Become

Become

Why Taboo?

With just two more weeks, our current series, “Taboo! Uncomfortable Topics in the Church, will be winding down” This Sunday, we will have John Mark Tittsworth bringing our seventh topic: “Let’s Talk About Understanding Yourself.” I know he will bring an insightful and challenging message and will lead us into further conversations on Wednesday night at our Table Conversations in the Conversation Café. The eighth and final topic will be on Sunday, November 22. We will have a panel discussion…

Reclaiming our voice

This Sunday, October 4, begins an eight-week teaching series on subjects not often addressed within a church service. The series is titled, “Taboo! Uncomfortable Topics in Church.” Let me be clear; the goal is not to sensationalize our Sunday morning gatherings, but to consider the clear teaching of Scripture on subjects too often surrendered to the culture.  I am aware that your older children and youth will be present. Rest assured, we will not address any subject in graphic fashion.…

Lead us not into temptation

One evening David got up from his bed and walked around on the roof of the palace. From the roof, he saw a woman bathing. The woman was very beautiful, and David sent someone to find out about her. The man said, “She is Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam and the wife of Uriah the Hittite. Then David sent messengers to get her.“ 2 Samuel 11:2-4 An Epic Tragedy The story of David and Bathsheba is a tragedy of epic…

One Coin, Two Sides

SINGLE SCRIPTURE THEOLOGY Last Sunday I mentioned the danger of building our theology upon a single verse of Scripture. Specifically, I said we are all-too-eager to use one verse in crafting our understanding of salvation while dismissing other verses that address the same subject.  For instance, we confidently point to Romans 10:9, “If you declare with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved,” while ignoring Matthew…

DON’T OVERLOOK THE JOURNEY

Lessons learned on a Mountain The Kingdom of God may be more about the journey than the destination.  While vacationing earlier this month, Phyllis and I decided to drive to Lake City, Colorado. We were staying just outside Buena Vista, Colorado, so we had a two-and-a-half-hour drive ahead of us.  Halfway to Lake City, at the top of Monarch Pass, we were stopped by a road crew. The flagman apologized, explaining there was a danger of trees falling onto the…

Such a time as this

Every great movement of God can be traced to a kneeling figure. D. L. Moody Every documented time of revival, renewal, or spiritual awakening in church history shares one thing in common: each was preceded by a significant season of prayer. Laying the Foundation For the next nine weeks, August and September, we will work on deepening our commitment to prayer. We are laying the foundation of a “significant season of prayer” at Alsbury. We long to see God work…

Shake This Place

Empowered by the Holy Spirit Since Easter, we have looked to the first four chapters of Acts to answer the question, “What does a church truly empowered by the Holy Spirit look like?” Can what was experienced by the earliest followers of Jesus be experienced by his followers today? Last Sunday we read in Acts 4:31, “After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word…

A Letter on Racism

Dear Alsbury Family, I have accepted the responsibility to draft our official position regarding the sin of racism. This should be an easy task, but the pervasive strife and tension throughout our country tell me the challenge is anything but easy.  The last time I spoke specifically about the sin of racism, multiple families left our worship service. I realize this effort to unite our church in a genuine and public stand against racism risks offending some of the very people I…

How Do We Respond?

Few can recall a more tense season than the one we are living right now.  The deaths of George Floyd and Ahmaud Arbery are described with the adjectives, disturbing, heartbreaking, senseless, and indefensible. No matter the crimes they were suspected of – or past crimes they may have committed – the events leading up to their deaths were shocking and unjustified. In this, we all agree. How to respond to differing opinions regarding how best to voice our grief and…

A Time for Celebration

Last Sunday was exciting… Over one hundred people gathered last Sunday for our on-site, in-person worship service. Many more joined through Facebook Live and the Alsbury Church YouTube channel.  Based upon engagement by those worshipping in person it was clear people were excited about returning. It was a special experience and the number in attendance will only grow. Based upon the number who engaged through our virtual platforms it was clear many people continue to have serious reservations about in-person…

Invest in Prayer

World Investments vs. Kingdom Investments We have seen volatile ups-and-downs in the stock market. People lost as much as ten percent of their retirement savings in a singe day. Record setting declines followed by neck wrenching increases give new meaning to the old adage, “It’s a roller coaster ride.”  The volatility is due in part to a global fear over the coronavirus. Restricted travel and trade prompted massive selloffs in stock markets around the world. We all feel the impact…

His mission is our mission

In Luke’s Gospel, chapter four, we read that Jesus began his public ministry with a reading from Isaiah. In the synagogue in Nazareth, surrounded by respected religious leaders of the community, Jesus read: The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of…