• Advent, Part 1

    Posted Nov 27th, 2013 By in Pastor Brian's Blog, Why We Do What We Do With | No Comments

    Happy New Year! This is the first Sunday in Advent, which is regarded by Western Christianity as the beginning of the liturgical year. Sometimes Christians mistakenly think of Advent as being synonymous with the birth of Christ or with Christmas. But it really isn’t. In fact, Advent’s primary focus is on what we usually call …

  • Optional Cadet Meeting

    Posted Nov 23rd, 2013 By in Cadets Blog With | No Comments

    Hello Cadet Parents, Just wanted to let you know that Jamie Lindsey is planning to be at the church this Wednesday for an optional cadet meeting to get in some more practice for the upcoming Field Day on December 7. Regular times apply. All are welcome. -Andy

  • How Worship Works, Part 5

    Posted Nov 22nd, 2013 By in Pastor Brian's Blog, Why We Do What We Do With | No Comments

    Last week I ended with these words: “What we sing is important, but so is how we sing. What we say matters, but so does the way we say it. What we eat matters, but so does the manner in which we eat it.” By extension, the content of our worship is just as important …

  • How Worship Works, part 4

    Posted Nov 16th, 2013 By in Pastor Brian's Blog, Why We Do What We Do With | 1 Comment

    This week a local pastor and “friend” of mine from Facebook posted something that caught my attention. He recently sold his house and moved into a new one. That, however, didn’t stop him from driving to his old house by mistake on his way home. And this he did four times! You’ve done things like …

  • Field Day

    Posted Nov 13th, 2013 By in Cadets Blog With | No Comments

    Hi everyone, Anybody out there have room in their vehicle for two cadets? The Kazules family is looking for two spots for Daniel and Ben. Any takers can let me know by email or can comment to this post. Thanks everyone. -Andy

  • How Worship Works, part 3

    Posted Nov 8th, 2013 By in Pastor Brian's Blog, Why We Do What We Do With | No Comments

    In his new book, In Search of Deep Faith: A Pilgrimage into the Beauty, Goodness and Heart of Christianity, Jim Belcher tells of the one year pilgrimage he and his family took retracing the steps of faithful Christians and their deep faith. It’s a fascinating read, probably the best book I have read this year. …

  • Cadets through the end of 2013

    Posted Nov 3rd, 2013 By in Cadets Blog With | No Comments

    Hello everyone, Some minor scheduling changes to help with planning for the remainder of the year. November 6: Regular Cadet meeting, no more archery until Daylight Savings time. Back to regular meeting time of 7:00-8:15 November 9: Special Cadet meeting at Aztec Park. 9am – 11am. I apologize for the short notice, but we were …

  • Apostles’ Creed

    Posted Nov 1st, 2013 By in Pastor Brian's Blog, The Apostles' Creed, Why We Do What We Do With | No Comments

    Evangelicals have a general uneasiness to the use of creeds and confessions which springs from a very healthy respect for the Holy Scriptures.  If you are one of them and wonder why we use them be sure to check out an earlier installment I wrote here http://www.newlifelamesa.org/pastor-brians-blog/confession-of-faith/.  Here our discussion will be limited to an …

  • How Worship Works, part 2

    Posted Nov 1st, 2013 By in Pastor Brian's Blog, Why We Do What We Do With | No Comments

    I have said it before: Whether or not we know or even like it, every church and every service of worship is liturgical. Every church and every service of worship follows a prescribed liturgy. The liturgy may be bad or it may be good. Either way, it is there. James K.A. Smith, professor of philosophy, …

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