Could You Turn It Down, Please?

If you’ve gone to a service at any SMCC campus, it’s possible that at some point you might have noticed our music can get pretty loud. For some people this seems like a good thing, and for others, not so much. Some might even worry that their hearing could be damaged. In light of this, I thought it would be a good idea to address the safety issue first so you can rest easy, and …

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Mind vs Brain

I’ve been reading a fascinating book this summer entitled Anatomy of the Soul by Curt Thompson, M.D. In this book he talks about how the brain helps or hurts our spiritual progress as Christians. The Bible tells us… Romans 12:2 Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which …

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Some People are Too Lazy to be Happy

What we have been trying to say over the last two months in our Make War series, is that SHALOM is a life well lived – it’s human flourishing, and the life that God intended for us. Unfortunately, many people are too lazy to experience SHALOM / this kind of happiness. Why? That is the question I would like to tackle today. One would think that if they knew they could be happy then they …

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Love Letter to a Lesbian

I decided to include someone else’s Blog Post as part of my own. Since every Q&A Sunday I get asked a question about homosexuality, and because of the number of professional athletes that are “coming out” these days (spoken of as heroic) and because of the Supreme Court ruling recently on Gay Marriage, I thought I should address this topic once more. The question that was submitted for this year’s Q&A read as follows. “Why …

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A Theology of Feeling

In the most recent issue of Christianity Today there is a fascinating article by Mark Galli. Mr. Galli wrote a book titled God’s Wins in reaction and critique of Rob Bell’s book titled Love Wins. In Rob Bell’s book evangelicals were treated to what can go wrong when we leave the bible as our sole authority for truth. In his book Mr. Bell continually asked theological questions that appealed to God’s character as “loving” instead …

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Beauty Misconceptions

Dear friends, I if you haven’t had a chance to see what Jini had to say last weekend at SMCC, I encourage you to do so. After watching or listening, go to http://www.mnn.com/lifestyle/arts-culture/blogs/doves-real-beauty-sketches-video-leads-to-controversy and watch this incredible video. We are more beautiful than we think. We are hard on ourselves. I think it is time we let ourselves be thankful for what God has given us. Remember, “flaws are 100% subjective.” (Rick Warren) Pastor Paul

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The Church, The State and Gay Marriage

I’ve been thinking a bit about the decision before the Supreme Court regarding gay marriage. I recently read an article by Tony Campolo in which he asked, why is the government at all involved in marrying people? If marriage is a sacred institution, why is the government controlling it, especially in a nation where we believe in separation of church and state? When I officiate a wedding, I’ve always said, “And now, by the authority …

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A Note from Jeremy Piehler, SMCC Pastor of Student Ministries

Recently I have been spending extra time in the book of Proverbs. While we often look at Proverbs as a book of random collections of wise sayings, what you will quickly discover when reading Proverbs is that the author is writing the book to his own son. Throughout this book the author encourages his son to follow godly principles, warns him against falling into temptations, how to treat friends and fools, how to deal with …

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Does Jesus Want Me to Attend and Be Committed to One Local Church?

We live in a day of low commitment. People want to keep their options open. We see this in the way that people fail to commit to attending events such as weddings or parties until the last minute. We see this illustrated any time the church holds an event – 75% of the sign-ups happen during the last week. But worst of all is the failure of Christians, who are supposed to be different than …

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Motivation and the Gospel

Today’s blog includes my “after-thoughts” from this weekend’s message. As I re-think what we learned about the gospel I contemplated why it is so easy for Pastors to slip into legalism in what they say from the front. I think in many cases it boils down to a desire for their congregation to obey God. When that desire is strong it is easy to slip from “inviting” their people to change to “demanding” or “requiring” …

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