By Nate Keeler, @MBCArlington Campus Pastor
Have you ever heard someone say, “I love Christ, but I don’t love Christians?” Well in my early 20s that is probably one of the things you would have heard me say. I had a dysfunctional relationship with the local church that stemmed from growing up as a PK (that’s church talk for Pastor’s Kid) and seeing tons of hypocrisy.
I took a very self-centered approach to church. I wanted the benefits but not the commitment. Maybe you can relate. Many of us are dating the church. We would rather keep our options open than have to make a serious and exclusive commitment to a local church. I get it. Commitment can be scary. We don’t want to…
“Grace is the pleasure of God to magnify the worth of God by giving sinners the right and power to delight in God without obscuring the glory of God.” John Piper
By Margaret Ashmore, MBC Women’s Conference Speaker
In counseling, I am often asked “How To…” questions. How do I quit overeating, how do I forgive the wrongs in my past, how can I stop being so afraid, how do I stop obsessing over people and circumstances—and of course the list is as long as the maladies we experience in a world stricken with sin. When Elisabeth Elliot, author, speaker and missionary, was asked such questions she responded, “Do you want answers or orders?” There aren’t…