Invite your non-believing friends

As we’ve been going through our sermon series on evangelism, I have been considering more often than normal how a non-believer would feel in our Sunday gatherings. I’m aware that talking about evangelism might present an awkward situation for a non-believer to sit in...

The front lines of evangelism

I came across this quote by Mark Dever, pastor of Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington D.C., this week in my reading. It expresses one of my convictions for Roots Church, that connects with our current sermon series on evangelism. It is this: We want to be a...

Two Ways to Wrestle with Our Faith

As Christians, most of us have times where we wonder, “Is all of this even real?” Times when we question the intellectual plausibility of faith. Times when the life of faith just doesn’t seem worth the effort. Times when the mountaintop experiences fade into months,...

Thinking about church growth

Several people have recently mentioned a desire to continue to grow as a church and asked about how we can go about this. This is a good desire, one that I share, and I am encouraged to hear such talk. This is something that has been on my mind more and more and...

Year one in review

This past week we celebrated our first birthday as a church, having launched services April 23, 2017. So much has happened in this past year that I never could have seen and that is clearly God’s doing. Here are a few of the ways I see God’s hand working, and for...

God’s reverberating words

This past Sunday, we considered what preaching is and why we do it. We believe that the essential task of preaching is to expose God’s word and bring it to bear upon a church. And we believe this because God has ordained to both bring people to saving faith and build...

The dividing line of the gospel

For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. –1 Corinthians 1:18 Everyone judges. We can’t help it. It doesn’t matter if you’re religious or not, everyone is judging other people and making...

The gospel doesn’t need our hype

“What has the power to attract and change people?”  If you’ve been part of a church, you’ve probably asked yourself this question at some point. I certainly have. But I am increasingly concerned with the answers we as the church are giving to this question. Not the...

2018 State of the Church

The beginning of a new calendar year provides a good time to look back and consider what God has done, and also look forward and consider how to live out the calling and meet the opportunities God has given us as a church. God is always working, and He has graciously...

6 factors for understanding biblical holy war

The biblical passage for this past Sunday’s sermon included the following: “And we devoted them to destruction, as we did to Sihon the king of Heshbon, devoting to destruction every city, men, women, and children.” (Deuteronomy 3:6) The topic of biblical holy war,...