Posts Tagged ‘Nation’

In a place where having a church building is not allowed by the governing authorities, the church goes “underground.” When this happens, “the church” is associated with a group of believers rather than with a specific place one goes to on the weekend. The Apostles were traveling preachers who started “groups of believers” out of people who were not. Many times they stayed in one place for a long time to make sure the “body of believers” would thrive and multiply (i.e. start more “body of believers” groups).

For more insight see 5 Reasons Established Churches Should Plant Churches.

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IMG_4324Would you rather be treated justly or mercifully? Be shocked as you listen to the message below about a new kind of country with a radical culture.

Parable of the Workers (.mp3)

The Parable of the Workers in Matthew 20 describes a boss who operates justly but is motivated by a higher standard. Do we dare dream of a community obsessed by mercy?

The title of Wonderful Counselor in Isaiah 9:6 is not the opposite of a lousy counselor – it is more militaristic than many would anticipate.

Wonderful Counselor (.mp3)

Listen to the entire sermon and perhaps you will see Wonderful Counselor in a new light.  It starts with a broad perspective, describes the governing position, and highlights the potential for today.

IMG_4266Can your political party “do no wrong?” The letter of 1 Peter offers some insight for handling our politics, social interactions, and business dealings.

Life as Citizens (.mp3)

Caution #1:  There are several seconds of silence in the recording because someone from the congregation read the text, and he did not have a microphone.  😦

Caution #2: The talk might feel a little dry (I was sick… not that I’m making excuses) 😦 😦