Church Shouldn’t Be This Hard-Tom Ehrich

We desire to be a church where people can come together, can challenge and love one another. What do you think of Tom Ehrich’s commentary on the state of the church? “Church should be a safe place — safe to be oneself, safe to make one’s confession, safe to love...

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What is the Church Supposed to Look Like?

It seems to me that when we talk about what the church looks like, specifically, mission, vision, and values from Acts chapter 2, we uniformly miss one of the central components. Why is that? Take a look with me at Acts 2, the first description of the first church: 6 A...

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Missional

Our mission statement claims that we are “missional.” We usually like to define things in the positive; however, for this blog we will attempt to define the term “missional” by what it is not with help from wwwfriendsofmissional.org. Enjoy. The missional church is not a dispenser of religious goods and...

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Relational

Relational We talk a lot about being relational at Cornerstone but what does it mean to be relational? Adrian Warnock on Patheos.com helps us move the term from abstract to concrete with an illuminating list of examples and comments about what relational Christianity looks like in practice. Enjoy. Solo Christianity...

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Politics and Religion

  In honor of primary election day I thought I would take a stab at offending the most people possible by talking about politics and religion; a daily double of antagonism if you will. One of Jesus’ last recorded prayers in John chapter 17 tells us that the thing He...

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Doctrine: When the Need to be Right is Wrong

The gospel of John tells us that Jesus, in his final hours of freedom before his arrest, trial and execution, devoted himself to prayer. I would guess that most of us, faced with a similar fate, would also feel a strong need to pray. The fact that he chose to...

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Seeing More Clearly in Gray

“And I think that’s what our world is desperately in need of – lovers, people who are building deep, genuine relationships with fellow strugglers along the way, and who actually know the faces of the people behind the issues they are concerned about.” ― Shane Claiborne, The Irresistible Revolution: Living as an...

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Beyond Charity

A few Sundays ago during coffee time after church somebody asked me how to make an argument to persuade others to help the poor.  As a trained theologian, my first response is to point out the endless biblical commands to love the poor, the orphaned and the needy.  Jesus says...

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A Word On Grief

The grief we all feel as a nation now is right and appropriate. It is an unspeakable tragedy. We must do everything we can to support the people of Newtown, CT. Sadly, however, each day in our nation and world there is also the daily tragedy of the abuse, neglect,...

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Go Pitch a Tent This Christmas

In the beginning, the Word was already there. The Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 All things were made through him. Nothing that has been made was made without him. 4 Life was in him, and that life was the light...

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