Crazy Like Us

What do our waistlines and our wallets have in common? Our giving habits share a pattern with our health habits. And in both cases, there’s a better option out there. In this message, Rich Barrett challenges us to adopt a superior habit of giving. The difference we can make by doing so in the year is immeasurable. November 25, 2018

My Bad Church Experience: How Dare We!

The church isn’t an exclusive club. It can’t keep people out whom Jesus invited in . . . and he invited everyone. But if the message of the church is for everyone, why is church culture so often an obstacle to people? November 18, 2018

My Bad Church Experience: Stick Around

We all come to church with expectations. Many of us have had a bad church experience because our expectations were not met. It’s one thing when church lets us down, but what about when Jesus fails to meet our expectations? What happens when you turn over your life to him and things don’t turn out the way you expected? November 11, 2018

My Bad Church Experience: Boring Church

For a lot of people, their experiences going to church aren’t objectionable. They are dull. Church is all about a safe and predictable routine. Nothing that is said or done appears to have any connection to their daily lives. It’s about religion.

That kind of church makes it seem like God is safe, predictable, and has no connection to our daily lives. That’s dangerous because God is a relationship to be enjoyed, not a religion to be endured. October 21, 2018

My Bad Church Experience: The Mess Under the Carpet

Our pasts tend to follow us around. That’s why a lot of people avoid church. They feel judged, alienated, or slighted because of some mess in their pasts. Some people even feel like their pasts disqualify them from having a relationship with God. That’s ironic because the man who wrote most of the New Testament had quite a messy past. He was the most unlikely candidate for following Jesus, yet he became one of Jesus’ most famous followers. If there’s hope for him, there’s hope for all of us. October 14, 2018