There seems to be a knee-jerk response on the part of some Christians to the idea of remembering or even acknowledging Good Friday. It usually sounds something like this: “Why do we need to designate a day to remember the cross? We do it every week on Sunday when we gather as a church, right? […]Read more "Why Good Friday Is So Important "
Yesterday, at Valley Christian Church, we set aside the current Summer sermon series we are in and instead, I preached a sermon addressing the racial tensions that our country now sees played out with regularity in current events. The name of the sermon was “The Reconciled Church”. Racial reconciliation has been a passion point for […]Read more "The Shame of Segregated Sundays"
“In recent decades, ambient sounds have become omnipresent in church gatherings. Meetings start with a synth swell and every song after that is connected to the next with musical glue. Synth pads play softly behind prayer, Scripture readings, song intros, communion and, in some cases, the preaching. If you don’t have someone who can produce the necessary sounds, no worries. “worship pads” in every key are available […]Read more "No, Your Synthesizer Is Not the Holy Spirit"
This is an excellent post by my friend, Bishop Joe Mattera. Check it out on the link below … http://josephmattera.org/ten-things-pastors-wish-their-congregations-understood-about-them/Read more "TEN THINGS PASTORS WISH THEIR CONGREGATIONS UNDERSTOOD ABOUT THEM"
It’s really awesome when those outside the church recognize the incredible things going on at VALLEY Christian Church. In late November, I received a call from Andy McDonough, who writes for Church Production Magazine. He had heard about VALLEY’s approach to using technology and wanted to interview me and some of the rest of the […]Read more "Tech With Conscience"
Recently, in a conversation in our staff meeting, we were sharing some awesome stories about what God is doing in our church. We’ve seen 97 people receive Christ in their heart for the first time, in a period of less than 18 months and are thanking God for every one. So, the staff at VALLEY […]Read more "5 Signs Your Church Is Reaching The Unchurched"
So excited about this week’s message at VALLEY Christian Church, “7 Habits for Spiritual Health“. It’s part of our “TRANSFORMED” series. Click on the highlighted link to see the bumper and to learn more. I hope to see you this Sunday at 8:30, 10:15 or 12:00! Here’s a brief overview from last week “Setting Personal […]Read more "Ready 2 TRANSFORM?"
There seems to be a knee-jerk response on the part of some Christians to the idea of remembering or even acknowledging Good Friday. It usually sounds something like this: “Why do we need to designate a day to remember the cross? We do it every week on Sunday when we gather as a church, right? […]Read more "Why Good Friday Is So Important"
Yesterday, I gave an important message at VALLEY Christian Church, stressing the Biblical importance and mandate for church diversity. When I became the Lead Pastor, our church was 100% White. I felt God’s conviction that this was not healthy or Biblical, so I began to lead the church in a vision of diversity for our […]Read more "Church Diversity: The Undeniable Truth"
Many Christians get really uptight around Christmas whenever anyone uses the abbreviation “Xmas” instead of writing out, C-H-R-I-S-T-M-A-S. Often the response is, “I’m keeping CHRIST in CHRISTmas”! Though well meaning, this is said in ignorance (and many times arrogance). “Xmas” is NOT some sort of compromise to pressure making Christmas secular, in fact “Xmas” is as […]Read more "Merry Xmas!"