Consumer Christianity, Part 1

This past week, someone asked me how to reconcile the American phenomenon of “big church” with the New Testament call to discipleship.  At the core, this question was about whether large churches are really discipling people or just churning out Christians who want to be entertained and catered to. In my opinion, large churches aren’t very…

7 Reasons Why Inviting People to Church Matters

We know:  it can be awkward to invite someone to come to church.  And churches that constantly tell you to invite people can come across as needy and self-serving.  But there really are some important reasons why we should all be inviting others to come to Ridgeline.  Here are 7 reasons that the Ridgeline staff came…

What was Jesus doing 2000 years ago today?

As I write this, it’s Wednesday of Holy Week or Passion Week, the week leading up to Easter Sunday.  In some traditions, today is called Ash Wednesday.  Tomorrow is Maundy Thursday…then there’s Good Friday, etc. Have you ever wondered what Jesus was doing on each of these days almost 2000 years ago? The specific timing…

Bandwidth: making room for what matters most (new message series)

Everyone’s busy.  Too busy, right? I was listening to a podcast the other day about time management (cause I’m too busy, too) and the guy said “we all have time to do what we choose to have time to do!”  Do you buy it? I’m not sure I do.  I mean, I know what he’s getting…

Why this series is called “The Rest of the Story”

We’ve called our current message series on the Gospel of Mark “The Rest of the Story.”  That might seem like a strange title, but there’s a very good reason for it: The Gospel of Mark was most likely the first of the four Gospels to be written and it was written to a Roman audience who already…

Translating Mark 8:16

by Craig A. Smith, Ph.D. There are two major variants when it comes to translating Mark 8:16.  One variant, represented in the NIV and KJV, translate it something like this: And they discussed this with one another, saying “it is because we have no bread” The other variant, represented by the NAU and the ESV,…