The Gospel

The Gospel

There has been quite a stir recently about the nature of the atonement in evangelical circles.  It is fitting in the Easter season to approach the Gospel anew, to look at it with fresh eyes.  For my part, I’ve recently been challenged to expand my view of the Gospel.  I grew up with the basic idea that…

God Loves Dedham – Part 3

God Loves Dedham – Part 3

4.  We must rely on the Holy Spirit to guide us and empower us to fulfill the mission of the Church.  When Zechariah was prophesying to the exiled nation of Israel about rebuilding the temple, he received a night revelation from God saying, “‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the LORD Almighty” and “Who despises the day…

God Loves Dedham – Part 2

God Loves Dedham – Part 2

2.  We must show the world the love of God through service and compassion.  “…let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.” Jesus ~ Matthew 5.16  Jesus did not come to serve, but to be served (Mark 10.45).  We (Christians) are all servants first.  We are called to serve the world as the hands and feet…

Healing

Healing

Six weeks ago, a mother brought her daughter to church despite some debilitating back pain.  It wasn’t chronic, but she would have been at the doctor on this Friday night if her daughter hadn’t begged to be taken to our AWANA program.  During AWANA many of the parents participate in a Community Group for discipleship…

The Future of the (shrinking) American Church
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The Future of the (shrinking) American Church

I’m not hip.  I’m not cutting edge.  I’m not particularly technologically savvy.  Basically, I am OK at keeping up with trends. In the case of the future of the American church, there seem to be two competing trajectories: emerging and missional.  Yes, I know that these trends started a long time ago (by today’s standards…

Living On Purpose

Living On Purpose

There are 2 ways to live on purpose. One is to be intentional about what you do.  Some people live accidentally, just allowing the winds to take them where it will.  We all know there are plenty of winds out there more than willing to direct our paths.  Most of us would agree (apart from…