Video Blog – Dance(!)

Our new sermon series at Harris Creek is called "Stained Glass: Brilliance from Brokenness." It is focused on the idea that God takes our broken lives and makes something new and brilliant out of them. In light of this series, and the blog James posted two days ago called "Wonder," we thought we would put our money where our mouth is. Enjoy! Church Music - Dance (!) from Brady Herbert on ...

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Dethroned

If you are an American reading this blog, I can guarantee you have an aversion to authority.  If there were two values that almost every American shares, it would be individualism and freedom.  The social revolt that happened in the 1960s, which happens to still influence us today, was all about cultural freedom.  It was about freedom of thought, expression, sexual expression, and an attempt to shed any authoritative structure ...

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Judgment ≠ Your Critical Mood

Last night at Sola we talked about a misunderstanding most people have about Matthew 7:1 when Jesus says, “Do not judge.” Jesus cannot mean, “do not judge…period” because he says in John 7:24 “Stop judging by mere appearances, but instead judge correctly.” Even logically speaking, to say that all judging is bad would mean even condemning judging is bad. But as Christians we often miss what it means to judge ...

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Deeper Still

Sunday’s message in our series called “Stained Glass: Brilliance from Brokenness” put forth some foundational thoughts when it comes to the Gospel taking your broken life and making something new. The most important thing I took away from the message was when James talked about the Gospel reaching our unfathomable hurts and our deepest darkness. He said, “What I am saying is that the message of the Gospel, the message ...

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The Brilliance of Brokenness

You are a broken individual. This is the message we will be hearing over the next year through 2 Corinthians in our new series called “Stained Glass: Brilliance from Brokenness.” Your immediate reaction to this may be one of two things: (1) I most certainly am not broken, or (2) Wow, this is going to be a depressing year at church. But I want to give you a little insight ...

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First Celebrity Church

Drew Greenway, our worship pastor at Harris Creek, forwarded me an article (see the article here) today that lists the fastest growing churches in America for this year. The article says that most of the fastest growing churches in America are in California, Texas and Florida. But there happens to be one church in Conway, Arkansas that is an exception to the rule. Some would say the reason for growth ...

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Single-minded

Michael Jordan’s speech at the Basketball Hall of Fame induction ceremony on last Friday night have been bugging me all weekend. I had always heard how obsessive Jordan was with winning and how he was at times a jerk if that’s what it took to win. But, as other articles have pointed out (click here for one I'll reference in this post), the pettiness of Jordan was the primary thing ...

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ESPN Theology

Last night at Sola we talked about the idea that “God has a perfect plan for your life” and Jeremiah 29:11 in a series called Coffee Cup Christianity. The idea of this series is to look at popular Christian slogans with new lenses in order to recover the truth found in Scripture when it comes to certain topics such as this one. I quoted one of my seminary professors, Roger ...

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Terrible as Death, Beautiful as Life

This last weekend we took 17 of our small group leaders down to Galveston, Texas, for a retreat. The weekend was called “RE-CRE8 RE-TREAT” which was meant to play on two ideas: The idea of experiencing re-creation  (or rebirth) that the Bible talks about. The other plan I had in mind was the idea of enjoying some time of recreation and hanging out on the beach. It was a weekend ...

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Passion or Obedience?

At the Willow Creek Leadership Summit in August, a guy named Dave Gibbons said, “Obedience is more important than passion.” As I think about this statement, he is exactly right and has hit head on what is wrong with so many Christians today. Let me explain. Yesterday I went running for the first time in 8 days, and I was actually nervous before I took off because I knew it ...

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