Church Blog (Page 2)

Church Blog (Page 2)

September 12, 2019

Dear Friends, We’ve just been through a pretty big transition as a church.  Many of you helped make the transition possible.  You helped move stuff.  You were one of the people who made sure we had sound and lights and video and technology working.  You invited friends and neighbors to visit us.  You were part of getting our new home looking good.  You helped plan our celebration.  You’ve stepped in to help minister to children on Sundays or to serve as…

September 5, 2019

Dear Friends, So, I don’t know what you thought as you left church last Sunday, but I left thinking “that was a pretty special morning.”   We still have a few things to figure out and to get right as we move forward, but for a first Sunday in a new space, it felt like home – apart from trying to figure out where each of us wants our new worship center seats to be! As we get ready for week #2 and…

August 29, 2019

Dear Friends, One of you asked me this week about where we are heading in our study of scripture, now that our series in 1 John is complete.  Over the next two Sundays, I’m planning to mark our first services in our new building with a high level look at the historical connection between the presence of God among His people and the places on earth that God has said to have inhabited at one point or another.  My hope is that…

August 22, 2019

Dear Friends, This Sunday is the end of a chapter for our church.  And as excited as I am about what God has for us in the days ahead as we move into a new church home, I’m also a bit nostalgic about all that has happened in our almost 11 years above the revenue office. In fact, I want to take some time this Sunday for some reflection and some sharing during our morning worship service.  I’d love for you to…

August 15, 2019

Dear Friends, Let’s start here this week.  A Bible Literacy quiz courtesy of Jen Wilkin.  See how you do.  Name the First 3 Israelite Kings Where did Jesus grow up? Who moved from Ur to a country he did not know? What were the occupations of Cain and Abel? Who prophesied, “Unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given”? How many books are in the Bible? In the Old Testament? In the New Testament? How many years…

August 8, 2019

Dear Friends, I remember waking up in October of 2017 to the news of the horrible mass shooting in Las Vegas.  I remember how the news felt like a punch in the gut.  I didn’t know the victims.  I haven’t been to Nevada in decades.  But the thought that so a single deranged gunman had taken the lives of so many people who had been out for an evening concert left me feeling like I couldn’t breathe. Then came the church in…

July 25, 2019

Dear Friends, Monday night, we spent time in our final Everyone’s A Theologian class talking about eschatology – what the Bible tells us about “last things.”  We talked about death.  About judgment.  Heaven and hell.  About the nature and timing of what the Bible refers to as “the millennium.”  And about the new heavens and the new earth. One of the passages from scripture that talks about what happens after we die is a passage from Paul’s second letter to the Corinthians:…

July 18, 2019

Dear Friends, You know who Dr. Bruce Banner is, right?  According to legend, Bruce Banner was irradiated by deadly gamma energy while he was supervising the trial of an experimental gamma bomb that he designed for the U.S. Defense Department at a nuclear research facility in New Mexico.  While the countdown for a test of the bomb was underway, a teenager wandered onto the testing field.  Dr. Banner selflessly rushed to his rescue. After shoving the teenager to safety in a…

July 11, 2019

Dear Friends, Tim Keller remembers clearly a comment made by a teenager back many years ago when Tim and his wife Kathy were leading the youth group at their church in West Virginia.  “I know God loves me,” the young woman said.  “But what good is that if you can’t get any dates?” “I’ve never forgotten that,” Keller remembers.  “She said, ‘I know God loves me, I know Jesus died for me, I know I’m a daughter of the King, I know I’m…

July 3, 2019

Dear Friends, Tomorrow is a holiday.  As a country, we have set aside the 4th of July to remind ourselves of the actions taken by the founders of our country in responding to what they perceived as tyranny in their day and declaring themselves as independent from the rule of the tyrants.  It was their goal, they would later say, to form “a more perfect union” – a democratic republic where regnant populi – where the people rule.  Americans did not celebrate the 4th of July…

June 27, 2019

Dear Friends, In our hyper connected world, we are exposed daily to people who claim allegiance to Jesus but who are misrepresenting Him.  Here is one example. I’ve never watched an entire episode of either the Bachelor or the Bachelorette.  For that matter, I haven’t seen a complete episode of Survivor either.  Or the Amazing Race.  Or the Real Housewives of Any City.    (Un)Reality TV isn’t my cup of tea.  But apparently in the current season of the Bachelorette, the woman whose affections…

June 20, 2019

Dear Friends, I’ve spent a lot of time – I mean a lot of time – thinking and talking about and telling others about God’s design for marriage.  One of the things I’ve realized along the way is that if you asked people what the purpose of marriage is, whether they’d be honest enough to admit it or not, they usually have “my personal happiness” pretty close to, if not at the top of their list. Gary Thomas, the author of the book Sacred…

June, 13 2019

Dear Friends, If you have a role in helping to raise the next generation, have you selected your target? Psalm 127 is a classic passage about parenting.  The Psalmist reminds us that our children are like arrows.  The comparison is not random.  Arrows are to be crafted to fly straight, then aimed at a target and released.  The archer’s goal is for the arrow to hit the target.  So what’s the target when it comes to parenting?  As parents, what should our focus…

June 6, 2019

Dear Friends, I spend more time on Twitter than I do on Facebook or Instagram.  This is not an endorsement of Twitter or of social media in general.  Sometimes, reading through my Twitter feed can leave me smh (Twitter and text speak for “shaking my head”).  But there are usually some great reminders, some thought provoking challenges and some encouragement in the mix.  Maybe you’d like to see a curated sample of what stood out for me this week: The thing about Twitter…

May 30, 2019

Dear Friends, Things are about to change.  Including (I hope) one of the reasons why you come to church on Sundays. If you’re a church member at Redeemer, you’ve already demonstrated that you have a bit of a pioneering spirit about you.  And as we get ready to transition to our new church home – our new gospel outpost on David O’Dodd, we’re all going to need to tap into that pioneering spirit in a fresh way. I imagine you come to church each…

May 23, 2019

Dear Friends, Forgive the length, but this is heavy on my heart this week. I was in high school the year that five powerful old white men found something hidden in the US Constitution that no one in almost two centuries had realized was there.  They found a supposed constitutional right to take the life of a human being.  To terminate a pregnancy. It isn’t the first time the US Supreme Court has made a serious mistake.  It’s clear to most people today…

May 16, 2019

Dear Friends, This week, the elders had the opportunity to spend some time with Pastor Bill Elliff from the Summit Church talking about our upcoming transition to a new church home.  We asked him to meet with us to help us think wisely and carefully about this new chapter in the life of our church. More than a decade ago as Redeemer was just beginning, Bill met with a small group of men who were helping lay the foundation for our…

May 9, 2019

Dear Friends, In honor of all moms everywhere, I’ve decided to devote this Mother’s Day week edition of the newsletter to passing along a short list of things moms have said or thought at one time or another.  All have been curated from random websites…    “Silence is golden.  Unless you have kids.  Then silence is suspicious.” “I don’t want to sleep like a baby.  I want to sleep like my husband.” “Sitting by myself in the bathroom with the…

May 2, 2019

Dear Friends, Today is the National Day of Prayer. Do you remember a series of books that were published years ago that captured children’s prayers to God?  They included prayers like these: “Dear God, are you really invisible or is that just a trick?” “Dear God, is it true my father won’t get into Heaven if he uses his bowling words in the house?” Dear God, thank you for the baby brother.  But what I prayed for was a puppy.”…

April 25, 2019

Dear Friends, A lot of Christians are down on doctrine. For some good reasons, actually.  There have been Christians through the years who have made doctrinal knowledge the primary goal of the Christian life.  There have been some pastors and theologians who, lacking humility and grace, have weaponized doctrine.  Minor doctrinal disputes have unnecessarily divided brothers and sisters in Christ.  People have pursued wisdom and knowledge instead of pursuing godliness and love. As a result, doctrine has become a dirty word for some. …