Engaging with God’s Story

“Story” is a buzz-word in today’s culture.  Why? I’m sure there are a number of reasons, but chief among them is the fact that for the most part, any claim to knowing truth is met with skepticism and distrust.  In the past, a preacher could communicate truth from the pulpit and expect it to be […]

What Would Your Last Prayer Be?

Are you following Jesus today? I mean really following? A thought occurred to me that might help answer that question. John 17 is Jesus’ last major time of prayer before his death.  “Father, the hour has come… I am coming to you now..” are words that almost sound like a debriefing before the final stretch.  […]

Encountering the Miraculous

Anthony and his family have been a part of our church for years. Now in his late 20’s, Anthony is one of those individuals that continually reminds us that having special needs often results in a surprising amount of love and joy that is unexpectedly experienced on behalf of those he interacts with.  Anthony adds […]

ACC Kickoff Weekend in Review

Despite all fears and anxieties, ACC’s Kickoff weekend was a success!  Our church has been challenged with the mandate to unite around our mission to make discipleRs, and this weekend proved that people are on board and desire to be a part of what God is doing. The weekend started off on Friday, September 17th […]

A Glimpse into “Wrong Way to Hope.”

It’s an intriguing idea:  Take a bunch of young adult cancer survivors out into the middle of nowhere and send them on a remote 10 day river kayaking journey…. Oh, and while we’re at it, let’s film a documentary about it.  Intriguing, and perhaps a bit unique, risky, and bizarre to say the least? It’s […]

Are Teens Becoming “Fake” Christians?

(CNN) — If you’re the parent of a Christian teenager, Kenda Creasy Dean has this warning: Your child is following a “mutant” form of Christianity, and you may be responsible. Dean says more American teenagers are embracing what she calls “moralistic therapeutic deism.” Translation: It’s a watered-down faith that portrays God as a “divine therapist” […]

Redeeming the Imagination

I believe prayer is often misunderstood.  We know what prayer is – talking to God.  “Prayer doesn’t have to be complicated.”  That’s what we tell new believers, especially.  “Just talk to God as if He were right next to you, because He hears you.”  And of course, this is true.  But we don’t always seem […]

The Full Consequences of Unity / Disunity

John 17:20-21 – 20 “I do not rask for these only, but also for those swho will believe in me through their word, 21 tthat they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that uthey also may be in vus, so that the world wmay believe that […]

National Debt, Impending Disaster, and the Christian Response

Our nation has gone massively into debt.  We hear about the national deficit quite a bit, but I wonder if perhaps we don’t fully understand the full implications of our predicament. Up to this point in history, America has never faced a problem quite like this.  According to one documentary, we are probably almost beyond […]

What Happens When a Generation Won’t Grow Up?

In today’s world we don’t hear a lot of voices or messages emphasizing the need for maturity. This is true of the church and our culture in general. There are a lot conflicting values that we become indoctrinated with, but maturity is not really on the radar for the most part. In contrast, other messages […]