I started reading Jason Dukes’ new book, Live Sent:You Are a Letter a while back, but never finished it because I just got burned out with all the reading and writing I was doing. As I’m on track to start a small group in September, unless God intervenes, I felt that now was the time to get back into the swing of things, and this book was on the top of the list to re-read and finish. I’m only four chapters in and I’m absolutely confident that I can say that this book is vital to Christians who desire to live missionally (or reformissionally, for the Driscollites out there).
Posted in Book Reviews, Live Sent
Tagged Be the church, Body of Christ, Christ, Christianity, Church, Crucifixion, Divine Plan, Evil, God, God's Will, Gospel, Jesus, Live Sent, Living Sent, Missional Living, Pain, Reformission, Reformissional Living, Religion, Sovereignty, Suffering, The Bible, The Cross
Since I was 14 music has played a key role in my life. I never really made it into the musician world due to lack of rhythm and/or coordination, but I have always loved how music can make or break a movie, set an atmosphere, make rush hour traffic almost tolerable, and even set the mood for a church service. This can be done through instrumental pieces alone, or by compelling lyrics to drive home the message the pastor delivered. One of the things that I love about being a member of The Village Church is their commitment to not only have excellent musicians, but deep theology in the lyrics of the songs they choose when leading us in worship. Which is why I am elated about the release of their new worship album, God Of Victory.
Posted in Announcements
Tagged Christ, Christianity, Church, Church at Ephesus, Crucifixion, Divine Plan, God, God Of Victory, God’s Will, Gospel, Isaac Wimberly, Jesus, Matt Chandler, Michael Bleecker, Missional Living, Pain, Religion, Sovereignty, Suffering, The Bible, The Cross, The Village, The Village Church
When we think about suffering, we are prone to think about how bad it feels, to become inward focused, to ask “Why me?”. When we actually experience suffering, we flesh out the values that we really hold to be true: whether we really believe that God is of first importance, or if we naively believe that the world should revolve around us. We rarely ever stop to think about anything outside of ourselves. We often don’t stop to realize there’s a bigger picture, and a purpose behind the pain.
Posted in Bible Study
Tagged Christ, Christianity, Church, Church at Ephesus, Crucifixion, David Platt, Divine Plan, Egyptians, Ephesians, Evangelism, Evil, Exodus, God, God’s Will, Gospel, Hell, Israel, Israelites, Jesus, Joseph, Joseph and the Coat Of Many Colors, Missional Living, Pain, Radical, Religion, Sovereignty, Suffering, The Bible, The Cross
Well, Rob Bell certainly stirred up a lot of commotion very quickly with his promo video for, and the release of, his book, Love Wins: A Book About Heaven, Hell, and the Fate of Every Person Who Ever Lived. The conversations and blogs about his book, and the topic of Universalism overall, exploded overnight, and then seem to have died out just as quickly. Pastor David Platt, author of Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream, offers a different perspective, and a strong challenge to those who profess Christ as Lord, Savior, and Treasure.
Posted in Life Lessons
Tagged Christ, Christianity, Church, Church at Ephesus, Crucifixion, David Platt, Divine Plan, Ephesians, Evangelism, Evil, God, God’s Will, Gospel, Gospel Coalition, Hell, Jesus, Kevin DeYoung, Love Wins, LoveWins, Mark Driscoll, Missional Living, Pain, Radical, Reformission, Religion, Rob Bell, Sovereignty, Suffering, The Bible, The Cross, The Resurgence, Unity in Christ, Universalism, Universalist, Universalists