Grammys and art: Sia-squatch…or Take Off, You Hozier

The Grammys were last night. Here’s some highlights: Pharrell did “Happy” in a weird orchestral setting with a piano player who is famous enough that no one has heard of him and the Pirates of the Caribbean music guy pretending to play guitar. Beyonce performed a gospel chorus. She sang it once. It took 27 minutes.Continue reading “Grammys and art: Sia-squatch…or Take Off, You Hozier”

Thoughts to drive us – We are “but dust”

We are dust – earthy and humble, finite and temporal…We live on borrowed breath. We are alive in the most profound sense of the word – filled with the very breath that spoke creation into being. Within this tension is a status that is regal but lowly, significant but insignificant, unique but ordinary. God looks uponContinue reading “Thoughts to drive us – We are “but dust””

Be More Musk-y

My church is currently going through a vision-casting process. The church has been growing steadily for 3 years and has been near-capacity on Sunday mornings for around a year, and the youth and children’s programs have begun to fill the spaces available to them. Some solution needs to be found in order to continue toContinue reading “Be More Musk-y”

“Altar Ego” – Craig Groeschel

You are not yet who you are supposed to be. You were made for more than you’ve settled for. We all self-identify in different ways; if you want to know how you view yourself, think about what your first answers are when someone says, “Tell me about yourself.” We often start those answers with ourContinue reading ““Altar Ego” – Craig Groeschel”

Gospel Outside – Go Teach Sunday School

While the gospels are the easiest place to see the person and work of Jesus Christ, the entirety of the scriptures share the gospel story. Gospel Outside will highlight a part of the gospel seen outside of the 4 Gospels of the New Testament. Often times, when we think of being highly successful, wealthy or famous,Continue reading “Gospel Outside – Go Teach Sunday School”

Thoughts to drive us – Better resolutions than yours

Being sensible that I am unable to do anything without God’s help, I do humbly entreat him by his grace to enable me to keep these Resolutions, so far as they are agreeable to his will, for Christ’s sake. Remember to read over these Resolutions once a week. 1. Resolved, that I will do whatsoeverContinue reading “Thoughts to drive us – Better resolutions than yours”

Gospel Outside – Don’t Lie To Yourself

While the gospels are the easiest place to see the person and work of Jesus Christ, the entirety of the scriptures share the gospel story. Gospel Outside will highlight a part of the gospel seen outside of the 4 Gospels of the New Testament. Have you ever had a problem but just wanted to pretend itContinue reading “Gospel Outside – Don’t Lie To Yourself”

Thoughts to drive us – Violent Santa for Jesus

The giver of every good and perfect gift has called upon us to mimic Gods giving, by grace, through faith, and this is not of ourselves. -Nicholas of Myra Nicholas was a church father who, among other things, defended orthodoxy by sitting on the First Council of Nicaea, signing the Nicene Creed, and punching theContinue reading “Thoughts to drive us – Violent Santa for Jesus”

Gospel Outside – Creation: Sex and Death

While the gospels are the easiest place to see the person and work of Jesus Christ, the entirety of the scriptures share the gospel story. Gospel Outside will highlight a part of the gospel seen outside of the 4 Gospels of the New Testament. Nearly every culture from around the world has a creation myth. EachContinue reading “Gospel Outside – Creation: Sex and Death”

Thoughts to drive us – Worms

Unless I am convinced by Scripture and plain reason – I do not accept the authority of the popes and councils, for they have contradicted each other – my conscience is captive to the Word of God. I cannot and I will not recant anything for to go against conscience is neither right nor safe.Continue reading “Thoughts to drive us – Worms”