Recovering Biblical Sanity - John 13:1-20
by James Rowell on June 22nd, 2020
“Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me.”— Jesus, John 14:1This world is troubling. It's troubling on many levels in fact. In John 14:1, Jesus offers himself as a way to untrouble us in the midst that which is troubling. My desire to enter into a week-long media fast this week, and to invite you into that with me, is to take John 14:1 seriously. These are troubling day...
Two Encouraged Forms of Media During a Media Fast
by James Rowell on June 22nd, 2020
Here we are on day 1 of a week-long media fast. I've received some questions seeking to clarify what qualifies as "media" in this media fast. I don't take that to be people trying to get around the spirit of exercise, but more a recognition of how media-laced our lives are. So, for my part, I'm trying to abstain from all unhealthy media use which busies my soul with the cares of this world and sab...
An Exciting Story of Missional Living
by James Rowell on June 15th, 2020
Joe Hwang and Rachel Furnish are two of the most evangelistically gifted people in our church family. They love Jesus, love the gospel, love people and love obeying Jesus as ambassadors of Christ. Here is a story of what the Spirit is leading Rachel and the Hwangs into together:https://youtu.be/Rms7r9VqSTY...
by James Rowell on June 12th, 2020
Due to COVID-19, we have not gathered in person for church since early March. Because we rent a school, when and how we are able to begin gathering again is not ultimately up to us. As we continue to wait things out and explore other alternatives, we are ready to begin gathering together responsibly for worship and fellowship on Sundays. As of June 14 we will continue to stream our Sunday service,...
For Generations Parents
by James Rowell on June 8th, 2020
We want to create a forum to serve and equip parents during this ongoing season. Plus, Adam is just funny and entertaining so please watch this informational video....
A Personal Remembrance
by James Rowell on May 18th, 2020
Three things have coalesced to create this post.I preached yesterday on Psalm 124 and stated within my introduction that in many ways, gospel ministry is a ministry of reminder. The entire message was framed as four important reminders; the whole context of the Songs of Ascent we're walking through is the spiritual renewal around festivals of remembrance. Those ideas are one piece of this post.Ano...
Thoughts from 1974 for Right Now (part 2)
by James Rowell on May 13th, 2020
I wrote part 1 of this post on April 30th, with the intention of posting part 2 the next day. Life working from home with a bunch of kids in quarrantine has a way of disrupting some of our intentions. That was the end of that week, and then it was on to some more pressing matters the next week... all that is to say, we're almost two weeks later and I'm finally posting part 2.If you've listened muc...
Giving Up the Illusion
by James Rowell on May 12th, 2020
Guest post by Laura BarryI have been living an illusion. The curtain gets pulled back from time to time, and I know better, but believing the illusion is often so second nature I fail to comprehend when the curtain has come down between me and reality again. That illusion is my self sufficiency.I operate on this principle, that I don't need help. That if I just work hard enough or long enough, I d...
Thoughts From 1974 for Right Now (part 1)
by James Rowell on April 30th, 2020
If you've listened much to my preaching you know I have been impacted quite profoundly by Francis Schaeffer's writings. I wanted to give you all a little taste of his insights here. He wrote a little work in 1973 called Two Contents, Two Realities which is as timely today as could have ever been.If you're part of Generations then you know we conceive of discipleship as continual growth in 4 key ar...
One of the Best Conference Talks I've Ever Heard
by James Rowell on April 29th, 2020
I meet on Wednesdays with our ministry residents and cover assigned reading, Scripture, life and other current relevant topics. Last week in our reading there were some questions assessing church culture that we discussed. One of them was this: “Is there some place in your church’s life where obedience to Christ is being withheld but his blessing is expected anyway?”That’s never a bad question to ...
by James Rowell on April 28th, 2020
I am reading through John's gospel in my devotions and came to John 3:16 today. That's right, the most known verse probably in the entire Bible, at least here in the United States. Whenever I read familiar verses, the most natural thing to do is gloss over it because I know it and have heard sermons on it and have probably preached on it before. Familiar verses are front loaded with presumptions a...
Seeing Myself and God More Clearly
by James Rowell on April 23rd, 2020
Guest post by Sarah HwangDuring quarantine, I've been practicing a difficult new skill. This ability comes naturally to my husband, Joe (the super ripped guy I hug a lot at church), and my best friend Andrea (the one with the curly hair and bright lipstick who talks with me through the whole sermon). I see this skill in Andrea at work, in her friendship with me, and in her conflict resolution. In ...
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