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When “Welcoming” and “Inviting” Aren’t

by Matt McKimmy

While driving around town it’s pretty common to see church signs that proclaim “all are welcome” to join them for worship. This morning I even saw one that “cordially invited” folks to be part of their worship gatherings.

These sentiments are grounded in good intentions, I’m sure, but I can’t help but wonder if they might do more harm than good, both within and beyond a congregation.

The Most Difficult Part

by Matt McKimmy

There’s no doubt that the way and teachings of Jesus are challenging. For whatever reason, it just doesn’t come naturally for us to love our enemies, pray for those who persecute us, give up what we have and give it to the poor, and so on. But there is one part of this Jesus-following lifestyle that I believe is most basic and most difficult: making friends with people who are different from us. Not just a little different, either.

Questioning the Cross

by Matt McKimmy

We journey toward the cross, somber and penitent. And to the extent that there is an assumption of a commonly-held story of Easter, it has to do with God demanding that Jesus be sacrificed for our sins so that we can inherit eternal life. While this might be the popular, and seemingly only, version of the story, I have some serious reservations with this interpretation.

What we believe about Jesus

by Matt McKimmy
Who Is Jesus?

On the final Sunday of our This I Believe worship series we explored the theme “This I Believe about Jesus.” Since others might be interested in hearing about what our church believes about Jesus, here are the results of our in-worship creative moment, where we invited everyone present to list ways we think of or describe Jesus.