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November 16, 2017

As some of you know, I’m preaching this weekend so I called in a reinforcement to help teach last night. Ryan Donovan showed up, made us laugh, and brought us the Word last night. A big thank you to him. Here’s a quick update on what we talked about: The question that we addressed last […]

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I Love The Bible Project

In the vast sea of Bible study resources available there is one I am uniquely excited about. The Bible Project is a relatively new non-profit animation studio based in Portland whose mission is to show how the Bible is a unified story that leads to Jesus. Their primary work is producing short, animated videos explaining either […]

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November 9, 2017

Next week we’ll jump back into our study on student questions, the next one being: Why is homosexuality bad? Isn’t God the image of love, shouldn’t everyone love each other? Since I will be prepping to preach on the weekend of the 18th-19th, Ryan Donovan has offered to step in and teach at youth group next […]

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When the Exception Becomes the Rule

I cannot imagine the terror of the worshipers in that small Texas church last Sunday as the gunman walked up and down the aisle seeking new targets. But for those who survived, the awful nightmare continues. Their building is riddled with bullet holes, the blood is likely still being cleaned up, and half the congregation is dead. How […]

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November 2, 2017

This week at youth group, we talked about the question of: So many other religions claim to be true, how can we know that Christianity is the truth? Here’s an update on our attempt to answer it. For starters, there are a couple different approaches that we could have taken with this question, one being a […]

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SafePark

Well before I was a balding giant, I was just a kid. I had wonderful, God-fearing parents who for a time, couldn’t make ends meet and so we went through a short period of homelessness. Thankfully, we were never on the streets, but only because of the safety net of family and church. As I write […]

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October 26, 2017

Can you believe it’s already the end of October? I had that realization today, and it astounded me that time could move so fast. In recap of last night, we focused on a student question of: How Do I Know If I’m Really Saved? Our primary text was Romans 10:9-13, in which Paul says that […]

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Who Am I?

Last weekend I addressed the issue of homosexuality in our Ten Tough Questions sermon series (listen here). While all these messages are challenging, this was easily the most difficult. The reason is simple: this issue touches so many people, so deeply and so personally, most of all, obviously, those who find themselves attracted to the same sex. The feelings they experience […]

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October 19, 2017

Well, we started our new ‘series’ at youth group last night, and to be honest, it was tough. I don’t mean that in a bad sense, but I mean it in a “I feel like I just got smacked with hard theology” sort of way. As you know, for the next couple of months, I’ll […]

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Of Broken and Break In

We were setting up chairs last Friday for the worship night when one of our hallway lights went out.  I likely wouldn’t have given it a second thought except that this has been happening a lot lately. The ballasts in our florescent lights apparently last for about 10 years because we have replaced about 15 of […]

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