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...

Who is Christmas For?

By: Alex Early on Tuesday December 19, 2017

The birth of the Son of God and his resurrection from the dead is presented in contexts that include a fat man delivering presents via reindeer and a rabbit dropping off processed sugary treats. Dylan was right. ‘The times are a changin.’   I’m not anti-Santa (though his whole...

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,...

Pray Like Children

By: Alex Early on Thursday October 5, 2017

Jesus said "Unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven" (Matt. 18:3).   Not theologians. Not missionaries. Not rabbis. Not church planters. Not millionaires. Not geniuses. Not famous. Not scholars. Not busy bodies. Not know-it-alls....

A Ragamuffin’s Prayer

By: Alex Early on Tuesday September 12, 2017

Yes I do. In fact, I expected worse out of you than you expected out of yourself.   Jesus, what if I don’t ever get any better? I’ll always love you.    Jesus, what if I do it again? We’ll cross that bridge when we get there. I’ve got a plan.    Jesus, what if I just...