Showing posts from September, 2017

Did We Plan to Meet?

Did we plan to meet? Some of life's best experiences begin unexpectedly. The Apostle Philip had a way with people; he was also very sensitive to God's leading. So he finds himself along a major road and headed south out of Jerusalem towards Egypt and Ethiopia. He'll soon discover a divine appointment awaits him.. We're a Community who gathers each Wednesday at 7pm. A spot for truthful reflection, study, and a bastion of grace, accepting those who are single or married, divorced or gay, filthy rich or dirt poor. We welcome you if you sing like Andrea Bocelli or like our pastor. Join us if you are inked, pierced or both. We don't care if you're more Catholic than the Pope or haven't been to church since the last wedding you attended. We want you to lean in if you are a NASCAR guy or a vegan tree hugger. Pharisees. Romans. Prostitutes. Saint or Sinner. All are welcomed...​ #MinMChurch

The historical Creed meets the modern believer...

The Apostles’ Creed & Orthodoxy. The word orthodox may be more foreign to you. It comes from two Greek words meaning right + belief.The word was coined by the early Christians, grafted into early church doctrines, due in part I suppose, because Christianity is first and foremost all about faith. Christianity places a far higher emphasis on right belief than other major world religions. Christianity is, at its core, a belief system that says before you can liveright, you must believeright. Also, the early church has historically made kind of a big deal about doctrine, a word that scares off many an American evangelical. The Apostles’ Creed is a prayer I memorized as a child, is not found in the Bible, but it’s very orthodox, and rooted in church history. It was actually written somewhere around 150 years after the apostles had all died. However, The Apostles' Creed is a good summary of Christian doctrine. It goes like this:  I believe in God, the Fatheralmighty, creator of heaven…


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The Church on the Move

Wed Gathering September 19, 7pm: Cosmic Collusion.  The early church is on the move.  They are captivating and inspiring, an unselfish community  in stark contrast to so many provincial, Americanized churches.  Book of Acts Chapters 3-5 <Click Here>

You told me to go back to the beginning. So I have

For thousands of years, philosophers and theologians have posed questions like: Who am I? Where did I come from? What is my destiny? These questions, asked so often, by so many, suggest that there maybe actual and plausible answers. #princessbride “..You told me to go back to the beginning. So I have.." Inigo Montoya. In the Judeo-Christian creation story it says that we were created in the very “image and likeness” of God: “…Now let Us conceive a new creation—humanity—made in Our image, fashioned according to Our likeness…” The crown of God’s creation is a new creature, a human being, that can resonate the heartbeat of its Creator. God’s creation: human flesh meets God's spirit, divine breath - sculpted earth colliding.
Who and Where and What are the questions of the ages. The reply so simple yet so vexing, so profound so deep: We are sons [daughters] birthed in the heavenlies and ordained to reproduce in our own lives the life and the love and the charity of His only begot…

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Our Misguided Need to Be Coddled

Eating supper at Matthew’s house with his close followers, Jesus overheard some of the religious types trashing his companions, his company of characters, calling them crooks and riffraff. Being quick on his feet and masterful with his tongue he piped-up saying: "...Go figure out what this Scripture means: ‘I’m after mercy, not religion.’ I’m here to invite outsiders, not coddle insiders.” The majority of pastors in America are saddled with one primary task, taking care of the people in the church - - not a bad thing. However, according to the apostle Paul's letter to the church at Ephesus, our pastoral job description includes: " and equipping [and] preparingGod's people for works of service…"  As a pastor, I have a hollow fear in my heart, maybe we have coddled more than challenged. So I Pray that you are not a religious trash talker, nor a pious church insider that needs to be coddled and appeased. That rather you are growing in Christ by serving the…

Come Hell or High H2O-My Heart Surrendered

Come Hell or High Water - My Heart Surrendered, September 6th @ 7pm 
Giving space yet entering in, the delicate balance we are called to engage in..
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Helping Those Who Can't Help Themselves

“God helps those who help themselves”* is probably the most often quoted phrase that is not found in the Bible. The OT prophet wrote: "...What else does the Eternal ask of you; But to live justly and to love kindness and to walk with your True God in all humility?" Micah 6:8. There is no fine print here. God’s promise has no hidden language. No secret decoder ring is necessary. His message is simple - live justly, love kindness and walk with God in humility. And when necessary and in all modesty, confess, I need His hand in this journey called life! Because it takes courage and brave vulnerability to disclose that life is sometimes difficult, and even harder, so much harder, when done alone.
* This saying is usually attributed to Ben Franklin, but it actuality originated  from Algernon Sydney in 1698 in an article titled Discourses Concerning Government.
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