Growing Up in Christ

Growing Up in Christ

This weekend we will be starting a new sermon series, Growing Up in Christ. The goal of this series is to help true followers of Jesus better understand the nature of spiritual growth and maturity. One of the realities of…

The Dangerous Idea of Bible Study

The Dangerous Idea of Bible Study

A few years ago, Alister McGrath—a conservative, British, Anglican theologian—published a fascinating book entitled, Christianity’s Dangerous Idea (Amazon, B&N). The point of the book was to confront a danger Christians fall into in Western culture: namely, the idea that the…

How Do You Grow Spiritually?

How Do You Grow Spiritually?

How do you grow spiritually? Seems like a simple question, but the various answers that are given differ widely. There are three common paradigms that are followed in the Christian world: 1. Mystical Spiritual Growth Path The primary assumption here…

Want God's Blessing? Tithe!

Want God’s Blessing? Tithe!

A new 5-year constituency study released by the State of the Plate gives an inside look at the financial, giving, and spiritual practices of 4,413 people who donate 10% or more each year. According to the Christian Post, researchers compared…

Missions: I Can't Believe I Was Soooo Blind

Missions: I Can’t Believe I Was Soooo Blind

Our first church was in Balaton, Minnesota (population: 753). Balaton stands in a sleepy rural intersection in southwestern Minnesota, between Ruthton, Tyler, and Walnut Grove. Yes, the Walnut Grove of Little House on the Prairie fame. Our church was nestled…