discipline

Redeeming our Thoughts: Part 1 (2 Corinthians 10:3-5)

Redeeming our Thoughts: Part 1 (2 Corinthians 10:3-5)

In the first of 2 sermons, we do some thinking about thinking. What goes on in our minds as we process information, form ideas, and generate images? And what are some of the ways our thoughts become corrupted and in need of redemption?

Every Christian's Individual Development Plan (2 Peter 1:3-8)

Every Christian's Individual Development Plan (2 Peter 1:3-8)

Developing habits, virtues, skills, resistance against sin, everything else involved in our walk with Christ shares parallels with development in professional or athletic fields. Stan Hammonds walks us through allowing the text of 2 Peter 1 to become the basis for a development plan.

Sitting at the Lord's Feet (Luke 10:38-42)

Sitting at the Lord's Feet (Luke 10:38-42)

Our instincts have been trained to come to Martha’s defense. After all, she’s the servant. She’s getting things done while others sit. She should be the one commended here. But is it possible that even something good like service can be elevated to a place of priority it was never meant to hold? And may it actually be drying out our soul…and even masking some deep voids?

Training Your Children (Ephesians 6:1-4)

Training Your Children (Ephesians 6:1-4)

We break down Ephesians 6:4 and propose a four-fold curriculum for the discipline and instruction of our children, based on the three main ways we learn.

The Necessity (and Limitations) of Human Judgment (Matthew 7:1-5)

The Necessity (and Limitations) of Human Judgment (Matthew 7:1-5)

"Judge not lest you be judged." It seems like even those who don't have a clue on where to find the Gospel of Matthew in a Bible know this verse. And absolutely Christians have too often ignored Jesus' teaching on the dangers of making judgments. But this is not all the Bible has to say on the topic. We examine several biblical passages and find out why judgment is necessary but also why our human capacity for it is limited.

Meditation (Psalm 1:1-6)

Meditation (Psalm 1:1-6)

In our series on spiritual disciplines, we discuss how to read the Bible devotionally and how Scripture itself places great emphasis on meditation.

Preparing the Heart for Communion (1 Corinthians 11:23-34)

Preparing the Heart for Communion (1 Corinthians 11:23-34)

Preparing the heart for sharing communion begins long before a song we sing before the Lord's Supper.

Stewards of the Body (1 Corinthians 9:24-27)

Stewards of the Body (1 Corinthians 9:24-27)

From the time of the early church onward, Christians have struggled with a proper view of the human body. Gnostic thinking tells us that the body is evil and of no value. At the opposite end of the spectrum, the condition of the body can easily become an idol. We discuss how the Bible does not endorse either of these positions but instead teaches us how to value the body without overvaluing it.