Power and weakness in the church

Last week, I attended a day-long seminar with professor and author Kyle Strobel, hosted by the 3Strand Church Network that Roots Church is a part of. Kyle recently wrote a book on power and weakness in the kingdom of God, and the seminar was centered around that...

Human mercy requires divine justice

This past Sunday’s sermon looked at God’s love in relation to God’s judgment. Many people feel the need to downplay or ignore what the Bible says about God’s judgment, especially his final and eternal judgment of sin and sinners. We worked through some of the...

Update on our new space

We signed a three-year lease on 5,800 sq. feet of space in downtown Stanwood back in mid-may (old Jimmie’s Pawnshop across from SC News and Stanwood Foursquare). This space, when ready, will hold our services, kids’ classrooms, and offices. We are really...

We pledge allegiance…

As part of our Sunday services, we do a pastoral prayer. Sometimes these are more spontaneous and cover several topics. Sometimes they are written out beforehand and focus on one specific theme. Here is the prayer we’ll pray for the week of July 4th. Dear Lord Jesus,...

A prayer for fathers

As part of our Sunday services, we do a pastoral prayer. Sometimes these are more spontaneous and cover several topics. Sometimes they are written out beforehand and focus on one specific theme. Here is the prayer we’ll pray this coming Father’s Day. Dear...

New space for Roots Church!

After a couple months’ process, we are excited to announce that we have signed a 3-year lease on 5,800 sq. ft. for our church in Stanwood: the old pawn shop across from SC News. The membership voted on April 28 to move on this space, as well as to move to Sunday...

Prayer for mothers

Dear Lord Jesus, Thank you for the example all moms give us, however imperfectly, of sacrificial, selfless, other-centered love. Thank you for their example of endurance and faithfulness through the challenges of being a mom. In all of this, we get a glimpse of your...

Behold “hymn”

We sing a lot of hymns at Roots. Old hymns. New hymns. Old hymns put to new music. Joyful hymns. Lament hymns. (We also sing many songs that are not in the typical hymn form.) And we do this for a reason. Matt Redman wrote a (non-hymn) worship song titled...

Sing songs of suffering

Dear refuge of my weary soul, on Thee, when sorrows rise,          On Thee, when waves of trouble roll, my fainting hope relies. (Lyrics by Anne Steele) Sometimes we have the impression that life as a Christian ought to be full of joy, peace, and contentment, and that...

Note: Our Sunday gatherings will be moving to our new space and to a new time (10:30 am) soon. Stay tuned…