Worship: A God-given pathway for experiencing more of God

As a young believer, I saw no sense in all of the time and effort Christians seemed to spend in praise, readings, communion/eucharist, etc.—in short, much of what tends to go on in the planning of Sunday morning gatherings across the world. I wanted an intellectually stimulating and coherent faith, and I loved it when

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Delighted to Be Invited—Acts 16, Part III

As I noted in the first two posts of this series, Scot McKnight, in his essay “Church in the Present Tense,” points out  that every sermon recorded in Acts, no matter how different the setting and audience, still includes the same invitation. In each instance, we hear God’s invitation to either become a part of

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Delighted to Be Invited—Acts 10, Part II

Scot McKnight pointed out in his essay “Church in the Present Tense” that every sermon recorded in Acts, no matter how different the setting and audience, still includes the same invitation. In each instance, we hear God’s invitation to either become a part of God’s great story or to take the next step with God

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Delighted to be Invited—Acts 2, Part I

I recently read an article in “Church in the Present Tense” by Scot McKnight, who led a seminar for New Covenant a few months ago.  In his article, Scot suggested that all of the sermons in Acts revolve around a single theme, no matter who how diverse the hearers were. That theme was the claim

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A love for Lent

One of our sisters shared this personal story during our worship service last Sunday.  She agreed to allow me to post it as long as I didn’t use her name. It touched me deeply at many levels. Hope you enjoy! – Ron Simkins ——- I love Lent. In an economy that refuses to be bound

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Sacraments as God’s Pathway

I confess that I am not, by nature, very sacramental or liturgical. Even taking seriously the repetitive nature of the Jewish and Christian calendar has been a continuing learning experience for me. (Which is probably not terribly surprising for a person who grew up not paying much attention to either birthdays or Christmas or any

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Delighted to be Invited: Acts 17, part III

In my first post meditating on Acts 17, I attempted to illustrate how difficult it is to fit Paul’s theology into our modern matrix of liberal-moderate-conservative. To be more direct, it is not difficult, it is impossible, at least to do so honestly. Then Elaine, in her recent post, stressed how Paul saw God’s love

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How Broad & Deep is God’s Love: Acts 17, Part II

Meditating on the content of Acts 17 is a very thought provoking endeavor—one that can be very heart challenging, as well.  I (Pastor Ron) have personally found spending time with that chapter to quite rewarding, recently. In this guest post that follows, Elaine Mustain shares with us some of the thoughts that have been tugging

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Thoughts on Acts 17, Part I

The next few blog posts will include some reflections on the theological implications of Paul’s sermon in Acts 17, including a guest post from Elaine Mustain. Today, I will share a few thoughts that have been running through my mind over the past few months as we have emphasized the scriptural statement: “In God we

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What Kind of God?

What kind of God prepares and plans for years to make God’s next major step in history—and then asks a teenage mother and her baby to carry it forward?  In spite of all the attention to Advent and Christmas given all over the world, not so much attention is given to the questions these narratives

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