Matt explains why we're doing our current sermon series.
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Your children are forming an understanding about sex and sexuality. What sources and information are contributing to that understanding?
At any given point in time, there are approximately 400,000 children in foster care in the United States. An estimated 293,000 children are at risk of being sexually trafficked in the United States. In 2011, 46.2 million Americans lived in poverty.
Remember Magic Eye? Those fuzzy pictures that, if you stared at them long enough, would suddenly form into a razor-sharp 3-D image? I loved those. Actually. I hated them.
This summer marks 75 years of Superman. The character was created by two Jewish teenagers, Jerry Seigel and Joe Shuster, in the mid-1930s as a synthesis of all the stories, hopes and archetypes they cherished growing up. Many of which stemmed from the Old Testament. This Judeo/Christian worldview is in the character’s DNA. That’s why it’s seemingly impossible to stray far from biblical ...
Something shifted within me three years ago. My heart was moved in entirely new and different ways upon the birth of my son. Truth be told, I’m more easily emotional than I used to be. I now have to steel myself to prevent weepiness at the stop light when Crosby, Stills and Nash’s “Teach Your Children” comes on the radio. Those other drivers just wouldn’t understand.
As a church, we strive to be transparent in all that we do. We also seek to be good stewards of the resources that God has graciously given us. This fleshes itself out in a variety of ways in a variety of areas. For example, when it comes to finances, we make our financial data available online and regularly review and analyze monthly financial statements to direct the mission of our church.
My lofty ambition is to change the way you think about church membership. Of course, that ambition assumes that many don’t understand church membership well. This may be a poor assumption, but probably not. Certainly, cultural influences have left their mark.