Pastor Joe's Blog

  • God's voice from His word gives us great clarity about who we are.  God's definition of who man is is our greatest hope for racial reconcilation and justice, understanding our sexuality, and our overall purpose of to serve God's purposes and serve one another. 

  • What mattered to Pilate was not truth, but whatever was expedient to the group of people before him.  Another word for this is tribalism.  Tribalism basically says that a person’s loyalty is first to their race, religious sect or political party.   Tribalism limits its view of truth to the culture and laws of men, rather than the truth of God’s word.  It is horizontal in its scope.

  • There is a lot of confusion within our culture about what the church actually is.   Some think it is just a building or organization, it is not! Others think it is a place where religious services are held and given out, it is not!  The word church in the Bible comes from the Greek word, ecclesia, which literally means a public assembly which is called out.  Ek, meaning out of, where we get the English word exit from, and clessia, which means, called out.  It was a word originally used when a town meeting was called in ancient Greece, when a local magistrate or mayor would call out the people.