“Good Morning!” said Bilbo, and he meant it. .. “What do you mean?” Gandalf said. “Do you wish me a good morning, or mean that it is a good morning whether I want it or not; or that you…

The Meaningful Mess of Membership - Part 3

In this last post my hope is that church membership would be seen as a meaningful and necessary aspect of Christian life flowing out of our identity in Christ and Christ’s purpose for us. Identity: Body of Christ & Family…

The Meaningful Mess of Membership - Part 1

Membership has fallen on hard times. Throughout American history membership in a local church was unquestioned and largely viewed as a great privilege, but today it has fallen into disrepute. Fewer than half of Americans who regularly attend church services…

Why Plant Churches.

In my sermon this past Sunday I mentioned something that strikes fear into the hearts of some, while filling others with great excitement – church planting. This idea has circulated in, through, and around our church for years, since our…

This review is a response to Jenell Williams Paris’ book, The End of Sexual Identity: Why Sex is Too Important to Define. Her book is an in-depth review and critique of the sexual identity phenomenon. Here she examines its roots,…