Sermon: A Holy Invitation

Sermon Texts: Genesis 12:1-9 and John 3:1-13, 16-17 Sermon Excerpt Learning has always come easily for me.  I breezed through high school, excelled in the final years of college, and earned my graduate and doctoral degrees with distinction.  In sharing my academic story I intentionally omitted the less than pretty part that came early in my college experience when I encountered Professor Berrier. When I registered for Old Testament Survey I looked forward to learning more about the Read More …

Inviting People to Church

One of the most common reasons people visit a church is invitation.  Church members and others actively involved in a given community of faith are those most likely to issue such invitations. Angela Jamene recently shared an apology to those who are on the receiving end of such invitations along with her understanding of what typically motivates the ask: On behalf of Christians everywhere, I would like you to know that we really, just whole-heartedly, love you.  And, we want to share this Read More …

National Back to Church Sunday – September 12

The group of people known as de-churched or previously churched has risen significantly in recent years.  To help welcome these folks back into the life of a local congregation, LifeWay has created an event called National Back to Church Sunday, which will be held on September 12.  Individual congregations of all denominational traditions and those with no such affiliation are invited to be a part of the event and to register their participation with the National Back to Church Sunday website Read More …