Let’s Talk About Submission...


Among all the unpopular sections of the New Testament, this verse sits near the top. How can a pastor, who is following Jesus, tell women, children, and slaves to be submissive? And how can this possibly be good, liberating news today, not just for some people, but for everyone?

So let’s do it: Let’s talk about submission!

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You Don’t Have to Live Like That Anymore


This is the part of Ephesians most young people don’t like. Paul shifts from grand, sweeping statements about inclusion and justice into what sounds like (gasp!) RULES!

What is God saying to us through this section? And what does it look like to read these as more than moral management.

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Flip the To Do List

2015.06.28 - Kevin Makins - The Church Calendar

Flip the To Do List

Exodus 16

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So this weeks sermon question: do you have a “to do” list?

Maybe it’s physical, maybe it’s mental, but a list of all the things you need to get done, should get done, or would love to do? And how long is your list? Because honestly, many of us now have MULTIPLE lists that are full with good and important things that just HAVE to get done. And it can be sort of crippling sometimes…

Well there is this story in scripture about food that fell from heaven, and it has a lot to teach us about God and about our lists.

And don’t worry, the sermon gets mega practical.

Ordinary Time 2014

It’s Summer(!!!!!), which means it’s time for us to enter, yet again, into our Ordinary Time. Ordinary Time is a season of rest for us as a church where we cease to “do” and simply sabbath.

If you want to hear more about it, listen to the last sermon in the “So What” series on “Rest”.

We will continue to meet on Sundays in a simplified way, and will have the Preaching Guild (a collection of preachers within the congregation)carry us through the summer. There will be no podcasts during this season.

The summer preaching series is on “Blessed are…” from Matthew 5. The schedule is as follows:

July 13 - …the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven - Kevin Makins

July 20 - …those who mourn, for they shall be comforted - Matt Willard

July 27 - …the meek, for they shall inherit the earth - Justin Eisinga

August 3 - …those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied - Sandy Purple Shwarma

August 10 - …the merciful, for they shall receive mercy - Leshia Knopf

August 17 - …the pure in heart, for they shall see God - Cindy Stover

August 24 - … the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God - Stephen Edwards

August 31 - … those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven (and the following verse) - Jared Both

Finally, a fitting quote on the need for ceasing:

“We need to have times of pruning in our churches, times where most, if not all, activity ceases. Times of rest and abiding. This runs contrary to principles taught in most church growth courses and seminars. How can one grow a church larger by shutting it down for a season? Yet that is exactly what happens at many of the churches where we have discipled the leaders and introduced them to the principles [of rest and work].

We encourage them to stop all small groups and to drastically scale back the worship service. Often there is just a simple time of singing and a brief word of encouragement shared. Many of the members go away on holiday or spend more time with friends and family. It looks to many like nothing is happening.

But in this time of abiding, great strength is given to those who do the teaching, singing, and serving throughout the rest of the year. Without a time for their spiritual ground to lie fallow, there would be a very poor harvest in the year to come.”

- Building a Discipleship Culture, Mike Breen and the 3DM Team