The Once Bright and Morning Star

The Once Bright and Morning Star Job 1:6-12   A Complicated History of the Devil The earliest biblical accounts connect God with a Divine Assembly.   In an effort to explain suffering, humans believed that, within his court, God designated an accuser of humanity.   “ha satan” = hebrew for “the accuser” used for humans […]

Pastor’s eNote: October 17, 2014

Hey Capstone! Last week, we finished up our series Making Sense of the Bible. I’m excited to report that 177 people experienced Capstone on a Sunday over the course of this series, making it the largest series we’ve ever done (by the numbers). Additionally, you gave enough money to provide 47 Bibles through Samaritan’s Purse […]

The Bible and Sexuality

The Bible and Sexuality Matthew 13:24-30   Genesis 19:1-11 Leviticus 18:22, Leviticus 20:13 Judges 19:16-24 Romans 1:18-32 1 Corinthians 6:9-11 1 Timothy 1:8-10 Revelation 21:8     This is bigger than right and wrong. For some people, it’s life and death, knowing God or not.   The Right Question “Can someone who is gay or […]

Violence, Suffering, and Other Troubling Issues

“Violence, Suffering, and Other Troubling Issues” Psalm 62:1-4, 10-12; Matthew 12:33-35   God’s nature includes love and justice. It is not troubling that violence exists in the Bible, but that it is mandated by God. Exodus 22:20 Deuteronomy 21:18-21 Exodus 21:15 Exodus 35:2 Leviticus 20:10 Deuteronomy 22:13-21 Joshua 6   How to Accept these Passages: […]

The Bible and Science

“The Bible and Science” Romans 15:4   The Bible is the story of God’s relationship with humanity, written by those who knew Him best. The first 11 chapters of Genesis are archetypal, teaching universal truths of what it means to be human.   Genesis 1 : The Elohist Account God is the heavenly and all-powerful […]

The Nature of Scripture

“The Nature of Scripture” John 20:30-31; 2 Timothy 3:16-17   Theopneustos = God-breathed, winded, spirited Types of Inspiration Inspiration leads to transformation. Inspiration leads to illumination. The Bible is the story of God’s relationship with humanity, written by those who knew Him best.   Two Ways of Thinking about the Nature of Scripture Divine, Inerrant, […]

FaithWork Opportunities, and Somebody Sit in the Splash Zone!

Hey Capstone! I’m sitting here on Friday morning with a full heart. It’s one of those mornings where I’m wildly thankful for you all. This week has been a wonderful testimony to what God is doing in this church. Last Sunday, we had the largest non-baptism Sunday in the history of the church, even including […]

Making Sense of the New Testament

Week 2 of Making Sense of the Bible Luke 1:1-4; John 20:30-31; Matthew 22:37-40   The New Testament is a library of gospels, letters, and historical accounts that reveal how the early church was shaped by Jesus.   Something Old, Something New   Law/Torah                              ——>                         Gospels                                      Each gospel has it’s own audience, tone, […]