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A Theology of Shiny New Things

We’ve been bashing consumerism in our church lately. I mean, really bashing it. A couple weeks ago I told our church, during a Sunday preach, that you wouldn't go to hell in hand-basket…quickly…for buying a new iPhone every two years. Key word: quickly. And I don’t apologize, 'cause we've become a culture completely given to the acquiring of stuff and more stuff at the expense of others (often third world factory workers). And at the expense of ourselves. Consumerism IS the…

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Freedom Found!

  We’ve never prayed so much for a single event around Evangel as we did for the Set Free Retreat that took place last weekend, and it showed.  Over 85 registrants experienced God in ways many didn’t even know was possible, describing a sense of becoming absolutely freed from baggage they’d been carrying, in some cases, for years.   Though dealing with issues in our personal lives can feel like hard work, it’s worth every ounce of effort!   From front…

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Confession and Grace

This morning at church we spent a fair bit of time talking about what confession-of-sin is, and it’s place in a Christian’s life. One of the passages we used was 1 John 1:8-10:  If we claim that we’re free of sin, we’re only fooling ourselves. A claim like that is errant nonsense. On the other hand, if we admit our sins—make a clean breast of them—he won’t let us down; he’ll be true to himself. He’ll forgive our sins and…

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Zombie Gospel

A friend of mine, Gabe Voorhees, wrote this a couple days ago. Totally cool approach to the Gospel! Zombies Based on an extensive study of the modern zombie’s evolution over the past half century and on countless interviews with zombie fans and scholars across the globe, here is its definition: The modern zombie is a relentlessly aggressive, reanimated human corpse driven by a biological infection. By breaking down the definition into its component parts, three key elements emerge against which all…

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Biblical Ethics

Evangel has developed a reputation in our city for being out-of-the-box, as far as churches go.  The rumours are probably justified.  We make no bones about it when we say that we are culturally liberal, taking as much liberty as we can to show the world around us God’s love.  And that impacts who we are and the image we put out there on so many different fronts.  For example: – You'll find a small group with winemaking as a relational hook…

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