Beginnings :: Numbers

Beginnings :: Numbers

This past weekend, Jael and I took a late-anniversary/early-Seminary-graduation getaway to Waco, Texas. We’ve been fans of the HGTV show ‘Fixer Upper’ for a while, and so we finally took the plunge to skip town for a few days for a pilgrimage to the town that hosts Baylor, Magnolia Market, and an eerily similar history… Continue Reading

Beginnings :: Leviticus

Beginnings :: Leviticus

What’s the deal with Leviticus?? If you have been able to keep up with your weekly readings in our Immerse: Beginnings reading campaign, you should be knee-deep in Leviticus when you read this blog. Which means of course that you are also likely to either be tempted to skip ahead to Numbers or simply give… Continue Reading

Beginnings :: Exodus 16-40

Beginnings :: Exodus 16-40

How important are the Ten Commandments for Christians? In recent years, the Ten Commandments have become a flash-point for contemporary culture wars concerning the place and role of religion in the public square. More and more public and governmental buildings are taking down plaques and statues with the Ten Commandments written upon them. Many Christians… Continue Reading

Beginnings :: Exodus 1 – 15

Beginnings :: Exodus 1 – 15

What kind of man or woman is God seeking to use to change the world? Even a cursory reading of the bible and church history will demonstrate that the way in which God accomplishes His work in the world is to raise up men and women whom will join His cause and surrender their lives… Continue Reading

Beginnings :: Genesis 12-50

Beginnings :: Genesis 12-50

How do we grow in faith, trust and obedience to God? This week as we continue our journey through the Pentateuch, we will look together at the life of Abraham. Abraham’s story is not only foundational for grasping the rest of the biblical story (not to mention our faith in Christ!), but he also provides… Continue Reading

Beginnings :: Genesis 1-11

Beginnings :: Genesis 1-11

What has gone wrong with the world and what is God doing to fix it? Have you ever wondered how the world around us got to be so messed up? Why there is so much pain, disappointment, injustice and evil? Have you ever wondered why God has allowed things to get so out of control… Continue Reading

Immerse Beginnings :: Kick-off

Immerse Beginnings :: Kick-off

Why read the Pentateuch? As some of you may recall, last January we did an eight-week reading campaign through the whole New Testament called Immerse: Messiah. In doing so, we used study bibles offered by our denomination, met each week in our Home Groups to discuss the readings together, and the messages on Sunday followed… Continue Reading

Out of Darkness :: Peace

Out of Darkness :: Peace

  What will the “not yet” of our salvation in Christ be like? This Sunday as we conclude our Advent series, “Out of Darkness”, we will explore the second half of the interpretive dynamic I introduced last week called the “already/not yet” of our salvation experience in Jesus Christ.  Last week we saw how the… Continue Reading

Out of Darkness :: Joy

Out of Darkness :: Joy

How do you maintain joy in the midst of a dark and dangerous world? We are in a new Advent series called “Out of Darkness” in which we are learning how the birth of Christ (Christmas!) offers us genuine hope, faith, peace and joy in the midst of the dark trials in life. Last week… Continue Reading

Out Of Darkness :: Faith

Out Of Darkness :: Faith

What is the “light” that Jesus brings to our world? Last week we kicked off our new Advent series called “Out of Darkness”. The purpose of this series is for us as a church to better understand how the birth of Christ (Christmas!) offers us genuine hope, faith, peace and joy in the midst of… Continue Reading

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