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The Last Word

This past Sunday, we began a two-week sermon series called “The Power of 12 Revisited” exploring Romans 12.  Last fall, we kicked off the year with a similar series on 1 Corinthians 12.  In both of these chapters, Paul addresses the importance of believers working together in love in the body of Christ.  It seems providential that both of these chapters lifting up…

The Last Word

As I write this week’s column, the General Assembly of the Christian Church is already well underway.  I’ve had the opportunity to attend amazing worship services and challenging workshops. Something I’m hearing over and over again is that we can no longer afford to wait in our buildings for people to come to us.  In the same way Jesus and his disciples…

The Last Word

We’ve been in our home off of River Road now for about 2 ½ years.  The first summer, we noticed a few hummingbirds would stop by our window to inform us the previous owners had been thoughtful enough to put out feeders for them.  This summer, we finally got with the program and have been enjoying watching them come and go ever…

The Last Word

For the past year or so, I’ve been following a new show called “Turn: Washington’s Spies.”  It tells the story of the Revolutionary War from the perspective of ordinary people (many of them civilians) who helped win America’s freedom.  The show is based on actual historical figures. As I’ve watched the dramatic inner workings of America’s Revolution, I get the same feeling…

The Last Word

During the summer months, some things on our church calendar take a break.  For instance, Wednesday night L.I.F.E. Groups and youth groups won’t start up again until September.  However, other things take off!  Indeed, summer might just be the best season of the year to see the heart of First Christian Church at work. I believe one of the reasons God has blessed…

The Last Word

The other day I ran across a word I’d never seen before: “lifewithoutspacemakesnosense.” Of course, it didn’t take me long to realize the spaces had been left out.  Add the spaces back in and you have the makings of a great sermon: “life without space makes no sense.” As we enter into the summer months, many of us will make time for…

The Last Word

Pentecost seems to be one Christian holiday Hallmark just doesn’t know what to do with.  Christmas has Santa and Easter has the Easter bunny – but what about poor Pentecost.  I read about one preacher who went out shopping on the Friday before Pentecost and noticed there was no indication whatsoever that there were only two shopping days left until Pentecost.  He…

The Last Word

We are in the midst of updating our church website and I was given the job of writing the “Who We Are” section.  It has turned out to be more difficult than I thought it would be.  Do I focus on the variety of worship services we offer?  Do I highlight the amazing music we have at all our services?  How about…

The Last Word

A wise pastor once told me he never used his newsletter column to talk about events that had already occurred because it was too late for folks who hadn’t attended.  He told me, instead, to use my column to increase excitement about events still to come.  Well, I’m going to break this unwritten rule and brag a little bit about the children…

The Last Word

This year, in addition to all of my normal spring yard work, I’ve also taken on the task of refinishing our deck.  Needless to say, my body isn’t used to this kind of activity. My dad worked hard as a print shop mechanic and small business owner all his life.  Even though he had polio as a child that just about crippled…