Sermon: Stating Our Faith

Sermon Text: Colossians 1:15-20 Sermon Excerpt As a resident of Southwest Florida for the last several years, I have been blessed to expand my horizons in many ways – including learning from many of you about what everyday life was like before I was born.  I understand many of you grew up in a time I call “BT” – Before Television.  In the world before every home had a television and every television had the ability to receive dozens of channels, there was radio. Perhaps you can remember Read More …

A Spiritual-But-Not-Religious First

Diana Butler Bass, popular speaker and the author of several books including Christianity After Religion: The End of the Church and the Birth of a New Spiritual Awakening, labeled President Obama's second inaugural speech "the first spiritual-but-not-religious inaugural sermon," while recognizing such is "a twenty-first century expression of American civil spirituality, embedded in but not dependent upon the ancient vision of American Protestant theology of and for God’s almost-chosen, always Read More …

Review of The King Jesus Gospel

Meet the Author Scot McKnight is professor of religious studies at North Park University.  He is a leading authority on the New Testament, early Christianity, and the historical Jesus.  McKnight has written over 20 books including The Jesus Creed: Loving God, Loving Others (read how this book has influenced me), Fasting (read my review), The Real Mary: Why Evangelicals Can Embrace the Mother of Jesus (read my review), and One.Life: Jesus Calls, We Follow (read my review).  McKnight’s Read More …

What Does it Mean to Live as a Follower of Jesus?

What does it mean to live as a follower of Jesus?  The profoundly simple yet incredibly challenging answer is found in this creative two minute video. So What? Director, animator and compositor Dan Stevers created this video for Journey Community Church to help publicize an upcoming event featuring Scot McKnight.  If you don't know anything about Scot McKnight beyond what you just watched, I encourage you take the time to learn more.  You can read his award winning blog, friend him on Read More …