Sarah Wells | October 1, 2012
The romantic language used to describe our relationship with God makes us uncomfortable. As a female, it isn’t as much of a stretch for me to imagine dancing in a field of flowers with Jesus, or, like in another worship song we sing, drinking from the cup in Jesus’s hand, laying back against his chest and feeling his heartbeat. I understand wanting to be romanced by the King of the ages. But this depiction of our relationship with God isn’t where I usually go first; I am more comfortable right now for whatever reason with God the Father-figure rather than God the lover of my soul. And my husband, well. He’s a guy.
David Sherwood | November 21, 2011
What is your love language? Your spouse? Your co-worker? Your roommate?
David Sherwood | November 4, 2011
Sunday's sermon on sexuality broke the church's silence on a hot topic, part of the Hot Potato Series at 5 Stones Community Church. Here are some additional resources:
Sarah Wells | July 14, 2011
Maybe you are like me, looking for proof beyond a reasonable doubt.
Sarah Wells | July 4, 2011
I've approached the Bible many different ways since becoming interested in Scripture and God. My first attempt at reading the Bible began in Genesis and ended shortly thereafter in Leviticus. As a teen, I tried without success to find the section of the Bible where Thanksgiving prayers were located.
Christa Kalisz | May 2, 2011
On Sunday, April 10th I sat in awe of God. This was not the first time and it won’t be the last, but it was a crisp, clear moment of admiration, compassion, and complete joy.
Sarah Wells | April 9, 2011
I've been feeling some anxiety lately, that nasty little bug of an emotion that crawls in between your sheets each night, wriggling around so that all you can do is focus on it and where it might wriggle to next.
Sarah Wells | January 24, 2011
I'm having a hard time writing this blog because I want to sound cool. This is the trouble with confession - the idea is to humble yourself, not justify every little pip and squiggle. So here it is: your church service has revolved around one person for the last six months: me. I know you must feel so deceived - all along, I bet you thought you were there to worship God the Father and Jesus Christ his only begotten Son, but nooooo, it has all been about me. And most of the time, I haven't even been there to experience your glory and honor and praise.
Sarah Wells | January 10, 2011
The word on everyone’s lips at the beginning of a new year is “resolutions” – what do you resolve to do differently in the new year?
Mallorie Miller | December 13, 2010
I've been thinking a lot about RISK recently. I have been asking myself the question, "Do I take risks or do I play it safe?" I am working through the Tangible Kingdom Primer (with an amazing group of people - shout out!) and the Scripture meditation for this week was about Abraham.
Christa Kalisz | December 8, 2010
Looking back, I can hardly believe that a year has passed. It seems that just a short while ago a devoted servant of God asked me to take a step in the direction of a fully devoted follower; to take the time out of my life to volunteer in the lives of the children of my church.
Jody Thomae | November 9, 2010
Throughout my prayer life, certain prayers have risen above the rest and have stayed with me. I repeat them—again and again. Not as mantras or route prayers, but as real prayers...
Sarah Wells | October 20, 2010
Without the sustaining power of community and relationship with other believers to encourage us in our walk, all we’d have is a pile of cheese, croutons, cucumbers, and dressing. We need lettuce.
Sarah Wells | October 13, 2010
God makes three promises here: He is with you. It is HIS battle, not yours. He is more powerful than whatever it is you are facing.
Michelle Conti | October 12, 2010
Learning to let God romance me? Easier said than done.
Jody Thomae | October 4, 2010
A Meditation on Psalm 19 The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth...
Sarah Wells | September 22, 2010
This fall, I am doing this crazy thing: I am taking off every Friday. That's right people, four-day work week until 2011. There are two huge payoffs to this schedule.
Nate Bebout | September 12, 2010
Around 1440 AD a revolutionary device was invented that would completely change the world. It was the printing press and it radically shifted the way human beings gathered ...
Michelle Conti | September 7, 2010
So... I'm a senior this year. Weird. Last night at service planning Dave started talking a bit about when he first met Nate and how crazy it is to think about how much...
Nate Bebout | September 2, 2010
I love shows about our planet. Whether it's the Discovery channel's mind-blowing series "Planet Earth" or the more recent documentary "Life" or even the ever popular, old school PBS show "Nova" ...
Sarah Wells | August 25, 2010
How many truths of God are written on your heart? For how readily available the Scriptures are today in print, I cannot say that they are readily available on my tongue, in answer to others struggles, concerns, or worries. As I go about my daily tasks at work and at home, there are countless times when I wish I could pull up that one thing that I remember reading once or twice about this particular issue, and oh, how it would be encouraging or helpful! Montel Jordan just can't help me out here.
Sarah Wells | June 8, 2010
Several weeks ago I found myself an hour away from home after a medical procedure wearing office attire, no change of clothes and no makeup.
Josh Sumpter | May 30, 2010
I saw that one student had left a fairly large comment. Now usually it is the youth leaders that teach the students, but I was humbled as one student poured out his heart - writing about how God is working in his life.
Josh Sumpter | April 21, 2010
Everyone seems like they have it together. Church becomes equated with the "good" place, while everyone else and the world is "bad." The reality for many people is that the church is a cold place for broken souls.
Josh Sumpter | April 6, 2010
One of the reasons that I began attending 5 Stones was the focus on being missional in the community. (This is not supposed to be an advertisement, but it may be...) Check it out.
David Sherwood | March 13, 2010
Absolem, a hookah smoking 3 inch caterpillar in the new “Alice in Wonderland” movie asks Alice a simple but profound question: Who are you?
David Sherwood | March 5, 2010
We knew it would happen eventually. Frankly we thought it would happen far sooner and in far greater quantity than we have seen to date. But we knew The Shack was edgy enough to prompt some significant backlash, which is why so many publishing companies didn’t want to take it on at the beginning.
Sarah Wells | February 8, 2010
In preparation for our book discussion on The Red Tent in February, I'd like to walk through the biblical account of the marriages of Leah and Rachel and what happened in Shechem. I think it will be interesting to look at this account vs. what is given by Anita through Dinah in The Red Tent, and consider these stories as they relate to us today.
Josh Sumpter | February 6, 2010
Two days ago the weather man said we would get 1-2 feet of snow. I laughed. The snow laughed back as it fell all night. And so here I am today, exhausted. Why, you might ask?
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