By Pastor JJ This blog post is part one of a three part series on how we engage in ministry and life, using technology. Today I want to talk about how we think about the digital space. Next time, we will dive into troll farms and something called “Christian Cringe” – and how Christians are uniquely affected by scams and the promoting of fake content. Then we will wrap up in part three which outlines how the digital world is the mission field of the future.
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Click here to download the Word Doc.. Click here to download the Pdf.. Sermon Manuscript - 11.28.2021 [Genesis 45] Sometimes, even if you’ve got the recipe right, and you do everything 100% perfectly – it doesn’t mean anything if you forget to turn on the oven. Last week was Thanksgiving – and as much fun as gathering with family can be – in my experience I have found that the best stories are made from the biggest messes. I had a friend who made lasagna for another family f
Click here to download the Word Doc.. Click here to download the PDF.. Sermon Manuscript – 11.21.2021 [Genesis 44:1-13] There’s an old story, I may have told it before – but it blows my mind and it fits perfectly for today, so I’m going to tell it again. Robert Coleman put it in his book, “Written In Blood.” Once upon a time there was a little boy, whose sister was very sick. She was so sick that she actually needed a blood transfusion. The doctor explained that she had the s
I’ve always been one of those people who has a strong rule against Christmas music and decorations in November. In my own personal war against the holidays starting earlier and earlier every year – I plant my flag and say “NO! Not yet!” And then my beautiful wife and my adorable children, particularly the five year old looks up at me with those big giant eyes and says, “but, pretty puh-weeeease can we listen to Christmas music?” And then I realize just how not-so-strong my ru
Click to download the Word Doc... Click to download the PDF... Brother’s Return – 11.14.2021 [Genesis 43] You know, I have a really alarming sort of thing to share with you all this morning to start out. I started working out last week. I was exposed to COVID, and so I went and got tested a couple of times, and the second time I got tested, I went over to the urgent care on Pierson, and over there, when they do the test they also take your blood pressure. And so my test was n
Click to download the Word Doc.. Click to download the PDF.. Brother’s Visit – 11.07.2021 [Genesis 42] Sometimes there are moments in life, when something happens, just one key moment when we look around and think – Oh, that’s why everything happened. A young lady breaks her leg, loses sports scholarship, flunks out of school – but in the hospital she meets her doctor and they get married – yay. A bad thing happens, and then something good happens later and we think – A-ha! T
Where Two or more are gathered.. I am the father of three very energetic little boys. For a long time the scheduling in our households had my wife working on her computer in the office in the mornings, and I would “do mornings.” I would get the boys up, get everybody dressed and fed with breakfast. Usually after breakfast there was some free time before mom came out and I had to go to work at the church. Problem was – the boys are all at very different stages of toddler-life.
Pastor’s Bookshelf - Welcome to my bookshelf!
Each month I will discuss a recent book that I’ve finished.
*disclaimer; I don’t always have time to sit and read physical books, but I do quite a bit of my reading through audiobooks these days.* This month I’d like to talk about
How To Fight Racism
by Jemar Tisby Jemar Tisby is a fantastic and eloquent writer on some of the most difficult topics of our modern time together. Last summer I recommended his best selling book “The
Greetings from the desk of the Pastor! While the weather can’t seem to make up its mind about whether it wants to be fall yet or not – I have enjoyed those cool fall days where the inside of the church is warm and buzzing with activity. I have two notes I wanted to put in front of you as we brace ourselves for the end of the year holiday chaos. First, I want to encourage each of you to give yourself grace as we cope with the chaos. This fall we have seen many things “return t