Tag Archives: Phoenix

Thinking About NVCC 2/1/2015

I have been thinking this week about how the American church must compete with a society that must be entertained. This thought of course came from all the auto auctions, golf tournaments, and football games that have been scheduled for the Phoenix area these last few weeks. The Valley of the Sun is alive with one activity after another.

Dallas Willard said it well, “The western segment of the church today lives in a bubble of historical illusion about the meaning of discipleship and the gospel. We are dominated essentially by the enlightenment values that rule American culture: Pursuit of happiness, unrestricted freedom of choice, disdain of authority. The prosperity gospels, the gospels of liberation, and the comfortable sense of what life is all about that fills the minds of most devout Christians in our circles are the result. How different is the gritty realization of James, “Friends of the world are enemies of God” (James 4:4). And “If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in Him (2John 2:15).

Staying focused,

Kirby

http://www.nvccphx.com

crosscnvcclogo

 

Advertisements

Leave a comment

Filed under Thinking About NVCC

Thinking About NVCC 5/4/2014

Our little church served the homeless at You Matter Ministry yesterday, and I have to say it again, “When we go there we bring it.” Even Rick, their pastor, said to Cindy, “I love it when your church comes, you even bring a choir.” Heck, we almost bring the whole church; that says a lot about us.

After the service, Chris, a Navajo Indian, came forward and asked for prayer. He was shaking badly because he needed a drink. He was worried because he hurt on the inside, and was having trouble eating. We gathered around him and prayed. He said, “I want to be honest if you gave me money I would go and buy a drink.” We stayed and listened to him for quite a while. When the prayer circle broke up he stepped back and began praising God in Navajo; it was beautiful. As he stood there with his eyes shut praising God his face was shinning.

An unexpected moment,

Kirby

http://www.nvccphx.com

crosscnvcclogo

Leave a comment

Filed under Thinking About NVCC