New Sermon Series

New Sermon Series

Google the term "humble confidence" and you'll get article upon article, blog upon blog, book upon book, about how developing the paradoxical blend of "humble confidence" is one of the greatest secrets to success in life. Though many can tell you that "humble confidence" is important, many are inept at telling you how to develop it. Life-coaches first start with tips on growing in humility, then give you tips on growing in confidence, and by the end, the lists seem to cancel each other out, and you're back to square one of prideful insecurity. Is it even possible to simultaneously grow in both humility and confidence?

Following a God who Kneels

Following a God who Kneels

In 2017, Rod Dreher, senior editor at The American Conservative, wrote a book entitled The Benedict Option, A Strategy for Christians in a Post-Christian Nation. In the book, Dreher argues that because Christians have been decentered socially, culturally, politically, we can "no longer live business-as-usual lives in America." Because of the onslaught of cultural hostility and internal decay, Dreher calls for a "strategic withdrawal" of traditional Christians, who need to root themselves more deeply in the historic faith. He argues that "If believers don't come out of Babylon and be separate, sometimes metaphorically, sometimes literally, their faith will not survive for another generation or two in this culture of death." The way forward, according to Dreher, is the way "back" to St. Benedict of Nursia, the early medieval monk who retreated to the forest after Rome's fall.

Chick-fil-A or Popeyes?

Chick-fil-A or Popeyes?

If you haven't heard, I'm sorry to report, Popeyes is out of their brand new chicken sandwich.

If you have, for some reason, missed it, distracted by things more important than social media chicken wars, here's a quick recap of how we got here. On August 12, Popeyes debuted its new fried chicken sandwich, a slab of crunchy fried chicken breast on brioche with pickles and mayonnaise, which can be either spicy or not.

Pixelated Love

Pixelated Love

In Dostoevsky's Brother's Karamazov, a "Society Lady" goes to an elder of the monastery begging him to help alleviate her suffering. 

"I suffer... from lack of faith."
"Lack of faith in God?"
"Oh, no, no! I dare not even think of that. But the future life--it is such an enigma...The thought of the life beyond the grave distracts me to anguish, to terror."

She wasn't struggling with believing in God.
She was struggling with trusting God. 
She believed that God is love.
She had a hard time believing God loves her. 

Bound by Love

Bound by Love

In the 1970's, American psychologist, Dr. Bruce Alexander ran a study called "Rat Park." Researches had already proven that when rats were placed in a cage, all alone, and offered two water bottles--one filled with water and the other with heroin or cocaine--the rats would frenetically drink from the drug bottle until they all died of overdose. 

Dr. Alexander wondered: was it just the drug that caused the addiction, or might the isolation have something to do with it? 

The Gifts that keep on Giving

The Gifts that keep on Giving

The greatest gifts in life are people you love and people who love you. 
You can have a big, beautiful house, but if you live there alone, there's an ache in your soul.
You can have a fast, shiny car, but if you have no one to ride with, and no-one to visit, your passenger is sadness. The best trips are with friends. The best pictures from those trips aren't selfies. 

The Danger of Overconfidence

The Danger of Overconfidence

If there’s one thing that Christians can take away from Lindsey Jacobellis, it is to not be overconfident. We have one shot at living the Christian life and we can’t ruin it by being reckless with our freedom. Lindsey at least took home the silver medal. Second place for us is eternal condemnation.