Grace

The Theology of Stuff: Kingdom Resources

I just bought a brand new smartphone.  It’s fun to play with all the new features and enjoy the afterglow of having something new and admirable.  But I’ve been through this before.  Soon the feelings fade and I’m left with an electronic device that will either be a help or a hinderance.  It can be … Read more

On Following Jesus… Gluten-Free

As many of you may know, I was recently diagnosed with Celiac disease. It seems my body attacks my small intestine when it finds gluten in my system. Over time, the damage results in malabsorption and all sorts of other bad things can happen with that. Gluten is found in wheat, barley and rye. So, … Read more

“Good Shepherd” – GodSing: The King of Love My Shepherd Is

Sunday, November 18, 2012 It’s one of the most popular and well loved Psalms.  Psalm 23.  The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.  It’s so beautiful and reassuring of the presence and love of God.  No wonder this hymn version of Psalm 23 has become an all-time favorite.  Take a closer look at … Read more

“Amazing Grace” – GodSing: Amazing Grace

Sunday, October 7, 2012 How amazing is the grace of God?  Is God’s grace amazing enough to save wretches like us?  Listen to three stories from Jordan Ray, Bethel’s Director of Christian Outreach as he tells us the story behind the famous hymn, a story from his childhood and then brings us into a much … Read more

“Preparing a New Covenant” – Undeserved: Communion

Palm Sunday, April 1, 2012 Jesus’ words changed everything.  He took the bread and said, “This is my body.”  He took the wine and said, “This is my blood of the new covenant.”  What is it?  Is it really his body and blood?  How is the covenant new?  Is this for me?  Is it forgiveness? … Read more

“Grace-water” – Undeserved: Baptism

Sunday, March 25, 2012 God’s gift of forgiveness and life through Jesus is amazing.  Not only does he offer it to us freely, he also gives it to us in water!  We’ll call it grace-water.  What is baptism?  What do we believe about baptism?  Why do we think it’s so cool?  Listen. Readings: Psalm 51:1-13, … Read more