I don't see coming to the table more often as a threat to our historic and enduring emphasis on the centrality of Scripture. If anything, I’d suspect this may actually help the congregation more deeply comprehend and embrace the Word.
Stanley & Monica Groothof
I’m a husband, dad, friend, and pastor. –S. I’m a wife, mom, friend, and homemaker. –M.
What’s stopping us from inviting Jesus to open our eyes and speak to our hearts by gathering around the Lord’s Supper table more frequently?
I see a church community as a place to experience the contagiousness of courage. Surrounded by fellow hikers on the path, we hear and see people cheering us on while we in turn do the same for others.
Our church (Trinity CRC) is considering changing to the model of having a Senior Pastor and an Associate Pastor. Do you use this model? If so, would you be willing to share job descriptions for BOTH positions?
Why do we sing in worship services? Why not simply use spoken words? For one thing, songs give us language to describe our experiences. We cling to them like life preservers when our faith is challenged.
I was once told that worship is like orange juice. Sunday worship is the concentrate but you need to add water to week experience it all week. Do you ever have days you don't want the concentrate?
What is it that drives people to do something out of the goodness of their heart with no expectation of reward?
This welcome statement challenges me to reconsider whether there are people I’ve labeled as beyond God’s reach and therefore not truly welcome to worship...
Acknowledging the contradiction between adultery and the values he espoused while part of the TV show 19 Kids and Counting, Mr. Duggar declared, “I have been the biggest hypocrite ever.” I’m not sure I entirely agree with his assessment...
Thanks, Colin! I don't address it in this series of articles, but sometime I'd like to blog about the CRC's preparatory forms and being "ready enough" to partake. In part 2 of this series, I talk...
Thanks Eric. Good food for thought. I don't have time now but I might come back to this at some point (probably when the next person gushes on about how much they love Jesus Calling!).
~...posted on: Opinions on "Jesus Calling" by Sarah Young
Thank you, Eric, for sharing that link. It articulates the concerns I have with Jesus Calling. I see challies.com does not allow for comments. For sake of fairness, I'd be interested to hear any...posted on: Opinions on "Jesus Calling" by Sarah Young
I found 2 resources here on the CRC website:
:: network.crcna.org/church-admin-finance/facilities-use-policiesposted on: Church Rental Policy?
Here's the Worship Team mandate from Trinity CRC in Rock Valley IA.
To achieve the stated purpose, the following...posted on: Church Worship Committee Job Description
Thank you for this wonderful gift, Jeff! I've done a series before on the words from the cross. I really like the Jericho road idea!
I think my favorite Lent-Easter series I've preached was...posted on: Lent Series Preaching and Worship Ideas
I love their concept of membership! Great example of hospitality – thanks for sharing! ~Stanley
A remarkable and encouraging piece of writing. I've already shared it with several people. Thank you. ~Stanleyposted on: Today I Feel a Little More Like Jesus
Thank you for this, Mark. This past Sunday I commented on our dependence on God, playing off Independence Day as you said in the comment above. I appreciate how you also write of our dependence on...posted on: Happy Dependence Day!
Insightful and profound. Thank you!
~Stanleyposted on: My Only Expertise