Powerfully Good News

“I wish I’d never heard of Christianity” my 15 year old daughter said one day. “What? Why?” came my shocked response. “Because then I wouldn’t know that I was breaking all the rules.” Her answer stunned me. I had been a pastor for only a few years, but I saw myself as the great champion […]

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This Sunday we’ll begin a new study in the book of Romans. I taught through this book 17 years ago, but I’m not sure I agree with that guy, so I’m re-imagining our approach to this magnum opus from Paul. The letter to the Roman church is considered one of the most important books of […]

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Easter Weekend at Eastgate

Tonight is Good Friday and we will be observing it with a service which reflects on Jesus’ sacrificial death on the cross. It will be a time of singing and contemplation. We will also be doing a live painting, as well as an interactive, visceral worship experience. The cross has been a central part of […]

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Elemental Eastgate

So we finally made it through the extremely challenging task of studying the book of Revelation. This Sunday, before we begin our study in a new book, we’re going to take a moment to reflect on our goals as a community. We will be looking at our purpose, our values, as well as our vision. […]

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Further Up & Further In

“I have come home at last! This is my real country! I belong here. This is the land I have been looking for all my life, though I never knew it till now…Come further up, come further in!”  ― C.S. Lewis, The Last Battle Well, we are coming to our final study in the book of Revelation. […]

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The Final Clash

Gandalf’s charge in the second of the Lord of the Rings trilogy is probably one of my favorite moments in all of those movies. Admittedly, those movies are suffering over time (nobody should be allowed to make movies that are that long) – but that moment always sticks out for me. It, of course, reminds […]

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