A Vision Schematic

Posted by John Jones on

We are moving forward to make our vision a vibrant part of who we are as a congregation. For more than 30 years we have pursued a biblical vision while, at the same time, cultivating a sub-identity as a unique congregation in Chattanooga.   Every Christian church is connected in a...

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Tags: vision, direction, action, object, john jones, manner

He Will Sustain

Posted by Jake Bennett on

Many of you can imagine the fear of losing your eyesight. A few years ago, I was diagnosed with Fuchs Dystrophy. This is a rare eye disease that causes vision impairment. When I was first told about my condition, I was struck with the potential fear of going blind. Some of you  know that...

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Tags: hymns, blindness, sustain, fanny crosby, jake bennett

Rahab

Posted by Eric Mullinax on

There are things about Mrs. Mitchell’s Sunday School class of my youth that are quite dull in my memory bank. However, some things are remembered well, like her seasonally themed cupcakes, her warm embraces, and her dramatic story-telling. One Sunday’s presentation seemed especially...

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Tags: rahab, remembered, forgotten, scarlet cord, eric mullinax

Our Mission Belongs to Him

Posted by John Jones on

Isn’t it strange to contemplate that your personal mission in life is actually not your personal mission in life?  What is a personal mission? It can be very helpful for us to make our way through life with a sense of objective, setting goals, making lists, working hard, finishing...

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The Life of the Herald

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Alexander Whyte was the great expositional preacher of St. George’s church, and a professor at New College, in Edinburgh during the early 20th century. One of his contemporaries described him in the following way: “While others might defend...

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Tags: vision, mission, great commission, john jones, love god and neighbors

Change is All Around Us

Posted by Jake Bennett on

“For I the Lord do not change.” Malachi 3.6a  There are two guarantees in this life. First, nothing in this life will ever remain the same. The second is that our God will never change. Change is hard, isn’t it? I remember a Taco Bell commercial from the 90’s. The...

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Where Does Your Search Lead?

Posted by Eric Mullinax on

Perhaps it was a TV episode from The Red Skelton Show of my youth. (For those without a clue, Red Skelton was a popular comedian/performer for seventy years and entertained three generations of Americans in film, radio, and television.) It’s the classic comedy routine that begins with a...

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Tags: searching, criticize, flaws, streetlight, eric mullinax

Hymn-Singing Cannibals

Posted by John Jones on

One wonders if the cutting-edge church of late-nineteenth-century Scotland could compete with the American church of today. In light of cultural change at 10,000 mbps, could the kilt-wearing Scottish kirk keep up? Sunday morning worship services led by Thomson...

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Tags: hymns, singing, kirk, scottish, south pacific, john jones

The City Around Us

Posted by Jake Bennett on

“When it goes well with the righteous, the city rejoices,” Proverbs 11.10a   While living in Saint Louis, we had a special relationship with our Aldi. As a poor seminary family, we did the majority of our shopping there. Through our persistent presence, we developed some...

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Tags: community, city, wednesday, midweek, jake bennett

He Descended Into Hell?

Posted by John Jones on

The phrase from the Apostles’ Creed, “He descended into hell,” tends to generate a lot of questions. Part of the confusion stems from the fact that the phrase is shocking. The picture of Jesus walking about in a fiery chasm deep beneath the earth’s surface is almost...

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Tags: resurrection, hell, apostles' creed, john jones

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