How to strengthen your stewardship muscles

Imagine a community of people unattached to their stuff?  Living creatively, responsibly, generously in the world so that everyone can see the living God who is giver of all good things? We are called to live joyfully surrendered lives as ‘stewards,’ not ‘owners’ of our time, talents, and resources. The last two sermons from the […]

Live with the end in mind!

Eschatology – or the study of “Last Things,” has often been mis-applied. What the Bible tells us about the end of all things is not to make us speculate or to make us panic and evacuate.  Rather it is about living NOW in light of the in-breaking of Christ and His Kingdom! It’s about being […]

A Commitment to Excellence?

My working definition of Excellence in the Christian context is this: Honoring God with our BEST in everything we do! Listen to the teaching on Excellence for the Glory of God here. Do to the snow storms of the last two weeks, many were not able to be at Christ Church for this last in […]

Money 101

What’s your ‘Game Plan’ for your money? Our Game Plan series continues here at Christ Church.  (Teaching audio and resources here.) I want to recommend a wonderful, easy-to-read, biblical and inexpensive ($5.99 / 3.99 Kindle) resource by Randy Alcorn.  It is a new and thorough summary of much of his work on Christian Stewardship (of […]

How Should We Engage Our Culture?

Last Sunday, we asked the question, “How should the church and we as individual Christ-followers engage the culture in which we live?”  There is no more important question for the church than how we look at the culture we live in; how we engage the culture…our posture toward it.  The Big Idea is that we […]

The Importance of Fasting

The last ‘deadly sin’ we looked at in our recent series at Christ Church was gluttony.  Fasting is a discipline that helps us fight terminal consumption by both moderation and compassionate action.  (click here to go to the sermon audio and video). Frederica Mathewes-Green wrote the following article for Christianity Today that reinforces the centuries […]

Replacing the god of Greed with the God of Mercy

He entered Jericho and was passing through. And there was a man named Zacchaeus. He was a chief tax collector and was rich. And he was seeking to see who Jesus was, but on account of the crowd he could not, because he was small of stature. So he ran on ahead and climbed up into a sycamore tree to […]

Wendell Berry on the “Myth of Limitlessness”

Wendell Berry is one of my favorite authors, especially his Sabbath and “Mad Farmer” poems. He is up in years though it seems he has always been at the marvelous place of not caring -in a good way- about the ‘popular’ critique of his work. He speaks his convictions about a Christian world-view and the […]

“Keep Yourselves from Idols!”

“Little children – keep yourselves from idols.”  So the apostle John ends his first letter to the early church. (1 John 5:21)  I don’t think he was warning against Caesar dolls!  Interior idols and the cult of ‘Things’ is the ever-present danger.  Whenever we look to something other than God for our meaning or security […]