The founders of the United States asked the question, “Now that we have won our liberty, how can liberty continue, when no nation has ever been formed on the basis of liberty?” Our teachers in school taught us that they organized a government that had a declaration of rights and the separation of powers, both in federalism and in the division of the federal government. These were aimed at keeping any person or party from consolidating enough power to be tyrannical. They then formed a government just strong enough to prevent weakness from producing anarchy, which would cause people to call for tyranny in order to have peace and safety.
The Necessity of Virtue
Yet this was not the primary foundational conviction of the American fathers. All of our structures are built upon a more basic set of convictions about human nature. The fathers so assumed these ideas that they are rarely made explicit in their writings, but you can find evidence of them everywhere. Continue reading The Golden Triangle of Freedom
From time to time, I have a conversation with someone via email that gets at ideas that I think will be helpful for the broader High Point body. A High Point member recently came to me for advice about how to respond to a very difficult situation involving a family member’s homosexual wedding.
In other posts, I’ve discussed homosexuality and the specific dilemma of deciding whether or not to attend a friend’s or family member’s gay wedding. This post deals more with how to dialogue with love and candor with those who object to our objections.
I’m sharing this discussion with you, with the member’s permission, in the hope that it will help you as you think through a loving, Biblical response to issues like this which will inevitably become more and more a part of our normal experience. Continue reading Questions: On attending a homosexual wedding
This morning, our lead pastor Nic Gibson spoke about the impact of wisdom on the power of the tongue. Here are the verses and the lists referenced in the service. Let’s pray for God to convict us when we use our words for harm – and to empower us to use our words for giving life.
What Proverbs says about wisdom and the tongue:
(18:7) A fool’s mouth is his undoing, and his lips are a snare to his soul.
(29:20) Do you see a man who speaks in haste? There is more hope for a fool than for him.
(18:13) He who answers before listening – that is his folly and his shame. Continue reading Proverbs: Wisdom and the Tongue
Offering Is Worship
The offering is a specific part of worship that is not like any other act of corporate worship. This is the main reason we haven’t taken it out of the worship service in order to communicate “we are not about money” to skeptics who would presume that. I believe it would diminish our worship not to make financial giving part of it. Giving is one of the most worshipful things we do, because when we give money, the opportunity cost is not just a few minutes of singing, it is the very life, labor and future that our liquid capital represents. It is a “show me don’t tell me” moment of worship, where we let go of the security or pleasure our money can purchase in order to demonstrate our worship of God and our love of his mission. And so I believe giving belongs in the worship service as much as any other component.
And yet there are many skeptics and nominally religious people who believe that the church, and especially larger churches like ours in nice buildings, are all about money. Therefore the way we approach the offering is of particular importance.
Continue reading Leading Worship: The Offering
A recent, intense elder discussion has led me to seek to clarify what I think it means to be a “nondenominational” evangelical church.
Why were “non-denom” churches created?
Independent nondenominational churches—or as the young people say, “Non-denom”—tend to be those that are not connected to a denominational superstructure and that cannot be easily identified by denominational criteria.
Continue reading What is the Non-Denominational Evangelical Church?
We have two teams going to our partner community, El Amirante, in the Dominican Republic this summer – an adult team and a student team. Here’s what the adult team has been up to! Check back here for updates throughout the week.
Day 1 Blog about our arrival in Santo Domingo, June 25, 2016
Day 2 Blog about worship and community reception, June 26, 2016
Day 3 Blog about foot-washing, Physical Therapy, laying the proper foundation, June 27, 2016
Day 4 Blog about home visits, VBS, construction progress, concert June 28, 2016
Day 5, Blog about construction, home visits, VBS, Teen BS, June 29, 2016
Day 6 Blog about marriage proposal, baseball, library and more