Worship In a Movie Theater

The ‘Third Place’ May Be the Best Place for the Church to Gather

Brandon Church Planting

Home. Work. Hangout. Those are the three places we do life. There’s no better place for the church to gather than right in the middle of the third place – the hangout. Via Wikipedia: In community building, the third place (or third space) is the social surroundings separate from the two usual social environments of home and the workplace. In his …

Why Gathering with the Church On the Weekend Matters

Brandon Devotional

We need some terminology shifts in our discussion about weekend gatherings of the church. First of all, the word “attendance” implies that church is an event that we support and make happen with our attendance. But church isn’t an event. And while the church is “local” in its expression, it isn’t defined by a building or a location either. Church is …

Giver

Acknowledging the Ultimate Gift Giver

Brandon Devotional

James, the brother of Jesus, once said, “Every good present and every perfect gift comes from above, from the Father…” (James 1:17 GW) All the stuff we possess is a gift from God, and failing to recognize Him as the Giver is to miss the opportunity to glorify Him in our lives and in the world. Acknowledging and thanking God as the Giver does two things …

Grace Hills' Second Service

When Things Get Real in a Church Plant

Brandon Grace Hills

A snapshot taken in our first official “second” service, 1/19/2014. I am humbled! Today marked the 2nd anniversary of our launch as Grace Hills Church. Today, we also launched a second morning worship service – something I’ll write about later. And today, we began a new teaching series called Healing: Recovering from Life’s Hurts, Habits, and Hang-ups. We had a …

Fiddle

When It Comes to Worship, Don’t Hold Back!

Brandon Grace Hills

Christians like to talk about church music and call it worship. Church music usually is a means by which Christians worship. But worship is much than music. We even have our own “worship wars” in which we decide what “style” of worship is right, wrong, or most biblical. I still see the phrases “contemporary worship” and “traditional worship” plastered …