Where is this peace on earth I hear so much about?

Yesterday we talked about the peace that Jesus makes available for all mankind. In our Softer Sunday service we sang this classic Christmas hymn. And as we were singing I was struck by the despair in the third verse. This song was written during the American Civil War. A time when the nation was beingContinue reading “Where is this peace on earth I hear so much about?”

Theology of Poverty

I fell into a Facebook debate the other day. I don’t know how it happened, it just did. Anyway, the debate revolved around poverty and being a Christian. At one point someone said, “Poverty is a horrible testimony.” This statement floored me because it seems to mean that Jesus who didn’t seem to have aContinue reading “Theology of Poverty”

Grace and Fairness

Read the story of Noah this morning. And in the story it says, “Noah found favor in the sight of the LORD.” In the middle of all kinds of human depravity and wickedness, Moses somehow found favor, grace, in God’s sight. When reading stories like Noah’s we tend to put in all the reasons thatContinue reading “Grace and Fairness”

Christmas is here

Tonight we got our Campus ready for our Christmas Sunday Services.  We are going to be doing four services on Sunday the 23rd.  CRAZY! It’s amazing to think about how much God has done over the last three and a half years since we moved into our Mountlake Terrace Campus.  This is our fourth ChristmasContinue reading “Christmas is here”

Work In Progress

I’m never done.  It seems that as soon as I finish one project it leads to another.  Sometimes that’s incredibly frustrating.  Sometimes I just want to look at all of done and say, “It’s finished, it’s complete.”  That will never happen though.  And I’m ok with that.  I’m ok with it because as a pastorContinue reading “Work In Progress”

Better Together

There are some things that are great on their own.  Peanut Butter for instance.  It’s amazing.  But then Mister Reese came a long and said, “you know what this could use?  A delicious coat of chocolate.” And with that the first recipient of the Nobel Peace prize was . . . what?  Oh I guessContinue reading “Better Together”

Why Are We So Afraid?

The other day I was thinking about the various things that the Church is crying out against in American society.  I talked with someone about a documentary he wanted me to watch about the rise of Islam, and he said, “it’s scary, scary stuff.”  That has just stuck with me. Why are we so afraid?Continue reading “Why Are We So Afraid?”

Missional Spirituality (Review)

Missional is a buzzword in the North American Church.  It’s a buzzword with a lot of ambiguity.  What does it mean to be missional?  What is a missional church?  What is a missional follower of Jesus?  These are all questions that church leaders are asking.  And there are many resources that are trying to provideContinue reading “Missional Spirituality (Review)”

Brothers, we are all broken

My heart is hurting for people who have been deeply hurt by a church in my area.  As a leader in a church I know that it is not hard to offend someone.  As someone who goes to a church I know that it is not hard to be offended. But the stories that IContinue reading “Brothers, we are all broken”