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What Good Is Your Church Anyway?

Brandon Culture, Living, Preaching

I recently read the quote of a skeptical unbeliever that stopped me in my tracks… The church is a parasite. It owns the best property, doesn’t pay any taxes, and doesn’t help anybody. As a Pastor who s the local church rather deeply, everything in me wants to argue. Who does this anonymous skeptic think he is? He’s just never …

The Light of the Salvation of God

Brandon Preaching

Light has the amazing ability to pierce the darkness around it. It doesn’t take much. I read of a team of skiers who were lost in the Alps of Switzerland. They were rescued because a helicopter was able to spot the light coming from the display of an mp3 player. ONE GREAT TRUTH: The whole world has been lost and …

The Light of the Glory of God

Brandon Preaching

This article is adapted from my sermon from Luke 2:8-20 from a series on the light of Christmas. I think most of us can relate to having a “once in a lifetime opportunity.” For me, traveling to Russia on a mission trip was that kind of an opportunity for me. When those moments come along, I wonder how I wound …

Kumbaya, My Lord!

Brandon Living

What does that mean, anyway? Actually, it means “come by here.” We didn’t sing Kumbaya at camp this week, but God definitely showed up! This was my first experience with church camp… ever! I’d been to Conservation Camp in elementary school and hated every minute of it. This week was vastly different. For one thing, thirty-six people got saved! As …