All tagged Empty Church

As Seen On Sunday: Be Anxious For Nothing

I’ve recently started a new job and nerves have been kicking my butt. Not worry, but the anxiety that sits deep within the stomach and is not linked to thoughts. If I wasn't starting a new job, I wouldn’t even have known why I had it. So what do people typically do in comparable situations? “God help!” And thats what I did. I asked God to help me do this.

The Case for a Boring Faith

Could we be reducing our precious faith to an entertainment addiction?

Just because Netflix gives us the power to salaciously select anything to satiate our craving does that mean we need to approach every facet of our life with a search for thrills and chills?

The need to "feel something" is a dangerous seductress.

She woos us and beguiles us into believing that if we are not moved to the emotion we have not had a meaningful spiritual experience.

But following the trail from one spiritual mountain top to the next can be easily likened to a heroine junky looking for his next fix or a sex addict yearning for her next orgasm.

Tithing Sucks

Since this is our "off" week between series and we can write off topic, I wasn't quite sure what to write about at first. Then I decided why not write about something that I'm struggling with because maybe someone else is struggling with it too. Tithing sucks. 

Talk Faith Recap: August 26, 2016

The Talk Faith recap gathers the week's best from the Empty Church crew and gives you the resources to talk about your faith with your friends and family. If you missed anything or are looking for a great link to send to a friend to introduce them to Empty Church this is the one you want to send!

As Seen on Sunday: The Ghost in Our Bones

The Holy Spirit - or the Holy Ghost, as some may reference, is often the most misunderstood member of the Triune God. His power and influence is either overly diminished or unashamedly abused for the corrupt benefit of man. I suppose the same could be said of the other members of the Triune God as well, but the historical incarnation of Jesus and the Old Testament Yahweh as Father are offer an easier grasp on their being and role. The Holy Spirit is present through out all Scripture but he is less a character in the narrative than the one that makes the narrative move forward. He isn't even the narrator of the book as he seemingly settles for well-timed cameos. 

But let's not be fooled. The Holy Spirit is in many ways the most intimiate member of the Godhead for he is the one that dwells in us. In many ways, he is the Ghost in our Bones. 

Talk Faith Recap: August 19, 2016

The Talk Faith recap gathers the week's best from the Empty Church crew and gives you the resources to talk about your faith with your friends and family. If you missed anything or are looking for a great link to send to a friend to introduce them to Empty Church this is the one you want to send!

This week we get ready for Sunday by approaching the person and the power of the Holy Spirit - the most misunderstood and misappropriated member of the Triune God. Shy away from the controversy? Who? Us?

Talk Faith Recap: August 12, 2016

The Talk Faith recap gathers the week's best from the Empty Church crew and gives you the resources to talk about your faith with your friends and family. If you missed anything or are looking for a great link to send to a friend to introduce them to Empty Church this is the one you want to share!

Talk Faith Recap: August 5, 2016

The Talk Faith recap gathers the week's best from the Empty Church crew and gives you the resources to talk about your faith with your friends and family. If you missed anything or are looking for a great link to send to a friend to introduce them to Empty Church this is the one you want to share!

Christ Is Not Enough

Christians want to say that Jesus is not enough for people who go on vacation and are gone on Sunday, but the problem with this mentality is that we make assumptions about people based on things we can see verses what we cannot.

To Die Is Gain

I think about death a lot. I believe that I have struggled with depression for over 10 years and there have been plenty of times where I thought it would just be better for be to be dead. to be honest, I often want to just give up. I often do not want to be alive anymore.

“Go and sin no more.”

Self control must be an important character trait to have since it is a reoccurring theme in the Bible and is a fruit of the Spirit. Jesus talks about sin pretty often. He forgave people of their sins before healing them and he even told people to stop sinning, but is sin a self-control issue? Maybe.

Christians Don't Care About The Church, Why Should I?

We have all heard the age-old saying that you can’t help others until you help yourself. Christians need to take note of this. You (Christians) can’t help others until you help yourself and your fellow Christians. This week we discussed whether or not Christians can not go to church and still be part of the Church. We also talked about how going to church doesn’t mean you are part of the Church. If the ultimate goal of a Christian is to get people to know Jesus, shouldn’t they all be a part of the Church before trying to reach other people?

I have not left The Church

Anyone can call themselves a Christian. Practically anyone can call themselves a church. Anyone can go to a church. It’s really not that hard to pretend you are a Christian: you just say that you are one. No one bats an eye if you never go to church. Besides killing someone, everything else is pretty much acceptable by this generation. So the people who DO go to church HAVE to be Christians right? Apparently not.

Who’s your daddy?

Fathers get a bad rap and when they show up to church on Father’s day they get reprimanded for any shortcomings they might have. It becomes pick on fathers day rather than honoring them; this is a day to remember all the good things they do not to put them under the microscope.

What is Wrong with the Church?

Over the last 30 years, my life has somehow continuously circled around the question, "What is wrong with the church?" Now, of course, it is not usually presented in question form. It is usually addressed in declarative statements from grizzled clergy and beleaguered churchgoers. The "You know what is wrong with the church today..."  argument dentate forcefully appears and is concluded after the airing of sharp grievances about the worst parts of the church. 

I am here to settle this debate once and for all. I have the final answer to what is actually wrong with the Church. 

But first...

💔 The Brokenhearted

I am Sean and I have a broken heart. But is my heart broken for the right reasons? As I have given this some thought, I have come to believe even if my heart isn't broken for the wrong reasons, it might not be broken for the right reasons.