Archives for Jan 2015

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Why Does Membership Matter?

Does membership in a church matter? In one word, yes. Why? For the next four weeks at 10:45 AM on Sunday mornings, there will be a membership class offered for everyone to help explain why. Going through the class doesn't mean you have to be a member but it does give you more information about what we do and why we do it...Read More

Living With Renewed Resolve

Inertia is a powerful force, not just in physics, but in life as well. At the moment of conviction our potential for change seems limitless: I can lose 20 pounds, I can stop smoking cold turkey, I can break that habitual sin. But days pass, and the moment of conviction passes, and we find it is so much easier to not change...Read More

Christians Connecting with Muslims

Sometimes opportunities come along at just the right time. The news has been full of late with stories—both horrifying and tragic—of violence perpetrated in the name of Islam. In the aftermath we are confronted with seemingly conflicting narratives: Islam is a religion of peace; Islamic extremism seeks the destruction of Western civilization...Read More

Three Streams Converged

I was born Catholic, raised Pentecostal and educated Evangelical. As an Evangelical I frowned upon my Pentecostal upbringing. As a Pentecostal I frowned upon my Catholic birth. In my early thirties I began frowning upon all my frowning. Was it possible for one church to be fully evangelical, fully charismatic and fully catholic? Could I take the best of all of my church experiences and meld them into one cohesive worship life? One year later by God's grace I along with my wife and three kids have been adopted into the All Saints family...Read More

Community and Outreach

All through scripture and church history there is the focus on knowing God as found in community. We...Read More

Remember Your Baptism

Last year, around this time, I had the privilege of standing with my family and watching my daughter Eleanor be baptized. It was a sacred moment, not only for her, and not only for me and my family, but for everyone there. We all witnessed God’s grace poured out on her and were reminded of the grace God has extended to all of us. We also all stood together and rehearsed our baptismal covenant...Read More

New Year, New You

This was the rather cheesy title used by Chris+ Myers last Sunday. It was a department store tag line he used as a foil in his sermon to talk about the joyful search of the Magi, compared to the threat that the Christ-child meant to Herod. True, its cheesy, but it represents the same hope that we all have as we begin a new year...Read More

Epiphany

Typically I have my greatest epiphanies in the shower or while mowing the lawn. Problems I’ve been mulling over for days will suddenly snap into perfect clarity; simple and elegant solutions made apparent. I’ve heard that there are scientific studies that show I’m not alone in this; that there is something about a simple and mundane task that can activate our subconscious in ways that aid in making these sort of connections...Read More