Willow Creek Leadership Summit 2014

A week from today Willow Creek kicks off their 20th annual Global Leadership Summit. My wife and I have attended many of these summits over the years, and are pumped up to watch next week’s summit at Bethesda Lutheran Church in Eau Claire via satellite. If there’s ANY possible way you can make it, I urge you to join us at Bethesda or at one of the many satellite locations hosting the summit Aug. 14 and 15.

Willow Creek Community Church Founder and Senior Pastor, Bill Hybels

Willow Creek Community Church Founder and Senior Pastor, Bill Hybels

 

“Such Were Some of You” Looks Really Powerful!

June 5th on FP my guest for the full hour discussing his book “Love Hunger” was David Kyle Foster. Amidst the powerful interview on overcoming sexual addiction, including his days as a male prostitute, Foster talked about his new documentary movie. Well it’s out and it’s called “Such Were Some of You,” a two-hour documentary designed to equip church leaders and laity in how to more redemptively minister to homosexuals. Having seen the trailer, I can’t wait to see the whole thing! Watch the trailer yourself right now and tell me what you think. Who wants to be the FIRST church to bring it to the Chippewa Valley, and La Crosse and all over the state?
It begins with people on the street vs biblical experts like Dr. Michael Brown, Dr. Robert Gagnon, and Dr. Neil T. Anderson. Then it moves into interviews with more than two dozen former homosexuals (led by Dr. Julie Hamilton) who talk about how they developed homosexual attraction, what the gay lifestyle was really like, how they came to Christ, and what God has done since to bring healing and change to their lives.

Available to screen in churches and conferences, it also comes on DVD in two versions: a Regular Edition and a Leader’s Edition (that contains a discussion guide for use in Sunday School classes, home fellowship groups, support groups, seminars, counseling sessions, etc.)

An invaluable discipleship tool that the Church has needed for generations.

What the Bible Says About Marriage

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This past Friday, Wisconsin became the 15th state in the last year alone to have its marriage protection amendment overturned by a federal judge. With this in mind, I thought it might be helpful just to look and see what does the Holy Bible actually say about marriage:

Genesis 2:18-24………………..Marriage is God’s idea
Genesis 24:58-60……………….Commitment is essential to a successful marriage
Song of Songs 4:9-10……………Romance is important
Jeremiah 7:34………………….Marriage holds times of great joy
Malachi 2:14-15………………..Marriage creates the best environment for raising children
Matthew 5:32…………………..Unfaithfulness breaks the bond of trust, the foundation of all relationships
Matthew 19:6…………………..Marriage is permanent
Romans 7:2,3…………………..Ideally, only death should dissolve marriage
Ephesians 5:21-33………………Marriage is based on the principled practice of love, not on feelings
Ephesians 5:23-32………………Marriage is a living symbol of Christ and the church
Hebrews 13:4…………………..Marriage is good and honorable

Heaven Is For Real

The Easter season has arrived, and a variety of new films introducing Christian topics and themes have come with it. One highly anticipated movie comes from the NY Times bestseller list, “Heaven Is For Real“. The story of 4-year old Colton Burpo, who, as the book explains, went to heaven but returned to earth with all manner of heavenly knowledge.

Heaven is for real

The film includes Greg Kinnear as Colton’s father, who himself struggles to believe his son actually went to heaven. However, he is convinced when Colton begins to impart knowledge that could only be revealed to him by God. With the introduction of the topic of Heaven, there is bound to be criticism from both the secular and spiritual sides. Some are wondering if the film is biblically sound, if this idea is being used solely to turn a profit. The fact that the book made the NY Times bestseller list shows that Christians and non-Christians alike are interested in the idea of life after death. What are some thoughts on this topic? Some of Hollywood’s outpouring of “Christian” films of late aren’t biblically sound, but this story seems to follow the gospel message closely and could be ideal for those “seeking” the faith.