Jesus on the Outside

Jesus on the Outside

When we read the Bible it’s important to always keep in mind the literary context and the overarching narrative of the entire book. If we don’t then at best we get creative interpretations; more often than not we take verses and fit them into our own way...
Fall Launch and People First

Fall Launch and People First

One big switch for our church this Fall was a move to a different building for our worship gatherings. Usually a change of location is a big deal for churches. For us, this wasn’t the first time we’ve switched gathering location, it’s happened 3...
King of the Castle

King of the Castle

in the world but not of… A common ‘us vs. them’ term used in the Christian lexicon is living in the ‘fallen’ world while simultaneously striving to resist the tempting allure the world has to offer. This kind of religion dominates our...

Your Beauty in Pursuit

Our last gathering at The House Coffee Sanctuary before our move to a location yet to be determined was so fitting because it took place on the traditional day of Pentecost. (We read these two pieces of scripture when we gathered Psalm 103:25-35; Acts 2:1-21.) The...

On Giving – My 3rd ham

When it comes to giving I’m the worst. Regardless of what it is for someone in need, a bed, winter coats, cash, a ham….I tend to do a personal inventory on what I have. First, I think of what I have that I use, then I think of my backups (my emergency...

What Are You Looking for in a Church?

Here are some thoughts from someone in our church. What would you add? A place that sees itself as a place second, and the hands and feet of Jesus first. A place where the modus operandi is “go and tell”, not “come and see”. A place where doubts and discussion are...
If You Err, Err on the side of Jesus

If You Err, Err on the side of Jesus

World Vision USA made front-page headlines last week over their change in hiring policy, and then subsequent reversal. The fevered pitch of online discussion was highly polarized to say the least, and at its worse demonstrated another moment where people who...

No Sense to Loss

We are now in the Lenten season where Christians celebrate 40 days (not including Sundays) before Easter. The spiritual exercise returns us to the story of Jesus in the desert during the 40 days of temptation (Matthew 4). This past weekend our worship gathering...