Winston Churchill once said, "We shape our buildings; thereafter they shape us." The same is true of our words. Once we begin to use a word in a certain way, it shapes our very thinking on the subject. In this first of a series on worship, Greg Wheatley, music director of New Covenant Church in Naperville, shows us that Christians trapped in musical emotionalism too often ascribe to music a power that is reserved for the Spirit Himself.
In the latest edition of my podcast, The Day After Sunday, you'll see that idolatry wasn’t a problem only for pagans “way back when.” It remains a serious issue for us in the West—even Christians who claim God as their King. I think it’s safe to say that if we had lived back then, we would have been just as guilty as any pagan of this sin.
Here are nine reasons why.
The father of the prodigal son didn’t settle for an arid relationship based on restitution. Instead, in grace and mercy, he ran to meet his dirty, dusty, and defeated son, and he threw an elaborate welcome-home party. When we come to our senses and return home to God, we receive the same extravagant grace. Listen as Pastor Chris Castaldo shares the encouraging message, "When Your Sins Are Egregious."
Like Ezekiel, we step into the suffering of humanity with eyes wide open, but we don’t stop there. We believe that bones can live. Crazy as it sounds. Indeed, "foolish" according to the apostle Paul; yet, it's true. The most tentative and enfeebled Christian has the power to speak life into dead bones. Why? Because Jesus Christ swallowed up death.
There is one thing on which most Christians today agree–we need genuine gospel renewal. Faced with a rising tide of violence, moral perversity, and a growing sense of personal despair, we recognize our fundamental challenge is not political or social; it is spiritual. In view of these challenges, join us for this episode of The Day After Sunday where Chris Castaldo and Greg Wheatley discuss the constituent elements of a gospel legacy, looking specifically at the ministry of College Church in Wheaton, which continues to bear fruit among us.
Following the tragic deaths of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain, a new cultural conversation about suicide has begun, an important topic that is too often avoided. Join us for this episode of The Day After Sunday, where Greg and Chris address the subject.
It's been said, the most frightening piece of real estate on the face of the earth is the two square feet of space behind a pulpit where an indvidual proclaims the word of God. This is why Charles Spurgeon ascended to the Metropolitan Tabernacle pulpit quietly affirming: "I believe in the Holy Spirit. I believe in the Holy Spirit...." Against this backdrop, Chris and Greg consider the vital importance of the Holy Spirit's work in our lives.
The word strikes fear into the human heart: "evangelism." And yet we find Jesus saying to his diciples in Acts 1, "You will be my witnesses...." It's not that we simply do witnessing, but from the center of our being we are called to emanate the light of the knowledge of Jesus Christ. Join Greg and Chris in this episode to learn what it requires to be a gospel witness in this current moment of history.