St. Augustine: The Pear Thief

By: Alex Early on Thursday April 26, 2018

St. Augustine, (354-430 A.D) the Bishop of Hippo (North Africa, Algeria) was no exception. Prior to his conversion to Christ, he lived a wild life, indulging the flesh in every way. Writing book two of his legendary “Confessions”  his mid-40s, he reflects on his teenage years back when he...

Silence in Seattle

By: Alex Early on Tuesday April 10, 2018

Silence in Liturgy Nearly every week in our corporate worship gatherings at Redemption Church we intentionally place a time of silence into our liturgy. Yes, a moment of to be completely silent, with no agenda before Almighty God. Why on earth would we do this? Isn't church already the most...

Going On and On About the Love of God

By: Alex Early on Thursday March 1, 2018

Questions about whether or not I’m being faithful to the entire witness of Scripture pop up, and I find myself giving the same answers again and again. I thought it might be helpful to put a few thoughts down here. Burned Believers First, I’m unapologetic about being so brazen with my...

Jesus: Friend of Sinners & Saints

By: Alex Early on Thursday January 18, 2018

JESUS: FRIEND OF SINNERS In two places in the gospels (Matt. 11:19 and Luke 11:34) we read that Jesus was a “friend of sinners.” Jesus introduced an upside down Kingdom and part of the upside down-ness is the fact that he befriended the last in line, the least of these, the not-good-enoughs,...

Three Keys to Authentic Friendship

By: Alex Early on Tuesday December 26, 2017

Love is the Ground A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity. – Prov. 17:17 When Solomon speaks of friendship, he does not speak in terms of economics, contracts, or score-keeping. He doesn’t think of competition or nit-picking. He uses the language...

Why and How to Go to Church

By: Alex Early on Tuesday November 28, 2017

However, after serving as a pastor over the last ten years, I’ve seen that it’s the simple things that matter. Just as Jesus emphasized the power of faith even as small as a mustard seed (Matt. 17:20, Luke 17:6), a simple thing like a lack of church participation will grow into...

Friendship: Escaping the Squirrel Cage

By: Alex Early on Thursday November 16, 2017

(Part One of the is series can be found here.) Finding and maintaining healthy friendships really isn’t on the priority list for most Americans. Getting an education, a job, a home, and so on are the essentials while meaningful friendships (the ones that progress beyond happy hour) are...

Friendship: Real Wealth

By: Alex Early on Thursday November 2, 2017

This week we learned a few things about what Solomon has to say about the ever so important subject and experience of Friendship. Friendship is a gift that God has given to humanity and obviously isn’t something unique to the Church alone. Regardless of faith, age, race,...