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…
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 Joy Lippard, MBC Tysons Worship Leader
Sing to Him a new song; Play skillfully with a shout of joy. Psalm 33:3
Music is powerful in our culture. Often times, without realizing it, people form opinions of what they believe and how they live based on what they learn from the lyrics in popular songs! The same is true of songs in the church. People learn their theology from music. For a Christian songwriter, that means a responsibility to write truthful and doctrinally sound lyrics. Whether I’m writing a congregational worship song or a song about life or love, I use the Bible as my guide for writing solid and truthful lyrics.
Writing songs that are…