Bursting The Bubble Of The Christian Sub-Culture

By: Mark Etheridge When you walk into a Christian bookstore, you’ve probably noticed all of the “Christian” merchandise the store offers. Perhaps you were even surprised at what all they did offer. As you make your way up and down the aisles, you will notice a variety of t-shirts, CDs, books, bumper stickers, or even some “testamints.” It’s really the Christian hub for any good Christian who wants to separate himself from the world and demonstrate to his lost friends that he is a “real” or “sold out” follower of Christ. Or is it? Many of the things I’ve listed … Continue reading Bursting The Bubble Of The Christian Sub-Culture

3 Thoughts about Sharing your Story

Sharing your story is important. Some of you who grew up in a more traditional culture probably refer to this as sharing your testimony. If you look at Scripture, you find many stories of ordinary people who were used in amazing ways by God. Their stories live on a thousand years later. Every person has a story, and we must share our story, and there is a good chance it influences the people who hear it. Since coming to Jacksonville, I have given a couple of opportunities to share my story. Here are a few thoughts on sharing your story: … Continue reading 3 Thoughts about Sharing your Story

Benefits of a Simple Church

I have grown up in a very busy church. I have been accustomed to a Sunday morning, Sunday school, Sunday evening, and  Wednesday evening services for the week. Then  the bulletin is also filled with event information as well. I grew up being at the church at least 6 days a week. 6 months ago, I moved to Jacksonville, Florida to help with a multi-site church plant. We chose to create a simple church atmosphere. This is much different from the culture that I grew up in. Neither are wrong, but let me share a few benefits with you about a … Continue reading Benefits of a Simple Church