Sunday, December 13, 2009

Haiti Water Project Gift Cards

Cabbatch patch 1 As you have heard on Sunday Nights we have once again decided to ask you to take part in giving to the Haiti Water Project this year with the rest of our community.  In our effort to Spend Less on the things that don't really matter, and give more to those things that more fully reflect the God we serve, we have decided to try and help build clean water wells to those who do not currently have access to one.

To make things easier for you we have made a series of gift cards you can give as presents this Christmas, in lieu of the bad sweater you were going to give.  The picture above is one example among others like: "We sent your fruitcake to Haiti"

So donate some money to build clean wells and then you can download the front and back of gift cards from the PDF files below.

Download , print , and enjoy

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Monday, November 30, 2009

Our Communal Advent Prayer.

For those of you that did not get to attend last night we began the advent season together as a community.  We have decided to have the whole community pray a daily Advent prayer and light a candle as we attempt to re orient ourselves towards what this Christmas Season is all about.  If you did not get a chance to pick it up last night here is the prayer that we chose. 

An Advent Prayer by Henri J.M. Nouwen

Lord Jesus,

Master of both the light and the darkness, send your Holy Spirit upon our preparations for Christmas.

We who have so much to do seek quiet spaces to hear your voice each day.

We who are anxious over many things look forward to your coming among us.

We who are blessed in so many ways long for the complete joy of your kingdom.

We whose hearts are heavy seek the joy of your presence.

We are your people, walking in darkness, yet seeking the light.

To you we say, "Come Lord Jesus!"

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

This year we will be taking part in the Advent Conspiracy study again during the season of Advent (last Sunday in Nov. through Christmas) Here is a little video to help get you thinking about the Conspiracy of Incarnation.

Monday, November 2, 2009

The Lord's Prayer

Just wanted to remind you that we have been making our way through the "Lord's Prayer" on Sundays.  We have posted 6 of the seven talks on our podcast page (1 of the recordings did not turn out).  You can go to the podcasts directly or you can look us up through itunes.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Hawkins Football Game


Thanks for coming out for the game on Saturday.  Hawkins won the game
and we had a lot of fun eating hot dogs and cheering the team on.  You
can see all the photos in the photo album that is in the margin of this

Monday, October 19, 2009

Baptism service

The podcast from last night service and baptism is available on our podcast page or available on itunes.  Thanks for all the help in getting everything set up.  Here are a couple of pics of the guys setting things up and "cooking the water" so as to not freeze anyone! 


Monday, September 28, 2009

Thanks for all your work!!

Habitat for Humanity was a big success due to your commitment.  Thank you for sacrificing your finances and your sweat to make it happen.  Because of everyone's hard work and common purpose there are five families with new homes this week.  You should be proud of what can be accomplished when everyone gets on the same page, stops talking church, and starts being the church.

You can view some of the pictures by clicking on the album to the left, or just click this link.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Movie Night - This Tuesday

0107pbs This Tuesday at 7:30 att he Dixon house we will be watching the Documentary "The Merchants of Cool"

Eat dinner before you come, and join us as we watch the movie and have a discussion following the film.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Questions for 7/21/09

Road to Jericho  If you did not get a chance to be there last Sunday night you can find the talk on our podcast page here.  Here are some questions that will hopefully keep the conversation going during the week

1) What was going through your mind/emotions as you hear the story that was read to start the night?

2) We talked about the Priest and Levite having a theology problem considering there were commands not to touch the dead/ bodily fluids, but there are also commands about caring for those in need.  Do you feel like you experience problems like this with scripture sometimes?  What do you do if you feel like the Bible might be telling you to do 2 different things?

3) Do you think the church today has their own "Samaritans"? (People that they avoid at all costs b/c they are seen as "unclean"somehow)  How have you seen the church succeed or fail in their relationship to "Samaritans"  What could they have done better?

4) In the story the most Christlike character is the most disliked character.  Why do you think it might have been important for the Samaritan to be the one helping the man and not the other way around?

5) What are some of the practical implications of this controversial story for you as an individual follower of Christ, and for us as a community?

Monday, June 22, 2009

Questions from Sundays Talk

Exorcist-the-exorcist-2824273-1024-768 We talked out of Luke 10 last night about the typical Father's Day topic of exorcism!

If you were not there last night than you can download the talk through itunes or directly from our website here.

Here are some questions that might help keep the conversation going a little bit.

1.) What is your initial reaction when you read in scripture about things like exorcism?  If your honest would you say you tend to ignore them, think about them literally, or think about them symbolically?

2.) Do you feel like the images you have attached to things like exorcism, demons, etc are more influenced by popular culture, the Bible, things you have actually seen, or some combination if these?  Explain...

3.) One thing we seem to know for sure from these passages is that the life of discipleship has power.  Do you feel strange talking about power in regards to your Christian life?  If so why?  In what ways have you experienced the power of following Christ?

4.) Did the talk Sunday night cause you to think about things like exorcism any differently?  How so?  Was there anything in particular you found thought provoking, or any thing you think you disagree with?  (and yes, as always, it is more than ok to disagree with something said on Sunday night)

5.) We talked about the fact that the Kingdom of God doesn't accupy the same space as the Kingdoms of this world.  Do you feel comfortable sharing some ways in which you experience the tension in your own life of the two kinds of Kingdoms trying the push the other out?

6.) If we are all, in a sense, called to be exorcists (those who embody/help establish the Kingdom of God which pushes out all competing Kingdoms)... How do you see that playing out practically in your own life?

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Questions from Sunday 6-14-09

If you were not with us you can catch last week's talk on our podcast page.  Here are some questions that will hopefully keep the conversation going.

Luke 10:16"He who listens to you listens to me; he who rejects you rejects me; but he who rejects me rejects him who sent me."

1.) How would you react/feel hearing Jesus say this to you?  Does it seem like Good news, bad news, unrealistic....?

2.) Do you tend to see yourself as a person that represents God's words in this world?  Why or why not?

3.) Was there a time in your life when you felt confident speaking on behalf of God?  Have there been times when you felt totally unqualified?  Have you ever seen God really use something you have said?  Have you ever said something that you thought represented God, that you are now sure did not?

4.) What are some of the best or worst things you have heard said "in the name of God".

5.)  we talked about two safeguards against the dark side of speaking for God.  How do you see humility helping to protect us from the dangers we discussed? 

6.) How do you see the guiding question of , "Does it look like Jesus?" helping to protect us from the dangers we discussed?

7.) Mike mentioned the recent murder of a Doctor in Kansas as an example of a time and place where those safeguards could have changed things.  Can you think of specific instances in your life or the news where those two safeguards mentioned should have been in place?

Monday, June 8, 2009

Questions from Sunday 6-7-2009

If you did not get the chance to come out this last week you can download the talk from the last week on our website

Here are some questions that might help unpack the topic a little bit.

1) Can you relate to the tension that is sometimes present in the way we talk about the Love and Peace of God on one hand, and the Judgment of God on the other hand? In what ways do you think we over-emphasize or under-emphasize either God's Peace or God's judgment?

2) We talked about having glimpses in our life of the Shalom of God.  Those moments when everything seems to be the way it was intended to be.  When are some times and places in your life when you feel like you get these glimpses of Shalom?

3) How do we as followers of Christ really offer Peace to those we come across?

4) In what ways do you see yourself, or people of faith in general, lean towards judging instead of offering peace?  What are some times and places where you have seen Christians take the job of judging as there own?  What are some times and places in which you have seen some choose a message of Shalom when it would be much easier to judge?

5) How do you think the message "the Kingdom of God is Near" can simultaneously be a message of Peace/Hope and a message of Judgment?  What does this mean practically for you in the way you live out your faith?

Monday, May 25, 2009

Questions from Sunday 5-24-09: Luke 10:4-11

You can listen/download the talk here

1.) Do you feel like you have a kingdom?  A domain where you make the rules etc.?  What does your domain communicate?

2.) The message that is given to those sent out is "The Kingdom of God is near".  We talked about the present and future aspects of that message.  Are either of those aspects more difficult for you to embrace or believe at times?  Does either aspect bring you more comfort?  What is the importance of both?

3.) We talked about the importance of the medium and the message.  Can you think of any examples in your personal history (in or out of church) where the medium undermined or did not match the message?

4Do not take a purse or bag or sandals; and do not greet anyone on the road….7Stay in that house, eating and drinking whatever they give you

4.) What do you think about the importance of dependence in the way we are living out of the message?  Why was it important to Christ's message that he came to earth so dependent?  Why is it for us?

7Stay in that house, eating and drinking whatever they give you, for the worker deserves his wages

5.) What about the importance of having an open table/sacrificing our ideas of who is clean and unclean?  How was it a pivotal part of what Jesus communicated about the Kingdom?

Do not move around from house to house.

6.) Why is it a necessary part of the message to not spend your life "shopping for a better deal"?  Why was the message of Jesus supported by his constant moving down the ladder of life?

8"When you enter a town and are welcomed, eat what is set before you. 9Heal the sick who are there and tell them, 'The kingdom of God is near you.'

7.) Why is healing so much a part of trying to communicate the idea that the kingdom of God is near?  What do you think "healing" looks like for you as a follower of Christ in the 21st century?

' 10But when you enter a town and are not welcomed, go into its streets and say, 11'Even the dust of your town that sticks to our feet we wipe off against you. Yet be sure of this: The kingdom of God is near.'

8.) Why is it necessary to respect when people we encounter say no to the message?  Why is it important that the message does not change even when that happens.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Questions from Sunday Nights talk

Sheep_and_wolf If you weren't able to make it out on Sunday night we have posted the talk on our podcast page here

Here are some questions which can hopefully keep our discussions going a little while.

1.) As a Christ follower do you tend to view yourself as someone who is preparing the way for the work God is still going to do, or only as someone who reflects on the work Christ did?  What difference would it make to see your role, in part, as preparing the way for what is still to come?

2.) It was mentioned that we are called to be a glimpse of the coming Kingdom (or a tremor/firstfruit).  Name some people, places, or times you have experienced that served as that glimpse for you?

3.) Talk some about your struggles or successes with trying to be a "firstfruit" in your life. (at work, in our family, with your friends etc.)

"Go! I am sending you out like lambs among wolves"
(Luke 10:3)

4) What does this verse say to you?  What do you think it means practically for us?

5) We talked of being both "sent" into this world, and of being something different than the world.  Have you ever faulted on one side or the other of this tension?  Do you still struggle with it some? 

Monday, May 11, 2009

Questions from Sunday Night (5-11)

Lowered-speed-limit If you didn't get a chance to join us on Sunday night we have posted the talk here on our podcast page.  Here are some questions that will hopefully keep the conversation going.

1) we started by talking about the way we "speed limit" certain things, which is to say that we try and dance around the pretty obvious or direct meaning of something.  Can you think of anything in your life where if you were honest, you would say that you have definitely done this?

2) Read through these three stories again in Luke 9.  What is your initial impression of these stories?  What do you like about them, and which are ones that you don't get, or make you uncomfortable?

3) Jesus seems to want to the man in vs. 57-58 to understand the difficulties surrounding being a disciple.  Do you find the misconception that Jesus is here to make all of our dreams come true tempting?  Do you feel like it is prevalent?

4) Jesus' encounter with the next two men indicates that sometimes Jesus asks us to give up more than just "bad" things.  Have you ever felt that being a disciple has meant you needed to give up something religious in nature, or something that is considered expected and/or good?

5) Is there someone that you know or admire from afar that exhibits the qualities of costly discipleship.  (Their faith has cost them wealth, career advancement, reputation etc.)

6) How does this question sit with you, "Does following Christ cost you anything?"  (We do not want you making lists of the cost to prove anything to anyone) The basic point here is talk about the ramifications that question has for us as followers of Christ.

Monday, May 4, 2009

Questions from this past Sunday Night

Fireball Questions from Sunday Night's talk.  If you weren't able to join us on Sunday night then you can download it on our podcast page here

Here are some questions that will hopefully keep the conversations from Sunday going.

1.) Do you have any stories that relate to someone (maybe you) overreacting to being slighted by those perceived as being against them?

2.) In what ways do you see yourself as being like the disicples in the way they reacted in this story? 

3.) How do you think scripture relates to the way the disicples reacted?  Since they could have looked to their scripture to back up their conviction, what does this mean for us as we look to interpret scripture in the practice of our faith?

4.) Can you think of any examples that you have from your life, or that you have seen in Christianity in general that would constitute trying to "build God's kingdom using the world's tools"?

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

NEIGHBORS@Hawkins April Newsletter

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I wanted to post a digital version of the new April newsletter of our Neighbors at Hawkins program.  You can download it by clicking the link below

Download Neighbors Newsletter 1a

Monday, April 20, 2009

Questions from Sunday 4/19/09

Hello my name is Ekklesia This past week we tried to take a few minutes to talk through the core values of Ekklesia Hattiesburg and how those values play out in our community practices.

Instead of putting up questions for you I wanted to encourage you just to take some time to go through 4 core values ( you can find them here).  Talk through the ones that you connect with.  Or maybe talk through the aspects of the values that you have experienced personally.  If you have any questions about them talk through it with the group to see if you can come up with a fuller understanding of what we are doing at Ekklesia, or a fuller understanding of how you can more fully participate in those values.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Hello My Name is Ekklesia

Hello my name is Ekklesia

This Sunday night we will be meeting at our normal time and place, but
instead of a sermon we will be talking through what this Ekklesia
Hattiesburg thing is really all about. So whether you come every week,
have only come a couple of times, or have never made it out, this is
your chance to come out and get some questions answered...Meet us again
for the first time.

If you are a facebooker, and who isn't nowadays, you can view the event here...

Monday, April 13, 2009

Questions from Sunday Night

Empty-tomb-sunrise It was good to celebrate Easter with you all last night.  If you were not able to join us this week, we hope to see you next Sunday Night.  You can catch this last week's talk here on our podcast page.  The career's small group will be hanging out at the Willis house this week, but for those of you that are in other small groups here are some questions to keep the conversations going.

1.) First take some time to share anything in particular you feel has stood out to you this season of Lent andEaster?

2.) We talked about how we as followers of Christ are not called to pretend that the bad news doesn't exist.  Do you feel like this is a temptation for you, or have you seen this tendency in the Christian community at large?  Share any stories you might have about this.

3.) Have you seen times and places where "resurrections" still occurs in our world?

4.) What role do you see us as "Resurrection People" playing in our world?

5.) How do you think you can personally reflect the good new of resurrection in your daily life? (at work, at home, at school etc.)

Monday, April 6, 2009

Questions from Sunday 4-5-09

If you were not with us on Sunday Night you can catch the podcast here.  Here are some questions that might get the conversation going a little bit.

1.) Can you relate to the disciples in this passage?  Can you think of times/places in your life where the mission at hand is less important to you than your role  or the credit you get?

2.) Do you feel like your church experiences in the past have tended to value the various parts of the Body of Christ, or devalue expressions different than there own?

3.) How can we be a people who embrace others (other churches,
denominations, political party, etc) with the attitude "whoever is not
against us is for us"?  What does that look like?

4.) For some people the Priesthood of all Believers is this empowering gift, or others it's intimidating. What were your initial thoughts about the priesthood of all believers? Empowering or intimidating?

5) "Do you consider yourself a minister?"  Do we tend to place more
importance on the work of those working professionally for the Church? 

6)  The Priesthood of believers is yet another representative of the upside down Kingdom as it "levels the playing field". What are the advantages and disadvantages of this for the churched or for the unchurched?


Monday, March 30, 2009

Questions from Sunday 3-30-09

If you were not there on Sunday night you can download 3-30-09 "Cure for the Common Comparison".  Here are some  questions that will hopefully keep the conversations going from our look at Luke 9:46-48.

1.) Have you ever been in a situation where you were strongly on one end of a competition or comparison?  What is the story?  How did your "win" or "loss" affect you?

2.) Have you ever seen or been a part of a good thing that was ruined by competition or comparison?

3.) In what ways have you seen this poisonous way of looking at the world infects a faith community?  (maybe specifically surrounding the areas of unity, focus, false criteria that we discussed)

4.) How does it affect the way we look at the world and our faith when Jesus so closely aligns himself with the "children" (those who have nothing to offer) of this world?

5.) In what ways have you experienced hospitality as a means of ridding ourselves of the spirit of competition and comparison?

6.) How can we as followers of Christ practically make steps to weed out the competition and comparison that we have within ourselves?

Monday, March 23, 2009

Questions from the last two Sundays

Because we had Spring Break last week, and the last two weeks have overlapped so much I wanted to start you off by pointing you to last week's questions listed below.  If you have not gone through those questions feel free to start there.  Please consider these questions a continuation of those listed below.  If you were not there last night you can catch the podcast here.

6. Did this talk bring to memory and particular stories or new ideas for you?

7. What are your initial impressions of this story when you read it?  Can you sense how strong a change in setting, mood, etc is happening from the transfiguration to this story?

8. "The path of Christ is not found on the mountaintops, but in the valley" - Does this idea contradict any of the ways you have approached your spiritual life?  Does it help to explain or support some of the ways you have approached your spiritual life?

9.  Did you grow up with a picture of a God that "floated above" the earth and all it's problems, or do you think the picture of God you have traditionally held had "feet on the earth".?  What difference do these competing images of God make?

10. How do you think it looks when the disciples of Christ truly pick up a cross and walk in that place "where eternal love and utter brokenness meet"?

Monday, March 16, 2009

Questions from Sunday 3-16-09

Sc0063fd44 If you did not get a chance to join us on Sunday Night you can get the talk on our podcast page here.

Here are some discussion questions that can hopefully help us unpack the ideas we talked about from Luke 9:28-36

1.) Is there anything about some of the history & symbolism surrounding
the story that we talked through, that was new to you?  Did it shed any
new light on the Transfiguration for you?  Did you get anything new
from the story?

2.)   We talked about transcendent moments in our lives.  Can you recall any
such transcendent moments in your own life? 

3.) Did you try
and do anything to capture that moment?  Did that work or can it ever

4.) Does our Christian religious culture focus more on the "transcendent" experience with God or the simple "listen" to Jesus?  In what ways does our religious culture focus on the transcendent in our gatherings, products, etc.  Why do we want to pitch our tent there?

5.) We said on Sunday that the Transcendent experiences only mean something and/or change us when viewed from the vantage point of the cross.  Does that make sense to you?  In what ways have you seen that play out in your life?

Monday, March 9, 2009

"Unashamedly Following" - questions from Sunday Night

We posted the talk from Sunday night on our podcast page if you didn't get a chance to join us last night. 

Here are some questions for you guys based on the talk.

1) If any of you have been commemorating the Lenten season, take a moment to talk about how it is going and what, if anything, you feel like you are learning.

2) Have you read Luke 9:26-27 before?  What has it traditionally meant to you?

3) What do you think about the idea that maybe these verses are not about reciprocity, but about free will?  What are the ramifications?

4) We talked about the fact that there is no such thing as "private discipleship".  Do you find yourself privatizing your Christianity?  What are some ways we can help each other avoid such privatizations?

5) We also talked about living with the "long view" in mind.  How has this played out in your life? (good or bad examples)  Can you think of times when you think the church fails to live out its call with the long view in mind?

Monday, March 2, 2009

Questions from Sunday 3-1-09

420px-Agnus_Dei_with_Vexillum  If you were not able to join us this past Sunday night then you can get the podcast through itunes or directly from our podcast page  The picture I have posted represents the icon of the Agnes Dei or "Lamb of God".  The lamb has represented the humility and sacrifice of Christ throughout Christian history.  It seemed particularly appropriate as an image given the topic last week.  The meek and sacrificial lamp carries the cross as a symbol of the kingdom for which it gives itself. 

With this image and the subject of Sunday night's teaching in the front of your mind, here are some questions that will hopefully further the conversation.

1.) If there are some in your group who are commemorating the Lenten season you can take a couple of minutes to share what you may be learning so far during this time.

2.) "Whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will save it"
This sounds like a contradictory thought. What does it mean to you?  have you found it to be true in your life?  Are there any times in your life in the past or present in which you felt like you have lost something important by trying to protect it?

3.) We talked on Sunday about being in a battle.  Does war language regarding our spiritual lives sit well wth you or not?  Why?  What are some negative ways you have heard war language used within Christianity?

4.) In what ways have you seen the tendency in your life to choose security and safety over and above the cross of Christ?

Presentation on Jesus and Consumerism

Here is the powerpoint and audio of the presentation given at the University of Southern Mississippi in February.  I will probably post it on the podcast page as well.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Questions from Sunday Night 2-22-09

If you weren't here last night you can catch the podcast here. Here are some questions that can hopefully get the discussion going within your small groups or casual conversations this week.

1) We talked about how quickly Jesus moves the conversation from his own title, to his function.  It is also a move from what the disciples believe to how they live.  Talk about some ways in which you have seen this transition in your own spiritual journey.


2) Why do you think this idea of "Denying Yourself" is given such a foundational role in our identity as a disciple of Christ?

3) Have you had any experiences when the counter intuitive act of self denial led to something important, meaningful, and/or surprising?

4) Is anyone going to be commemorating the season of Lent in any ways that would be applicable?  Is there any way that the others in the group can help you as you do this?

5) What do you see as more difficult for you: The idea of martyrdom (dying for Christ if need be) or the idea of daily sacrificial living?

Monday, February 16, 2009

Questions from Sunday Night 2-15-09

Name tag jpeg This week's message is now up on our podcast page, if you were not there you can get the message by clicking on this link.

Here are some questions for you to kick around this week.

1.) Do you have any stories (funny or not so funny) of when you struggled with the label that was put on you?

2.) Why are titles/labels dangerous in these situations?

3.) Can you think of other people who you have probably done injustice to by the labels that you have given them?

4.) Why do you think Jesus told his disciples not to talk to anyone about Him as Messiah?

5.) Do you think you have ever "boxed Christ in" during your faith walk?

Monday, February 9, 2009

This weeks questions...

If you did not get a chance to come out last night we have posted the podcast here.  Here are some questions for you that can hopefully get the discussions going this week.

1.) What are some of the things that you put a lot of hope in that will happen "one day" in your life?

2.) Can you think of some of the positive things that have come from a hope and faith in "One Day"?

3.) Can you think of some negative things that have come from focusing too much on "One Day"?

Read this quote from Fred Craddock -

Everyone had a sermon under the title ‘When the Messiah Comes’ a message including every hope, every dream, every ideal condition for which the heart longs.  It is no wonder that the church’s message that the Messiah has come and he is Jesus has not been as popular.  To believe the Messiah has come means we can no longer shape him to fit our dreams; he shapes us to fit God’s will.  That is a difficult adjustment.  There is enough misery in the world to make the message that a Messiah will come believable; there is enough misery in the world to make the message that the Messiah has come unbelievable.  The first and major task of a Messiah is to get people to quit looking for one.”
-    Fred Craddock

4.) Do you agree that it is easier to gather a crowd around the idea that messiah is coming one day, rather than the belief that the Messiah has already come?  Why?

5.) What are some things that you know you want to have in your life "One Day" that you are (or should be) working towards today?

6.) Is there any ways that you as the family of Christ can help each other with those things?

Monday, February 2, 2009

Questions from 2-1-2009

We spent some time last night talking about the feeding of the 5,000 from Luke 9.  If you were not there you can catch the talk on itunes or get it here

Here are some discussion questions for you.

1.) Just as an icebreaker why don't you share some of the unique things that let you know you are among family. (i.e. Mike talked about his family always eat off each other's plates)

2.) We mentioned that it's possible for some of the most profound ministry moments to happen in the unplanned/ off-the-clock moments.  Have you found that to be true?  Do you have any particular examples of this happening.

"Send the crowd away so they can go to the surrounding villages and countryside and find food and lodging, because we are in a remote place here. He replied, "You give them something to eat."

3.) Do you find yourself giving into the temptation of asking God to do things in this world that we could/should be doing in Christ's name?

4.) Talk a little about what it means to you when we say that it is both important that we "give them something to eat" , while remember that man does not live on bread alone.

5.) What are some practical ways that you as a group or as individuals can do more to embody the open table of Christ?

Hope these help continue the conversation!

Monday, January 26, 2009

Questions from Sunday Night 1-26-2009

I have posted the talk from last night on the podcast page here.
 1/25/09 "Questionable Kingdom Builders".  Or you can find it by subscribing through iTunes.  Here are some discussion questions that might help lead to some further thought on the topic.

1. Does it seem like a good or bad idea to leave the task of building the Kingdom to all of us?

2. We talked about the nature of kingdom (upside down/backwards).  In what ways have you seen the power of that kind of kingdom building in your own life?

3.  Was there a time in your life when the "questions" were as important or more to your growth than the "answers"?

4.  What are some of those big questions that you have encountered which even when answered have just opened up another world of new questions?

5.  What are some way that you can live questionably in the context of your life?

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Weekly Sunday Night Questions....

We are going to begin to post some discussion questions each week based on the previous Sunday night's talk.  These will begin to be posted on Mondays and will serve as the starting point for our small group discussions. If you are not able to be a part of a small group we hope that these questions might encourage further exploration f the themes and ideas we are examining in the book of Luke.

The talk from last week can be heard online here, or you can subscribe to us through iTunes.  Here are some questions to maybe get the discussion going a little.

  1. Who is someone that has modeled the love of God in your life?

  2. Do you find it easy or difficult to think of God as a Father who is pleased by our attempts at imitation (even if we are not particularly good at the imitation)?

  3. When all is said and done what do you hope will be said about the life that you lived?

  4. What keeps you from living that kind of life?

  5. How can we as God's family help each other lead the lives we would like?

Monday, January 19, 2009

Sunday Night

I wanted to thank you again for your kindness as I shared some of what I learned from my friend and teacher Dr. Daniel Goodman.

The podcast from last night is up now.

In case any of you are interested there are some resources that people have put together that gather some of his sermons and teaching.  You can find them at the following links.

Here are some sermons

Here are some recordings from a New Testament class he was teaching at Gardner Webb

Grace and Peace,

Martin Luther King Jr - remembered

Appropriate we listen to these words again....

Monday, January 5, 2009

Drumroll Please.....

Haiti water project
It appears as though I have finally waded through all of the financial
stuff from December and finally have an actual total on your giving
towards the Haiti Water Project.  as you know we were hoping to be able
to raise $3,000 in order to build a clean water well for 2,000 or more

guys have absolutely floored me with your generosity for this
worthwhile cause.  When all was said and done you guys donated a grand
total of $9,863.00 !!!

give you some perspective this is over 10% of our total annual budget! 
And you guys gave it in a couple of weeks!  Thank You for generosity
and your witness toward the true nature of the Christmas season.