In this message, Pastor Mark tells a story of going fishing with his grandfather to illustrate that there's more than one way to tell the truth. Then, focusing on the importance of genre in interpretation, he explains that the Bible and science are not incompatible because they ask different kinds of questions.
What does it mean to say that the Bible is inspired by God? You might be surprised to discover that there's more than one way to answer this question. In this message, Pastor Mark outlines a mainline Protestant approach that connects with our own experience.
In this message, Pastor Mark reflects on two questions: (1) Where did the New Testament come from? (2) What is its central message? This is sermon 3 of 5 in the teaching series, "A Reasonable Reading of the Bible."
In this message, Pastor Mark talks about growing-up in a church that taught the Bible as the factually inerrant Word of God that demand a strict literal reading. After explaining the problems this caused later in life, he shares how his understanding of scripture was revolutionized while attending college and seminary, which empowered him to develop a more integrated and authentic faith. This is message 1 of 5 in a series, "A Reasonable Reading of the Bible."
Are you facing a difficult decision? Have you considered all the pros and cons and still can't see a clear way forward? Are people making you feel bad by assuming you should have it all figured out by now? The truth is, life is complex and most of our challenges do not yield easy answers. The good news is that there is an ancient wisdom tradition that can help when you're in a tight spot. Check-out this message to find support.
This message is based on a powerful teaching offered by Rob Bell on the Robcast (Episode 123, Wisdom Part 7, "The Simple and Subtle"). I found it to be so powerful, that I wanted to share it with my congregation. I would highly recommend views listen to the original teaching.
In this third and final message of the "Simple Church" series, Pastor Mark explains the importance of aligning and focusing all of our ministries around the simple, step-by-step disciple-making process. These steps require courage and sacrifice, but the results are awesome--people experience spiritual transformation and work together to transform the city!
A major responsibility of the church is to offer a simple, step-by-step path that teaches people how to follow Jesus and experience spiritual transformation. In this video, we continue the series, "Simple Church," by sharing our process for helping people become disciples. Like the message of Jesus, its simple!
In this message, we see that the mission of the Christian church is not an empty catchphrase, but an invitation to covenant relationship with God, to participate in God's great rescue mission of the world. Furthermore, if a church is going to accomplish the mission given by God, it needs to organize its resources around a simple step-by-step process for making disciples. After giving an exaggerated example of a church without a clear mission and process, Pastor Mark challenges us to reassess where we are as a congregation and the kinds of sacrifices needed to experience renewal. This is message 1 of 3 in a series designed to explain important aspects of our philosophy of ministry at First United Methodist Church Cocoa Beach.