Liveblogging for the Preach Better Sermons Online Event! (Don’t hold your breath, it’s my first time trying this.)
Réveille-toi, mon âme, réveillez-vous, mon luth et ma harpe! Je veux réveiller l’aurore.
Je te louerai parmi les peuples, Seigneur, je te chanterai parmi les nations. (Psaumes 57:9-10)
From the Blog
I told her that I was thankful for her. I told her that I needed her, that the church needs her, that we need to learn from her. I told her that there are things about Jesus that she understands that I can never understand, and that I envy her that. And we gulped in awkward silence as tears threatened to spill from our eyes.
Today I marvel at a love that says that even if you never did anything right, and even if you waited too long, and even if you ruined everything for yourself, the cross is for you. Today I remember that my own sin was enough to require blood, just as the thief’s was.
In so many ways this winter has been a reflection of this journey through the valley of death. We wait for spring. Each day we open the door desperate to feel warmth where the cold has cut through. Just when we think it’s over, it comes back again, just as bad as the worst day.
Words can’t fix it and acts of service can’t change anything. To dance on eggshells with someone hoping and praying that you don’t say the one wrong thing is cumbersome. Do they want you to ask? Do they want to avoid the topic? Should you offer words of comfort or say nothing?
Ah, Paris…the City of Love. For many, the image of spending Valentine’s Day in Paris would be a dream come true. Paris has an air of romance around it, to be certain. But Paris is a city where millions of people need to hear about the love of Christ. They [read more]
I believe that today’s young adults want more than another social setting to be a part of. We are craving authentic truth and a deeper knowledge of the Word.
During my last two years in Paris, I hosted a young adult’s Bible study that drew about ten young adults each week – from students to professionals and everywhere in between. We prayed together about jobs, relationships, and families, and we shared our journeys together. The Bible study was one of the most successful life groups at the church, and was an avenue for four new people getting plugged in at The Bridge. (more…)
Over the last two years, I’ve had the privilege of doing design and marketing for The Bridge International Church in Paris. During that time, I have been reminded over and over of the importance of non-verbal communication of the Church! In our ministry context, we are faced with many different languages, as well as cultural, religious, and ethnic backgrounds. It is of vital importance that we use every possible avenue to communicate the message we are sending! (more…)
I believe strongly in the power of worship music to draw people into the presence of God. I believe it is a moment where the presence of God meets us where we are. We can justify behavior, we can make excuses, we can run and hide from God, but somehow when we worship, a holy confrontation happens. (more…)