Why Church Planting?

When the Anglican Church in North America began in 2009, our first archbishop, Robert Duncan, called for 1,000 churches to be planted in five years.  Between 2009 and 2014, the ACNA planted roughly 475 churches were planted; not exactly 1,000 but still a mighty work of God.  Holy Spirit Anglican Church was started in January 2010 and was one of the first few churches that were numbered as a fulfillment of the call.  We started as a church plant, and church planting has been in our blood ever since. Continue reading

Spaces to Encounter the Lord

The season of Lent offers us many opportunities to respond to the Lord through various practices and fasts.  However, hearing the reading of Matthew 6 on Ash Wednesday, one realizes how easy it is to make a good spiritual practice all about us.  Doing so alters the practice.  Instead of being a tool to open up our hearts to hear the word of God and accept it, self-centered practices harden us to the Lord.  As a way to counter that temptation, we have two opportunities during this season which are designed as places to simply receive the word. Continue reading

Ash Wednesday

“Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.”

With these ominous words, the priest imposes ashes on the foreheads of worshipers on Ash Wednesday.  Ash Wednesday begins the season of Lent with great solemnity.  Its most prominent feature is the marking of our foreheads with ashes in the shape of a cross.  Continue reading

Lent: The Season of Tilling

On Wednesday, March 6th the church enters the solemn season of Lent.  These forty days (not counting Sundays) leading up to Easter have a long and varied history of observance in the Christian church. At Holy Spirit Anglican Church our corporate focus will be on how this season can produce good soil in our hearts as we seek to hear and respond to God’s word. Continue reading

On Holy Ground: Urbana 2018

Every three years, InterVarsity Christian Fellowships hosts a transformative mission conference called Urbana.  The conference was originally hosted at the campus of the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, but outgrew that facility.  Since that growth it has been held in St. Louis, MO.  During the four days of the conference, between ten and sixteen thousand college students gather to study Scripture, hearing speakers, and attend workshops all directed at equipping them to be world changers on mission for the sake of Christ.

This year, Ian Bernados, a member of our congregation, attended Urbana along with fellow students and staff from InterVarsity at San Diego State University.  Here’s what Ian had to say of his experience: Continue reading

Why Membership?

In his New York Times bestselling book, The Benedict Option, author Rod Dreher comments, “a tree that is repeatedly uprooted and transplanted will be hard pressed to produce healthy fruit.  So it is with people and their spiritual lives” (65).  Dreher goes on to commend a portion of an ancient rule of life, the Benedictine rule, which had monks take a vow of stability, which meant they would stay in one monastery for their whole lives.  Continue reading

An Invitation to Go Deeper!

This winter, Kasi and I were able to go to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon and experience the breathtaking views of God’s creation. No picture can capture the beauty and sheer size of this canyon. And what struck me was that this canyon was formed by a consistent water source. In a similar way, human beings are being formed by consistent habits and actions whether positive or negative. One of my favorite passages in all of the bible reminds us that the company we keep has significant consequences.

 

“Become wise by walking with the wise; hang out with fools and watch your life fall to pieces.” (Proverbs 13:20 Message Translation)

 

Formation is extremely important, but grossly undervalued in our culture today. Continue reading

The Six Peaks Challenge

You’re invited to come and ascend the summit of South Fortuna Peak in Mission Trails Regional Park on Saturday, February 9th at 9am.  We’ll meet at the parking lot at the intersection of Jackson Drive and Mission Gorge Road.  The hike is rated as moderate.  Be sure to bring sun protection and plenty of water.  For more information on the trail, see the park’s trail map.  You can also read a blog post which summarizes the hike here.

Why are we doing this?  Continue reading

Unapologetic – Defending the Faith

Do you ever feel unsure why we, as Christians, believe what we believe?  Have you ever had someone ask about your beliefs, but you didn’t know how to answer?  It’s not always obvious, even to ourselves, why we believe certain things; for example, could you explain to your neighbor why Christians believe that Jesus is the only way to God or give reasons for believing that the Bible is the Word of God?  We don’t have to be experts, but the Apostle Peter tells us, “Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.  But do this with gentleness and respect.” (1 Peter 3:15). Continue reading

Exploring the First Testament

As Christians we have a Bible that comes to us in two parts, called ‘testaments.’  We call them testaments because they are witnesses or manifestations of the person and plan of God.  While for many Christians the older of these two witnesses is often neglected, Jesus held that it was of vital importance.  These 39 books form a witness to him (see Luke 24:25-27, 44-45; John 6:39‑40).  And even after Jesus’ ascension, this first testament was the authority to justify the claims that the early church made about Jesus.

On Sunday, January 13th we’ll begin a six week course in which we’ll study the first five books of the Old Testament, taught by Fr. Brian.  Over the course of this time, we’ll survey what is in each of these books, how they are structured, and how they function as a witness to the God we meet in Jesus Christ.