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Why We Open the Doors

On Ash Wednesday of 2017, I waited in the sanctuary of the un-remodeled 8th Street Methodist Church. As the light burst into the room from the 110-year-old stain glass windows, I realized I was in sacred space. In that space, worship services were held, babies were baptized, brides were given away, vows were taken, communion was received, songs were sung, the poor were car...

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Texas Tragedy

ANOTHER MASSACRE, SUTHERLAND SPRINGS CHURCH I am tired of writing letters and blogs making statements regarding our position on these kinds of tragic events. As a result of the last shooting in the Texas church, we brace ourselves, scrambling for answers. But the answers given weren't satisfying to us in past, are still not satisfying. In fact, we find ourselves to be...

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What is the Function of the Bible?

Over the next few weeks, we are discussing big questions about the Bible. We will be adapting our sermons for this blog. This is part three of our sermon series, "Questions About the Bible". We're spending time on these questions of the Bible becauseThe Bible is our primary tool for worship. We are unapologetic in this as it has held a central place in Christi...

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What is the Bible & Where did It come from?

Over the next few weeks, we are discussing big questions about the Bible. We will be adapting our sermons for this blog. This is part two of our sermon series, "Questions About the Bible". Where do we begin to tell the story of how the Bible has come to us? First, we need to remember the order of how God's revelation has always come to us: God RevealsGodsel...

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What Do We Mean When We Say the Bible is TRUE?

Over the next few weeks, we are discussing big questions about the Bible. We will be adapting our sermons for this blog. This is part one of our sermon series, "Questions About the Bible". About 6 years ago I was sitting in my office when I received this really provocative email from a young girl in my youth ministry named, Sarah. I think she was about 15 when she sent th...

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On the Election: Remember Who You Are

If you are like me, you have been bombarded with articles, videos, posts, and statements about this current political season. Many have attached themselves to one party member or another, or in some cases are simply voting so the "other" candidate will not be elected. Regardless, you have not heard from me, your pastor, on this issue. I have been, as you have been, pray...

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What I Love about My Church:Part 2

Over the last several weeks, we have asked people to reflect on what our church has meant to them over the last year. Included on the blog today is one of the responses. Thanks to Mark Bethany Rains for being significant members of our new community. What has being a part of this new church community been like for you in the last year? Being a part of this community has...

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What I Love About My Church: part 1

Over the last several weeks, we have asked people to reflect on what our church has meant to them over the last year. Included on the blog today is one of the responses. Thanks to Corbyn and Joel Frees for being a significant members of our new community. What has being a part of this new church community been like for you in the last year? It has been better than we co...

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Pastor Chris's Notes from Vacation: Our Father, Kevin Durant, Economics, and Violence in Baton Rouge

I've been on vacation this week. It's the first vacation I've had since we started the new church. While on vacation, I try to unplug; see how far I can get off the grid. It's important for me to put my burdens down for a bit and rest. I've struggled putting them down this time. I love my church. I love my city. I think that's why I'm burdened. Since I've been gone, a l...

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The Dancing God

This is Part 4 of our Vision Series. To catch up, click here: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3. There they were, 120 of them. They were in hiding. Tucked in an upper room somewhere in Jerusalem, praying. But that day the prayer meeting was interrupted by a sound they had never heard before; a sound so great it rattled the windows and shook the doors. And something amazing happen...

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The Only Satisfying Way

Ordinary Time is the "season of simply trying to survive." Usually, we think of it in regards to the duties of everyday life (kids to feed, chores to do, bills to pay), but in light of the events over the last couple of days, it has taken on a more serious and literal meaning. In Ordinary Time, we remember that this is the ordinary way of the world: Bullies have their way...

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A Theology of Space, Matter & Time: Part 2

The ascension of Jesus means that Jesus has taken up authority and is now Lord over Space, Matter, and Time. (Didn't get to read the last blog? No problem. Click here to catch up). As a church, we want to purchase and restore an old church building in the heart of Midtown OKC. Now you might be saying, "What does the ascension of Jesus have to do with purchasing and restor...

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A Theology of Space, Matter, & Time: Part 1

In Acts, Luke gives insight into the days after Jesus' resurrection. For forty days he instructs the apostles after revealing that he was actually alive. He talks about the Kingdom of God constantly and he says something amazing is going to happen. Jesus says that in just a few days they were going to receive power. Great power. Unleashed power. Power that doesn't come fr...

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Vision and Mission

We've been worshipping in Midtown for six months now but haven't started any ministries. No programs. No initiatives. No campaigns. Why? We've done this on purpose. We wanted to approach our new context and our new project as missionaries. We took on the activities of prayer, listening, and telling really good stories so that we could know ourselves, know our context, an...

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Ashes, A Series of Lament

Tomorrow is Ash Wednesday; an important day in the life of the Christian Church. Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent a 40 day journey that takes us through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. The Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke are called Synoptic Gospels (synoptic: to be seen together) and are absolutely consistent in their account of the specific journ...

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What Do We Do With the Bible?

Over the years, the Bible certainly has created controversy. It has been used as a weapon, a history book, a science book, and a book of philosophy and ethics. Some have said that by reading the Bible, they have received special/secret insight from God that no one else has received (the Hebrew word for this is, "HOGWASH!"). It has been polarizing when it has been used for ...

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Why We Might Cancel, BUT We Will Never Close

If you didn't yet already know it, I can be a little cynical about Oklahoma winter weather. My cynicism came from a place. A location. A spot. It came from being raised in Mason City, Iowa. Mason City is in Northern Iowa just 30 minutes south of the Minnesota boarder. Snowstorms in Iowa were great days especially if there was ice. I had a 1982 Chevrolet Chevette that wen...

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We Didn't Want to Start a Church

Two years ago, several of us started thinking and praying about a new church in Midtown, Oklahoma City. On a couple of occasions, we received emails of concern after talking about this new church. These concerns got us thinking. They were constructive. They came from a place of love. They were sociological, theological, denominational, and even practical concerns. There w...

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On Advent and Santa

As a person with a theological education I understand that one can become heady and lack the ability to practice faith in the real world. But, as Christians we must remind ourselves that our theology should inform the way we live practically. Therefore, it is really important that we be very careful about what we teach to our kids as those messages become rooted deep in th...

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