Thursday, April 10, 2014

Sunday, April 13th @ 9.45am


The question that we will be looking at this Sunday will be: "What has changed since the resurrection?"

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Sin & Salvation


I was looking over Lesslie Newbigin's book Sin and Salvation and found this great section on salvation. I had to share this challenging question that he lays out for us.
"But when all this has been said, there are still two serious difficulties which have to be considered. The first is this: love must be shown not only in deeds, but in deeds which are actually directed to the need of the other person. If I am drowning in a well and another man jumps into the well and rescues me, while he himself is drowned in the effort, then there can be no doubt about that man's love. He has given his life for me. But if I am attacked by a tiger I need a different kind of help. My friend may jump into the well and drown himself, but that will not rescue me from the tiger. In that case, even though my friend may jump into the well and drown himself, but that will not rescue me from the tiger. In that case, even though my friend gave up his life, I cannot say that he loved me or saved me. Christ gave up His life on the cross, but how does that save me? How does it rescue me from my sin? Unless we can show that there is some connection between Christ's death and my sin I cannot believe that Christ's death is a proof of love for me, or that it has saved me from sin. Clearly it is not enough simply to say that the cross is a revelation of God's love, unless we can answer these questions."

Thursday, April 3, 2014

WikiWorship Question #5


On Sunday, April 6th at 9.45am we will be gathering for WikiWorship at Hell's Kitchen (118 Princess Street - Wilmington). We will be covering this question that came to us online: "Why do Christians tend to pick and choose verses out of the Bible as scriptural support, yet dismiss other verses that may contradict their claims? Is it not okay to view the Bible as bits and pieces, rather than a whole?" All are invited to come.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Divisive

This Sunday, March 30th at 9.45am we are covering this question for WikiWorship: "How does the church reconcile the hostility toward homosexuality when it seems that it is no more vilified than divorce or even lust?" This is about as divisive of an issue we can have now-a-days. We see this in the news, and what we find are talking heads yelling at each other about opinions. What I long for is a respectful conversation that allows us to be authentic and real. In this we can embody hope ----- where we can create a place where it can be safe to talk about some of the most difficult questions of life ----- rather than a dangerous place to talk about little to nothing. In the book of Ephesians the Apostle Paul writes: "He has abolished the law with its commandments and ordinances, that he might create in himself one new humanity in place of the two, thus making peace, and might reconcile both groups to God in one body through the cross, thus putting to death that hostility through it." [Ephesians 2.15-16] Here we learn that in Christ he makes a new humanity ----- even though there was hostility ----- and this new humanity is reconciled at the cross. I would urge us all to approach this question from the foot of the cross. For at the foot of the cross we find who we are ------ sinners in need of a savior [1 Timothy 1.15].

Thursday, March 27, 2014

WikiWorship - Sunday, March 30th at 9.45am

On Sunday, March 30th at 9.45am we will be gathering for WikiWorship at Hell's Kitchen (118 Princess Street - Wilmington). We will be covering this question that came to us online: "How does the church reconcile the hostility toward homosexuality when it seems that it is no more vilified than divorce or even lust?" All are invited to come.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

WikiWorship Question #3


The question we will be covering on Sunday, March 23rd at 9.45am is this: "Why are people born in poverty where they have been sexually, physically, and emotionally abused; while others are born into 3 bedroom homes with some hope; while others are born in Landfall?" This will be at Hell's Kitchen (118 Princess Street - Wilmington).

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

End Time Headlines - WikiWorship

I never would have thought that WikiWorship would have made it to a website like End Time Headlines ------ so I had to comment on that. They do not write any commentary on the website ------ so I don't know if there using WikiWorship as a sign of the end times or they are using it as a compliment that we are working diligently to reach into the darkness during the end times. Which ever way we take that ------ I have to say that is truly a resume builder if you get an article written on the End Time Headlines page ;-) http://endtimeheadlines.org/uncategorized/wikiworship-lets-church-members-edit-pastors-sunday-sermon/

Monday, March 10, 2014

Thank you

Thank you to all of you that were able to come out for the kick-off of WikiWorship.  We tackled a really hard question ------ and you all did it with kindness and respect.  That is really hard to do in today's culture of talking heads yelling at each other on the television, through the blogosphere, and through soundbites.  I appreciate your support and look forward to seeing you all at the next gatherings.  Remember we will be gathering for 5 more weeks.  March 16th, 23rd, 30th; April 6th, 13th.  This is at 9.45am on Sunday mornings at Hell's Kitchen (118 Princess Street - downtown Wilmington).  Also, if you have a question you would like to submit please go to this website and insert on in the Google Form: anchorwilmington.org/wikiworship

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Gathering Questions - Embodying Hope

Over the past few weeks, I have thoroughly enjoyed gathering questions.  Recently I was in a bar gathering questions and I received some terrific ones.  It seems so easy just to ask folks if they have questions about God and life.  This ends up opening up some great doors for real conversations about the deepest matters of life. 
Over and over I am awe-struck about the ease of just being a listener.  So often we feel like we have to talk and talk and talk.  But in reality, being present in the conversation as one who is willing to listen is even more important.  Sure there are times where we need to talk ------- but that should always be tempered with the ear attuned to the conversation in front of us. 
Two words that have been sticking with me over the last couple months are these: Embodying Hope.  In so many ways we can live into that embodiment of hope by being good listeners.  This is much like Job's friends (at the beginning of the book of Job ------ not the end).  It says in Job 2.13: "They sat with him on the ground seven days and seven nights, and no one spoke a word to him, for they saw that his suffering was very great."  They literally sat with their friend ------ they didn't give advice or try to convince him to think the way they thought.  Instead, they sat.  And in this action they embodied a hope that there was something more in this life.