On this Good Friday and Easter weekend, we remember God’s greatest act of love and grace for humanity – the death of his son Jesus Christ for our sins. No longer do we remain condemned and enslaved to sin, but now we are set free, declared righteous and adopted into the family of God with an eternal inheritance. What a gift God has given us!
Continue reading ““Father, Forgive Them””
Last month I received a text from a friend and ministry partner asking if I would be interested in collaborating on a new podcast dedicated to the study of the early Christian movement. The goal would be to participate in a theological conversation that seeks to see movements reignited locally and globally. A few weeks later, this new project was born!
Continue reading “Join the Conversation: The Ephesiology Podcast”
Although we’re already a few weeks into 2019, it’s still not too late to share my top books from last year. As you’ll see, my selections center on theology, the church, and pastoral leadership. I tried to limit it to just 4 or 5, but this was a year of hearing from a number of formative voices that are shaping me, my leadership, and our church. So here they are, my top books from 2018.
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When I, Mary, was first looking for resources to help us with church planting I was really looking for something that spoke DIRECTLY to a church planting family. I wanted something to say, “THIS is what church planting will be like for you!” and “THIS is what you need to know about church planting as a family.” I now see this was a silly way of thinking. What I have found is that all the best resources for my family can be the best thing for every family. Continue reading “Our Top 3 Family Resources”
I have the privilege to be the guest speaker at two great churches in the next few weeks. I hope you’ll join me in visiting these congregations that are committed to the gospel and the kingdom. Plus, I would love your support on the week that I am there!
Saturday, October 7 @ 5pm & Sunday, October 8 @ 10am // The Bridge Church, 520 Longwood Dr, Algonquin, IL 60102
“And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive …” (Matthew 21:22)
Join us for our first Restoration Church prayer gathering next Wednesday, September 13 from 6:30-8pm! This gathering is open to our supporters, core group members, and first-time guests. All are welcomed to join us in praying for Restoration Church, Lake Zurich and surrounding communities.
Our prayer gathering will be held at Pastor Matt’s home in Lake Zurich. Please RSVP at https://www.facebook.com/events/768172686724114 or by emailing Pastor Matt at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Who am I? What was I made for? What is my purpose?
These are the questions that plague modern men and women in a world that finds their identity, status or uniqueness in the shallow waters of riches and fame. Nothing is more frightening to a student or young adult who is seeking success in the world than to slip into the nameless abyss of obscurity. We are desperate to discover or create our own personal identity, brand or platform in order to keep up with a global society that idolizes the success of men and women.
However, its the Gospel that slays our idolatrous worship of man and self. With a striking blow to the heart, we are confronted with the reality of the shallowness of our pursuits which brings a beautiful life out of a glorious death. The Gospel sets us free from the prison of our superficial idolatry and leads us to a place of deep waters where we learn to experience our true identity and purpose revealed only in the Cross.
I’ll be sharing much more on how the Gospel is where our true identities are discovered the weekend of October 21 – 23 at Expeditions Unlimited in Baraboo, WI for the ONE Retreat, a gathering of High School students from across Northern Lake County, IL. Please join me in praying for us in preparation for our weekend together!