Thoughts on Ferguson

Even though I'm blessed to lead a wonderful multicultural congregation, and I've been active in leading a group of local clergy in dialogue with city officials (including the Chief of Police) about the issues of Ferguson

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WTH? and Other Eternal Questions

A few weeks ago, I taught on Jesus' story of the Rich man and Lazarus.  In it, I raised some questions on the traditional understanding of hell that many Christians have gleaned over the years from passages like this one. For example: How do we reconcile the words eternal conscious...

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Q & A (Part 3)

This is the 3rd and final question in our most recent Sunday Q & A time.  It was a question that left me ‘stumped’ and if you were here, you’ll remember me saying that I would need to do ‘some research’ and come back to it.  The question was, Q:...

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Q & A (Part 2)

I want to continue to address questions that were submitted during our Q & A time a few weeks back, but I was unable to get to because of time constraints. This week, the question is as follows: Q: Does God hear a sinners prayer, other than a prayer of...

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Q & A

Here at 1st Christian, we strive to be a safe place where you can come and explore, wrestle with questions of faith and life. This Sunday, we had the opportunity to put that value into practice as we opened up the teaching portion of our service discover what was on...

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Making Disciples

I’ve been doing a lot of thinking lately around this whole idea of discipleship and what it means to be a faith community that forms people into fully devoted followers of Jesus. Even as someone who has been trained in Christian Education, I have increasing grown in my doubts that...

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Characteristics of a Healthy Church

Over the last few weeks, I’ve been thinking a lot about the characteristics of a healthy church. What would a truly healthy church look like today? Would it be one with strong preaching? (A personal favorite) A great choir? An effective Sunday School program? A thriving missions program? I began...

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Our suffering and the Cross of Christ

This past Sunday, we examined Luke 7: 11-17 in which Jesus encounters the widow from the town of Nain.  We discussed the incredible burden of grief she must have been experiencing at that moment, after having lost both loves of her life – her husband and her only son.  When...

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“Holy Discontent”

A big THANK YOU to everyone who participated in LOVE ELGIN DAY this past Saturday.  It was so great to see the number of people who call FCC home out there serving those Jesus referred to as ‘the least of these’ (Matt. 25:40).   Your work demonstrated, in a real visible...

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