By: Lance King Sunday night’s Divine Dialogue was one of my top 10 favorite experiences as part of the Chestnut Grove community! In a rare combination of generosity and academic rigor, Landon and Zac explored a variety of doctrinal perspectives about “how Jesus makes us right with God” along with a group of thoughtful parishioners. … Continue reading Got Mature Beliefs?
Growing up Catholic I experienced Lent as part of my yearly rhythm. We went to Ash Wednesday services, we didn’t eat meat on Friday, and I may or may not have given up something. It was just what we did as a family. Experiencing Lent as a Baptist and an adult has been the same … Continue reading Lenten Practices
By: Landon Collins Today is Ash Wednesday. It is a significant day in the life of the Church. In forty-six days we will gather together to celebrate the Resurrection. But how will we get there? For some the next forty-six days will be just as normal as the previous forty-six. For others however, there will … Continue reading Ash Wednesday and the Practice of Fasting
By: Zac Cannon I do not understand country music. I never have. Growing up in the foothills of Appalachia, country music always twanged solemnly somewhere in the background. From the lowest lows of the poor sap on a barstool mourning the lost love of his wife or his dog or his sister, to the highest … Continue reading Country Music: Do I still need to listen?
By: Landon Collins I love dreams, not the ones that involve setting goals and planning. I love the ones that happen when you sleep. I think they are fun! Unfortunately, when trying to recall and retell these fun dreams, the details seem to fade and nobody else quite gets to experience the fun in the … Continue reading Puzzle Pieces
By: Lance King I heard a pastor recently remark that “nobody ever changes their mind anymore.” He was lamenting the widespread reluctance people have over allowing their perspective to be changed by new information. In politics, I’ve heard mind-changing denounced as flip-flopping. Politics aside, changing one’s mind can be considered as weak or fickle. Have … Continue reading Has Your Mind Been Changed Lately?
By Barbara Edwards I recently had the privilege of attending a children’s pastor’s conference. I attended several break-out sessions that were excellent, met some new people and got lots of information on curriculum, VBS, programs and products. The main theme of the conference was “By Faith”. The best part of the conference were the awesome … Continue reading Stay in Your Lane