Adulting: Financial Wisdom

According to a recent comprehensive study funded by Bank of America and USA Today, when millennials were asked to define adulthood in their own words, the most common response was achieving financial independence. For most young people, economic accomplishments outweigh more traditional milestones like getting married, moving out on their own, or graduating from high school or college. It's hard to feel like an adult when mom and dad are paying for everything. 

Adulting: Sexual Wisdom

We live in an age of colossal confusion regarding the most important and consequential areas of life. Since our society can't tell us who we really are, it certainly can't offer much helpful advice in terms of how we are to live. We hear clichés like: "follow your heart or your dreams," and "do whatever makes you happy" and "just do you (unless your an axe-murder)" and "do what feels good." Our most elite and expensive schools don't offer much guidance in how we are to live. So we turn to social commentators, political pundits, life coaches and gurus, celebrities, and comedians. The problem is, most of them haven't figured out this whole life thing either... though they have figured out ways to make money peddling life-advice to the rest of us... so kudos to them for that. 

New Series: "Adulting"

Are you good at life? How are your life skills? Got the whole "adult" thing down pat? How's your "adulting" IQ?

Let's take a quick inventory. Can you change a tire? Know how to check your car's oil? How about the tire pressure? Know how to get your car registered and inspected on time? Do you know how to interview? Do you know how to keep a job? Do you have a plan for your career advancement?

Good Friday & Easter Sunday

I'm just sending out this email as a quick reminder that we have our annual Good Friday service today at 7pm. Also, Easter is on Sunday. We'll hold all three of our regular services at 9:30am, 11:15am, and 5pm. Additionally, Mosaic Boston, JP will be holding their first service on Easter at 10:30am at 493 Centre St in Jamaica Plain. If you can come help them set up at 7:30am on Sunday, they would really appreciate that! 

Jesus: apart from me you can do nothing

As we continue our sermon series through the "I Am" statements of Jesus Christ, we get to one of his most astonishing statement in the Gospel of John, chapter 15. In the context of proclaiming himself as the life-source of the universe ("I am the true vine"), Jesus shockingly says, "apart from me you can do nothing." Now, that's a staggering statement to make! Nothing? At first glance, there appear to be many things, many people do daily, apart from Jesus.

Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it

One of my favorite hymns is "Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing," penned by the 18th century pastor Robert Robinson in 1757. What's surprising is that he wrote this brilliant hymn at the age of 22 (oh the things that were accomplished before the constant stream of distractions offered by the Internet!). One of the motifs in the hymn that stirs my heart every time I sing it, is that of Jesus the Shepherd, and me as a dumb, helpless, wandering sheep.

I love food

I'm sending out this newsletter right before lunch, and I'm hungry, and I'm reminded just how much I love food. I LOVE food!! Food is my love language. There are three ways to my heart: buy me food, cook me food, or be food. I love the smell of food, the taste of food, the eating of food... and everything in between. On the flip side, I'm not a big fan of hunger. The hunger pangs, the weakness, the lack of energy aren't much fun. Dieting is always rough. Praise God for food. 

Jesus in his own words

What have been some of the most important questions in your life? What is my purpose? What should I do? Where should I go to school? Where should I work? Where should I live? Whom should I date? Whom should I marry? How long will I live? 

As important as these questions are, and as far reaching as their implications may be, there is no more important question that this: Who is Jesus Christ to you? Your life and your eternity depends on this answer. 

Ephesians 6: Parenting, Work, & Spiritual Warfare

We live in a culture of growing commitment phobia: people are afraid to commit. Everyone wants to keep their options open and their independence unbridled. People are afraid to commit to a job or career. Couples are afraid to commit to one another for life. Parents find it difficult to commit to raising their children. Committing to a church is almost unheard of! So when people practice true commitment, it's absolutely countercultural.