Christians say “I love the poor.” I say: “What are their names?”

I recently finished our spring classes at Central City Church. The class I lead was an introduction to local missions. It ran alongside a class that is an introduction to small groups: local missions and intentional relationships, two of our three core values. I haven’t had much success with classes, but after a little encouragement … More Christians say “I love the poor.” I say: “What are their names?”

Gun Control -or- Another Post to Agree or Disagree With

Please note: this post was intentionally written with a little bit of “bite.” Its tone is meant to be bold, vulnerable, with a hint of satire. Read at your own risk. 🙂 My heart hurts for the violence in this world, both what is noticed and mourned by the world, like school and police shootings, as … More Gun Control -or- Another Post to Agree or Disagree With

When an email says more than the sermon it’s replying to…

On Sunday, I preached on Matthew 19, verses 16 and following, where Jesus encounters a rich young ruler. The podcast is available here, but something my friend said in response is probably worth more than anything I said. One of my friends from Franklinton drove up to Grandview to join us for worship. He’s lived … More When an email says more than the sermon it’s replying to…

For how long, Lord?

On Sunday we had our first preview service. After spending time praying over the teaching, we decided to focus on our three goals as a church: dynamic worship, intentional relationships, and risk-taking mission.  You can listen to it here: http://www.centralcity.co/podcast/2017/6/11/message-preview-service On Sunday, we looked at Isaiah 6 and how heavenly worship spelled out in this passage … More For how long, Lord?

Literally.

My writing friends used to complain about the misuse of the word “literally.”  “I’m dying from this pain, literally.” Well, of course you’re not dying literally.  It drove them crazy when people used the expression “literally” to mean “figuratively.” So I was very careful when I crafted our prayer for our location.  Over the season of Lent we’ve … More Literally.