Henry Rollins Is Afraid To Die

henryrollinsposter-by-gage-skidmore-ccYesterday Nate told me something about the musician Henry Rollins. He said: Henry Rollins is afraid to die. So he sleeps only as long as he has to sleep. And when he’s not asleep he makes the most of every waking moment.

That really resonated with me because the day before Continue reading

Another Scientific Reason To Go To Church

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According to Harvard University Professor Tyler VanderWeele’s study on church attendance, people who attend church Continue reading

Things I Heard In Church: Without Relationships, You Can’t Realize Your Gifts

From my notes on yesterday’s excellent teaching by Curtis Zeigler.

Without relationships, you can’t realize the gifts of the Spirit. The gifts of the Spirit can’t be exercised in isolation.

If you study the gifts of the Spirit anywhere they’re mentioned in the Bible, you’ll find that Continue reading

Prayer and Church (And What An Agnostic, Progressive, Single, Childless Sociologist’s Book Says About Them)

Nicholas H Wolfinger Secular Sociologist Soul Mates Author

Nicholas H Wolfinger progressive sociologist and coauthor of the book Soul Mates

What An Agnostic, Progressive, Single, Childless Sociologist’s Book Says About Prayer And Church

I just read an article in Christianity Today about what an agnostic, progressive, single, and childless sociologist’s book says about prayer and church. Here’s a summary:

Research on the nation’s two largest minority groups, Latinos and African Americans, confirms that prayer and regular connection with a church community is of great benefit to marriages and families. (Later in the article we learn that this applies to the white demographic too.)

This research comes from the Oxford University Press book titled, Soul Mates: Religion, Sex, Love and Marriage among African Americans and Latinos. The agnostic progressive sociologist is Nicholas H. Wolfinger. To be fair, he coauthored the book with another sociologist, W. Bradford Wilcox, who is married, a catholic, conservative, and has children. When Christianity Today asked Wilcox why he chose to team up with someone holding a different worldview he said, Continue reading

Things I Heard In Church: A Primer on Smallpox

The smallpox virus killed 80% of children and 30% of adults who contracted the disease. Smallpox, also known as the red plague, was one of the most devastating diseases in history, until Edward Jenner came along. Edward Jenner’s work changed everything. He made people immune to the virus by infecting people with a virus. He made people immune to smallpox by infecting them with a different pox virus: cowpox. Two hundred years after Jenner, the World Health Organization declared smallpox eradicated.

It turns out, Jenner’s story is analogous to Jesus’ story…

For more, listen to Dave Teixeira’s teaching on 3/27/2016, 11am, Everything Changed

Francis Chan On What The Word Church Really Means (And What It Means To Be A Christ Follower)

Francis Chan On What The Word Church Really Means (And What It Means To Be A Christ Follower)

I really, really, really, really, really… really–hope you’ll watch this video.

BASIC.Follow Jesus from David C Cook on Vimeo.

Things I Heard In Church: “His Name Tag Says, Tatsu Yamashiro”

Things I Heard In Church: “His name tag says, Tatsu Yamashiro.”

Every Tuesday night at six, Cedar Mill Bible Church hosts a dinner called The Jesus Table. At The Jesus Table an excellent meal and warm friendship are provided for the homeless and anyone else who has trouble affording food or finding a friend. The dishwasher for The Jesus Table is a guy in his twenties who wears a different name tag every week. Each name is the alter ego of a fictional superhero, like Bruce Wayne or Clark Kent.

Last Tuesday night, in the Jesus Table kitchen, his name tag said, “Tatsu Yamashiro.”

Things I Heard In Church: “Can you believe what Comcast did to me?”

Referring to the synagogue ruler who was indignant because Jesus healed on the Sabbath:

“The NIV says that he is indignant. The word in Greek means like: really super annoyed. He’s an angry elf. He’s a super annoyed guy, and so what does he do? He tries to get everybody as annoyed as him. This is what anger does when it gets ahold of us. When you’re really hacked at something, what do you do? Everybody else should be as hacked as I am! ‘Can you believe what Comcast did to me?’ You go tell everybody.”

Maybe my all-time favorite Matt Bowen teaching to date: 2/14/2016, You’re Free, Luke 13:10-21

Things I Heard In Church: “The Kevin Spacey Movie, Swimming With Sharks, Is Really Difficult To Watch”

Things I Heard In Church: “The Kevin Spacey movie, Swimming With Sharks, is really difficult to watch.” –Jason Simmonds

From Jason Simmonds talk: Obedience, Trust, 1 Peter, Mosaic–a church in Northeast Portland, Oregon.

 

Things I Heard In Church: “In Those Days There Was No COSTCO, There Was Get In Your BOATCO And Go FISHINGCO”

Things I Heard In Church: “In those days there was no COSTCO, there was get in your BOATCO and go FISHINGCO.”

Matt Bowen speaking on Jesus’ teaching encouraging us to not be anxious.

From Matt Bowen’s teaching, Without Worry, Luke 12:22-34, 1/24/2016, 11 AM.

Luke 12:22-34 Do Not Be Anxious

And he said to his disciples Continue reading