Holy Scriptures foremost. And while others will strongly disagree, I find it difficult for translations NOT to take into account for appropriate gender neutrality and inclusivity…which is why I was very disappointed to read yesterday that the TNIV will be abandoned and cited as a “mistake” by its publishers.
The cultural landscape of evangelicalism and mainstream Christianity can sometimes be schizophrenic. Read the rest of this entry »
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Thursday, May 28, 2009 • 2:23 pm
Please don’t misunderstand me. I am a thankful citizen of this country. I’m thankful for my liberties. I vote. I pay my taxes. I know the capital of Nebraska. I even like Garth Brooks.
And I’m also a pastor. I love the Scriptures. I love reading it, teaching it, and am often clarified, inspired, humbled, and perplexed by it. But this Bible freaks me out – even while I believe it’s important to pursue the values of Scripture in our society. What are we talking about here: Kingdom or Empire?
But enough of me, I’ve had enough angry emails for the week. Sometimes, the best blog post is letting people share their views:
Watch it. Discuss. What do you think? Read the rest of this entry »
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Thursday, July 10, 2008 • 7:14 am
I like McCain. He’s a hero in my book. Like Obama, he has his blemishes. I will vote this Fall and it will be for either McCain or Obama. I have chosen not to engage in my stupid joke and vote for the shortest candidate…which would have been Kuchinich. But it’s stuff like this that I read from supposed Christian leaders that want to speak for all “evangelicals” that I simply don’t get. In fact, it angers me like crazy.
“The only evangelicals that he’s [Obama] going to win over are those who have never read the Bible,” said Burress, who was one of a handful of conservative leaders who met with McCain on June 26 in Cincinnati.
Even if that was taken out of context, seems incredibly arrogant and divisive. It confirms – again – that the more pertinent question isn’t so much “Do you read your Bible?” but rather, “How do you read, interpret, and live out the Scriptures.”
And remember, I’m 13 hours ahead of you so while you’re discussing, I’m sleeping in my sweat. Be nice. Here’s the full article from Christianity Today: Read the rest of this entry »
Filed under: politics, religion, bible, mccain, obama