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Bad Religion

The word “religion” stirs all kinds of emotions in us. They may be positive emotions associated with faith, traditions, and our connection with God. Or, they could be negative memories of manipulation, hypocrisy, or abuse. You might expect the Bible to offer a purely positive definition of “religion,” but in reality, the Bible offers more warnings about the dangers of religion than a positive defense of it. Join us for part three of Losing My Religion where we explore the…

So Close We Could Taste It

If you’ve ever had dinner at a nice restaurant and left the table, you probably returned to find your napkin neatly folded and reset in place. Proper dinner etiquette teaches that what we do with our napkin when we leave a table is an important indication as to whether or not we plan to return. When Jesus ate His Last Supper with the Disciples, He left a very important clue about what was about to happen and His intention to…

We Look Beyond

If you’ve ever had dinner at a nice restaurant and left the table, you probably returned to find your napkin neatly folded and reset in place. Proper dinner etiquette teaches that what we do with our napkin when we leave a table is an important indication as to whether or not we plan to return. When Jesus ate His Last Supper with the Disciples, He left a very important clue about what was about to happen and His intention to…

We Look Around

When we take the Lord’s Supper, we do it with a variety of other people who share our faith and our common need for grace. But as we look around, we may not find much else in common with our fellow worshippers. While the meaning of the Lord’s Supper can be extremely personal and should inspire us to look deep within, it also reminds us that Jesus’ love for the world should also draw us together. As the bread is…

We Look Within

Jesus’ death on the cross is a demonstration of God’s love, but it wouldn’t have been necessary were not for the sin and brokenness in our hearts. Just as the Lord’s Supper is an invitation to look and remember God’s love, it is also a mirror that allows to evaluate the condition of our souls and recognize our need for a Savior. We will begin our worship service with a time of silent reflection as we prepare our hearts to…

We Look Back

Why do we like the foods we like? What makes us crave one thing while being repulsed by something else? Our cravings and aversions are not only a reflection of our cultural preferences, they speak to a deeper divine design. Every religion uses food as a part of their religious rituals. But for Christians, the Lord’s Supper is not necessarily an appetizing concept. In fact, when Jesus first introduced it, many people found it so disgusting that they walked away…

Why we eat stale crackers and drink Welch’s in church

Communion. The Lord’s Supper. The Eucharist. Mass. While it goes by many names, every Christian tradition includes a symbolic meal involving bread and wine or their equivalent substitutes. Where did this ancient tradition come from? What does it mean? Why do Christians around the world still do it? Join us for part 5 of Because as we consider why we eat the bread and drink the wine in worship. But in the following instructions, I do not commend you, because…

Dine and Dash

PASSAGE (read it): Exodus 12:24-27 PRINCIPLE (know it): The ________ is a place to ________ . PRACTICE (do it): · Commit to spending one additional night a week for the next 6 weeks sharing a meal around your table. · Sometime in the next 6 weeks invite a guest to share a meal with you at your table. · Be intentional in your dinner conversations. How have you seen God at work?