Advent Focus

Advent Focus

Advent is a traditional 4 week period where Christian churches begin their Christmas celebration by focusing on a different aspect of Christ’s coming each week leading up to the ultimate celebration of Christ’s birth on the 24th.  This is an important tradition because there are so many things these days competing for our time and attention, making it difficult to stay focused on the message of Christmas and easy to get lost in the busyness of the season.

So this year prior to Advent, I challenged our congregation to 3 important exercises to help them stay focused during the month of December.  I believe if you participate in these opportunities, you’ll end up truly changed and encouraged this year instead of allowing the importance of Christmas to pass you by.

So I encourage and challenge you to do the following: Read more about Advent Focus

The Spiritual and the Secular

The Spiritual and the Secular

I find it rather interesting that the church in it’s effort to avoid “worldliness” rails against anything secular merely because it is not affiliated or associated with the church.  I recall as a young Christian in a rather conservative, charismatic church being told that I had to rid my life of all things secular.  Near the top of the list was my entire record collection.  For those of you who don’t know what a record is…google it.  I remember a pastor once telling me how dangerous it was to allow anything secular, especially “rock music” into my life.  I would most certainly be corrupted.  Not wanting to be corrupted, I took my entire collection and threw it into a dumpster.  Now I will be the first to say that within popular music are many themes that are completely inappropriate for a person intent on living a life of godliness.  It’s important for followers of Christ to learn to be discerning regarding what’s appropriate for them.  But for many well-meaning Christians, it’s not discernment they’re after, it’s the ridding of all things secular. Read more about The Spiritual and the Secular

Is there hope for this thing?

Is there hope for this thing?

One thing I like to think about myself is that I’m a fairly optimistic guy.  So take the following comments in that light.  The question Du Jour (for me) is: “Is there hope for this thing called The Church?”  Here’s what makes me ask the question.  In The Church (speaking of the church everywhere) I have run into some of the most troubling people I’ve ever met.  Some quick words that come to mind are: Judgmental, hypocritical, hyper-sensitive, and above all: LEGALISTIC.  Read more about Is there hope for this thing?