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…
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?
Last night for Good Friday we took time to confess our sins. It was a bold move for a new church, especially as our first service. Maybe a bit risky, but it happened, and God showed up. If nothing else, our new church will be grounded in a call to humility, and for that I’m … More A Confession: Reflections From Our Good Friday Service
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.
As someone who is leading a team working towards launching a new church, I’ve been challenged to find new ways to break outside of my Christian bubble. In fact, it’s essential that our team and our leaders work hard to meet people who aren’t already going to church. We need to meet people, and share … More When trying to meet new people in new places…
Short answer: yes. Long answer: yes, it’s a basic Biblical expectation for God’s people.
It’s been weeks since Allyssa and I have been at Central Avenue Church. We spent two weeks over Christmas on vacation with my family. Then a weekend in Columbus working on the church plant. Then a weekend in the Canton area officiating a wedding. And then another weekend back in Columbus working on the church … More Church Plant Update
Over the last month, Allyssa and I have met with around 30 people one-on-one to talk about the new church we are launching in Grandview. Each time we ask them a variation of this question: What do you think a great church in this community would look like? (Thanks David Hood for introducing me to this question… it’s a … More What I’ve Learned From Meeting With People
My senior pastor, Paul Risler, often reminds our staff that one of our core values at Central is change: “We value change and the opportunities it presents.” Of course, it’s far easier to include change in your list of values than it is to actually value change. This year presents a lot of change in my … More Perspectives on Change
A few months ago I stumbled on a box while I was cleaning out the room that would become Finn’s nursery. In it was a box of presents from last Christmas—mugs, trinkets, and stuff—lots of stuff. They were nice gestures, beautiful gifts—received warmly and given with love, but ultimately stuff we had lived without for … More This year my family decided not to buy presents and it’s drastically changed how I view this season.