Misfits on a Mission, Finding Identity in Jesus

Worship as Formation

As the kick-off of the Adore series, we explore Paul’s exhortation to the church in Rome (12.1-2), to present their bodies as a living sacrifice in order to have their minds renewed. For Paul worship is counter-formation. It is the antidote to the ways we’re being malformed by our everyday practices and rhythms. Christian worship…

The Pilgrimage of Faith

Epiphany means “to make manifest.” This is a season in which the church celebrates the revelation of Jesus as Messiah and Lord of all people groups. In Matthew 2, this begins with the visitation of the Magi from the East. The journey of the Magi is an archetype of the journey of faith, which is…

Beyond a Flannel Graph Christmas

Far too often, the Christmas story is haunted by the lingering effects of our Sunday School, two-dimensional, “Flannel Graph” understanding of the story. We have sanitized and domesticated the story, stripping it of its politically-charged, scandalous, and awe-inspiring power. We have removed the cultural and socioeconomic dimensions, to safeguard the status quo. And we have…

The Way of Repentance

We conclude our teaching series, “Advent in Narnia,” with a message by Pastor T. C. on Matthew 3.1-12. The Advent season is a time of preparation for Christmastide, when we celebrate the birth of Messiah Jesus, the King and Liberator. During Advent, we take sober inventory of our hearts and lives. John the Forerunner calls…