Four Reasons I Love Our Christmas Eve Service

It’s here again. Without fail, December 24th comes and we have our Christmas Eve services. Christmas Eve was always fun growing up. We’d go to a Christmas Eve service with family, then I’d go over to Evan’s house and stay there playing video games late into the night. The same things happen now, except replace my family growing up with my own wife and children; replace Tomball, TX with Baton Rouge, LA; replace services I attend with services I lead; and replace Evan with . . . well,  you can’t replace Evan.



I am obnoxious with the staff and folks from The Chapel about how much I enjoy these services—some reasons noble and some a little more selfish. Here are my top four . . . Continue reading “Four Reasons I Love Our Christmas Eve Service”

What’s Your Stance On. . .

If you haven’t noticed lately, evangelical Christians like to draw boundaries on things and then remind others of when they are or are not within their boundaries. I’m one of them and I do the same. However, we need to be sure we define the boundaries wisely, and that Jesus stays in view.Christ staff etch carl bloch jesusartusa t 53565 zoom

I mentioned Sunday that I do not always give my stance on issues. That is not to say that I do not have them, but that I do not give them. There is a difference between having a stance and regularly promoting that stance. At times I remain vague on things (even if I may agree with the person who wants to know my stance), and it is not just to be a jerk (I promise!). A few reasons. . .

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Inside of me is a person you’d hate, too

About ten years ago I served my church by setting up a nearby school’s gym for one of our worship services. (“Served” is the wrong word. They paid me to do it.) The church paid a few college folks who wanted to get up at 6am and be the heavy labor, and I worked closely with one of them. He didn’t attend our services; he just wanted the check (and who can blame him?).

He came from another country, and I’d usually pick him up and drop him off. And, being from another country, his English wasn’t as strong as my own, and he carried a thick accent to boot. One morning I was taking him back to his apartment and remember–almost to the part of the road I was on–what I thought when he was talking to me.

“This guy must be an idiot.”

Donald Sterling is all the news right now. The owner of the LA Clippers (an NBA franchise, for you non-sports types) made some terrible, reprehensible comments about black people; things that you would not think people would say today. And he did something else stupid simultaneously, which was somehow let someone record him saying them. He must be an idiot.

“Let him burn!” we scream. “Let him burn!” “Nobody makes those kinds of comments today. We are past that.”

That conversation in my car ten years ago and one other one I’ve had recently repeat in my mind right now. . . Continue reading “Inside of me is a person you’d hate, too”

Your Home–A Key to World Changing

Your home. Your apartment. Your condo. Your tent. Whatever it may be, God has already given you what is, to me, the biggest evangelistic tool you could possibly have. The place you live.

Hospitality is not mainly hosting parties. Biblical hospitality thinks differently.

Jeff Vanderstelt // Hospitality & the Church in America from Newfrontiers USA on Vimeo.

Let’s dive in and look at the biblical view of hospitality. People have written tomes on this, so you can go read those if you want better answers. But hospitality has always been key to the life of God’s people.

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Sunday Debrief: A New Priority (10/27/13)

Who do you say that I am?–Jesus (Matt. 16:15)

When you see Jesus as he truly is, he will be given the place that he is always due.

It’s funny how controlling we try to be and how we try to shoehorn Jesus into our lives so that we have some kind of resemblance of him. However, if Jesus really holds all things together, if he really created everything, if he really is the head of the church, if he really died so we might live…something’s gotta give. 

A buddy of mine came up to me in between the services and shared the Powers of 10 with me. I had seen it before but had completely forgotten about it until that point. So the second service got to go through this with me. The first service didn’t. I’m sorry, first service!

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