Blog Category: Church

Church building … relationships.

Before sunrise one chilly Saturday morning, our church gathered to improve the building. Please note the theology of that sentence: the church (people of God) gathered to work on the building (not the church). The same phenomenon occurs Sunday mornings: after the church gathers (in worship), it scatters (on mission). Molly & I have been [...]

She went to him

A 20 year-old young lady in our church family recently took a job at a large restaurant. Never having worked in that industry, she discovered its night life culture is worlds apart from her conservative home-school upbringing. She is among the youngest employees and one of only two professing Christians. Her coworkers were surprised she [...]

Simply Scripture

In 14 years of marriage, Molly & I visited numerous churches — probably over 40 of them. While preparing for church planting again, we sought to learn from each how the Lord was at work. As we’d participate, we’d observe how the service was led (perhaps you do this too). Endeavoring to be constructively critical, [...]

Songless Sunday

Can you imagine going to a church service without music? How foreign would that feel? No hymns, doxology, praise songs. That’s what happened last Sunday at The Mission. First, you have to know that we love to sing praise to the Lord. Two of our elders are longtime worship leaders. We planned Sunday as a [...]

Unmerry Christmas?

Who doesn’t love Christmas? The festive music, colorful lights, cards in the mail from old friends — odds are, you’re in the midst of many of these celebratory expressions. And rightly so. For Christmas is about celebrating the greatest event in history: God giving humanity the gift of salvation through his Son Jesus. Even unbelievers [...]

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