Giving Up “Dream Church” and Embracing Discomfort

Brett McCracken

The “dream church” picture I painted in the introduction looks very little like the church, Southlands, where I am now a member. Southlands is nondenominational, meets in a renovated prosthetics factory, and has only the slightest liturgical bent. It’s Reformed-ish but Holy Spirit focused, with impromptu “words” from the congregation and quiet prayer in tongues … Read more

Intimate Melody

‘Heaven’s perfect melody The Creator’s symphony You are singing over me The Father’s song. Heaven’s perfect mystery The king of love has sent for me And now you’re singing over me The Father’s song.’ Matt Redman, The Father’s Song As I’ve been thinking about intimacy with God recently I have found that it is a challenge.  … Read more

God Is Not A _____!

Exodus 32 is such a well-known story for those who have spent any time around church.  It’s the story of the Israelites making themselves a golden calf to worship.  I imagine that most of us automatically think this story is about idolatry.  We think they had stopped worshiping God and instead started to worship the … Read more