Advent Week 2: Prayer

Advent Week 2: Prayer

And the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. And Mary said to the angel, “How will this be, since I am a virgin?” And the angel...
Advent Week 1: Gratitude

Advent Week 1: Gratitude

And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen His glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. For from His fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. John 1:14, 16   The Advent season is all about awaiting the...
Defining Biblical Worship

Defining Biblical Worship

Every Sunday millions of Christians around the globe gather together with their church for a worship service. If you’ve been to River West on a Sunday, you have likely heard our pastors use the word worship to describe what we do when we gather in the name of Jesus....
Reawakening the Child Within

Reawakening the Child Within

Did you ever struggle with how to celebrate Halloween growing up? No? Just me? How do we comprehend Halloween as children? Or, as adults, how do we wrestle with a holiday that is so culturally prevalent but also theologically challenging? Serving kids at River West...
What News Do You Listen To?

What News Do You Listen To?

Ever since the advent of 24-hour reporting, I think it’s safe to say that many of us have become news junkies these days. While there’s certainly nothing wrong about being informed about what’s happening in our world, lately I’ve been taking an honest inventory of the...
The Church: Miracle or Mess?

The Church: Miracle or Mess?

It’s not one or the other—it’s both—all at the same time. The church is a mess AND the church is a miracle. It’s a strange combination. But after 40 years of Christian ministry, I’m convinced. The Mess Yes, the church is a mess. You don’t need a Bible to prove this....
Living Church – Our Quest, Our Moment

Living Church – Our Quest, Our Moment

What does God think about church? It’s a good question. I’ve thought a lot about it lately. Early in my Christian life, I never asked that question. It never occurred to me. What mattered most to me was – what do I think about church? How do I see it? Predictably, my...