Entries by Benjamin Leonard

Community-Wide Worship

“Missions exists because worship doesn’t…Worship, therefore, is the fuel and goal of missions. It’s the goal of missions because in missions we simply aim to bring the nations into the white-hot enjoyment of God’s glory.” – John Piper, Let the Nations Be Glad! As the people of God, we are called to worship God above […]

Restoring Joy: A Study in the Joy of Repentance

We are in a world broken by sin, with fallen bodies, and sinful people.  But we must be clear; our biggest problem is not outside of us but inside of us.  As we respond to life in a broken world, our hearts are revealed. Therein, we find sin lying to us, promising life and happiness but giving […]

Christian, Make the Most of Your Smartphone

It is no secret that there are dangers in technology.  However, the technology isn’t the problem.  Smartphones, computers, and other modern technology are merely tools.  Those tools can be used by our sinful desires to accomplish many evil things.  I believe that Tony Reinke’s new book, 12 Ways Your Phone is Changing You, is an […]

8 Refreshing Reads for Your Summer

Summer is here! We love summer because it is a time to get outside and get invigorated. Whether we find refreshment, at the river, in a hammock, or around the campfire, we know we need it, and we seek it during this time of year. One of the best ways you can refresh your soul […]

Treasure Map?

Three different people give you a treasure map; how you respond to those treasure maps will depend on your opinion of those people more than the map. If the first man is a hobo living on the streets begging for his next meal, you will probably think he is out of his mind. If believed […]

Murderous Decent: Sunday Rewind

Ever wonder how to become a murderer? Probably not, because no one ever sets out to be one. Rather, it is a slow unintentional murderous descent. While we may not have recognized it, last week we saw the beginnings of this descent as Mark showed the Pharisee point of view.

Fall Back, Come Early

We have a problem! You all love each other too much. Alright maybe you don’t love each other too much, but we do have a problem. On Sunday mornings, from 10:45 to 10:50, we have 5 minutes to finish our Training Groups (Sunday School, Membership 101, Foundations, Prepare, or Tread-In), check on our children, use […]