Breakout

Prison Break

Every transition in life requires a certain amount of change: when we finish school and start our career or move from single life to marriage or from a childless existence to parenthood. Nothing will ever be the same again. There is no turning back. And yet, old habits die hard. But if we are going to thrive through all the changes of life, we must embrace the sacrifice each new reality requires, be sensitive to God’s activity, and be totally…

The Segregation Abdication, part 2

It has been said that 11 o’clock on Sunday morning is the most segregated hour in America. But if the message of the Gospel is love and reconciliation, why do our churches not reflect greater diversity? In Part four of Breakout, Pastor Gary Lee Webber looks at three specific forms of discrimination and how the Gospel can break us out of each of them. If we are going to follow Jesus, we must breakout of a Segregated Church We must…

The Segregation Abdication, part 1

When was the last time you found yourself disgusted? Maybe it was something you saw on television, or something you found rotting in the fridge, or the smell coming from your son’s gym bag. Disgust is a natural reaction designed to keep us from things which might be potentially dangerous to our well-being, but the disgust response can also be triggered by things we find morally repulsive. During Jesus’ earthly ministry, He often offended the religious crowd by engaging those…

The Convenience Malfeasance

Westerners are addicted to “quick and convenient.” We don’t like to wait and we don’t want to expend any extraneous effort or money unless it will make our life more comfortable, and yes, convenient! The Bible is a record of people whose lives were interrupted by God. While the stories are all different, one thing they have in common is how inconvenient it was for these men and women to do what God asked them to do. In fact, everyone…

The Consumption Assumption

We live in a consumer-driven society. What once defined our understanding of economics and commerce, now describes how many people understand the church. For some, church is a place we go to get our spiritual needs met. We come hoping to have our tank filled so we can make it through another week. If a church fails to meet our needs, we may begin “shopping” for one that will. Join us for part one of Breakout as Pastor Gary Webber…