WHAT IF I DON'T FEEL LIKE GOING TO CHURCH?By Gunner GundersenReview copy courtesy of the Crossway Blog Review Program That's a great question! It represents a tension we probably all have felt. Who has not had a Saturday night when they had that realization, with a twinge of dread, "Ah man, we've got church tomorrow!" I mean, I serve as a pastor, and I still have those moments. So what do you do when you find yourself there? What if you really don't feel like going to church? What should … [Read more...] about What If I Don’t Feel Like Going to Church?
With podcasts and live streaming, have you ever wondered why we must gather together at church every Sunday? Isn't that a little old school? I mean, why not just stay in your jammies, sip coffee, stream one of the best worship bands on the planet via Spotify, download a sermon from a world-renowned teacher, and call it a day? The answer comes, in part, from the definition of the word "church" (Greek, ekklesia). Church is not a building. Church is a people. But in particular, the church is a … [Read more...] about Why Must We Go to Church
I sometimes hear people say, "I haven't been back to church since __ (insert embarrassing incident with self or family member)." The reason they haven't attended church since then is because they have come to believe one of the lies listed below. And when you believe one of these lies, church becomes a scary place you want to avoid. Let's correct each of these lies. Everyone knows. No they don't. Not everyone. Maybe some people know, but everyone? I mean EVERY-one? I don't think so. … [Read more...] about Three Lies About Your Past That Keep You From Church
I've had a question in my head lately. What is the difference between a healthy large church and a healthy small church? If all things were relatively equal, what would be the difference? Do we lose anything or gain anything as we move from one size to the other? So far, I have thought of two major distinctions. When we move from a small church to a large church, two significant things happen. Big churches gain specialization. Megachurches do specialization so well. They have a … [Read more...] about Big Church, Little Church
The Temple of the Old Testament figured large in the minds of the Israelites. The temple, as a physical structure, symbolized the presence of God in Israel, and in fact, God’s presence rested on the Temple. Life for the average Israelite centered on the Temple. People made regular pilgrimages there for festivals and to fulfill sacrificial rites and responsibilities. The Temple sat high atop Mount Zion in the heart of Jerusalem. To approach Jerusalem was to see this great Temple in all its … [Read more...] about Images of the Church – The Temple
I think it’s safe to say everyone loves Sesame Street. How can you resist those furry little creatures, that big yellow bird, and even that grouch in a trashcan? One trait that marks Sesame Street is diversity. Sesame Street displays a wide variety of people and creatures. Hispanics, Asians, African-Americans, monsters, big birds, fairies, snuffleupaguses...all crowd the street, making for a fun show that demonstrates unity and diversity. One movie we watch around my house is Follow That … [Read more...] about Images of the Church – Sesame Street