The Warehouse – A New Harris Creek Worship Project

Hey Church Family, I know this blog finds you in an extremely busy (and sometimes stressful) Christmas season, where you have countless responsibilities and obligations, as you try to get EVERYTHING done that there is to do before celebrating Christmas. I’m no different – even finding time to write this blog has been challenging! Even through all the busyness, I wanted to let all of you know what we’ve been ...

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Lent Day 33 Reflection

These were the words of Sunday for our congregation as we continued our Lenten devotions and worshipped together. Listen for the themes of the family of God, the powerful transcendence and immanence of God, as well as the joyful liberation that is available for us to fully receive. I've included a brief poem I wrote while listening to the sermon at our Downtown Campus. God is our refuge and strength, a very ...

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Beginning Like the End

Last week my wife, Becca, gave birth to our second child, which is still one of the craziest experiences to go through in this life. To see new life enter the world is incredible, and I’ve obviously been thinking about this a lot over the last month. Simultaneously, I’ve been preparing for my next sermon series at Harris Creek called “The New Exodus” where we will be studying Romans 8. ...

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Africa and Incarnational Ministry

In a few days, I’m heading to the Horn of Africa with a team from Harris Creek to visit one of our missionary families. The question I’ve been asked by a number of people is, “What are you going to do while you’re there?” Let me start by saying I acknowledge that this is a completely natural and valid question to ask. It’s also a question that has very tangible ...

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Providence

I said in yesterday’s blog that we are starting what I hope will be an annual series called “Christ and Culture” this Sunday. We are going to take four weeks to look at what culture says about God and compare it to Scripture. Each year, my hope is to tackle a different subject and compare the two worldviews. This year, we are going to look specifically at what culture is ...

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Fortune Tellers

“Look here, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we are going to a certain town and will stay there a year. We will do business there and make a profit.” How do you know what your life will be like tomorrow? Your life is like the morning fog—it’s here a little while, then it’s gone.” James 4:13–14 NLT I was talking to my grandfather this afternoon and he told me something ...

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Sidetracked

A few weeks ago I introduced the concept of hesed and said that this is the purpose of every Christian. We can boil down who we are to be and what we are to do into two basic ideas: love God and love others. This would seem to be pretty simple when you think about it, but a lot of times we get sidetracked from our primary purpose in this ...

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Hesed

This last weekend at Harris Creek we started a new series called “Everyday People." (You can listen to the sermon podcast by clicking here) We focused in on one Hebrew word that called “hesed.” Hesed summarizes Ruth’s actions in her story and shows what we are called to if we want to participate in God’s bigger story. Here are some reminders about the word hesed. Hesed cannot be translated well into ...

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Follow-up on “The Core”

I wanted to post some follow-up thoughts on our latest series called “The Core.” These thoughts came from our Sermon/Group Link material that was geared towards Life Groups processing this particular sermon series. I thought I would share with you some thoughts that take the sermons a little further and look at our core values from a slightly different angle. I also included some process questions to help you continue ...

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Cell Phone-less

On Sunday night we had American Idol in our Student Ministry, and my cell phone received over 900 text messages from students voting during the 30 minutes of performances. I’m not sure if this is what crashed my phone, but for whatever reason I just received my seventh iPhone (side shout out to Apple Care for their great customer service) as I was writing this sentence. But this left me ...

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