By Joe Henriques, @MBCTysons Campus Pastor
All I wanted at the pet store were a couple of snails for my small aquarium. I got a bonus deal: Snails plus a mini-workshop on labor relations.
“So, how’s it going today?” I asked the young man who was putting my tiny purchases in water-filled bags. “Not so good,” he responded. “Some days are like that for all of us,” I offered, as a way of solidarity. “Yeah, that’s true,” he replied, but then quickly added, “But, I love my job.” I looked at him with amazement and exclaimed, “Not a whole lot of people can say that! What makes you love your job?” “My boss,” he smiled. “She’s always positive, always encouraging me, helps me to do…
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By Nate Keeler, @MBCArlington Campus Pastor
When I first heard the news last week that Mark Driscoll, Senior Pastor of Mars Hill Church in Seattle, had resigned under multiple allegations and criticism for his leadership and character, I had three immediate responses: 1) I grieved the fall of a church leader and the pain he and his family must be experiencing; 2) I was unfortunately not surprised given some troubling signs over the past decade; and 3) I prayed for him, his family and all those who are wounded because of the trust they placed in Pastor Driscoll to lead them spiritually.
Because we don’t have the full story I want to avoid speculation or…
By Joe Kelty, MBC Tysons Director of Men’s Discipleship
In today’s morally relativistic culture, can we really be expected to share our faith in the “real world”? Let me give you a couple real world examples of a “rookie” Christian sharing his faith.
When I was a younger man, my wife and I had only been married for two years when we were blessed with our first child, a precious little girl. I was working in downtown DC at a firm with several young men in the 20-30 age group. One of the VPs had established a tradition of taking men out to lunch for their birthday. Somehow that tradition devolved into a group of rowdy men going to a gentlemen’s club in DC to…
By Julie Stoll, MBC Tysons Attendee
Remember Jonah the reluctant prophet? God shared His heart of compassion for the people of Nineveh, and told Jonah to go make a difference there. But Jonah went in the opposite direction, intentionally refusing to join God’s plan. Why? What prompted Jonah’s reluctance and emboldened him into rebellion?
Perhaps Jonah had bought into the cultural perspective of his nation. The Jews at that time had a nasty history with the Ninevites and viewed them as despicable. Why be involved with anything good directed toward a “bad” group who chose to be that way? I can relate to that in my prayer life. I am reluctant to pray for people I don’t understand…