Finding connection in a world of destruction
Experience the miracle again. Through music and message, the wonder of God’s incredible love in the baby Jesus shines on that Holy Night. Worship at Peachtree this Christmas.
In the Christmas season, it is so easy to get wrapped up in the first great miracle of Jesus: the Incarnation, God taking on flesh and becoming human. But followers of Jesus can’t unwrap the Incarnation without remembering that what is coming is the next great movement of God: the Crucifixion and Resurrection.
On October 31, 1517, a young monk and professor posted a list of interesting discussion topics to the local social media of his day, the door of the church. Today, we recognize Martin Luther’s “95 Theses” as a hinge on which all of history turned. What really happened 500 years ago? Why does it matter? Is the Reformation still going on now?
Some approach Christianity with suspicion and skepticism. A greater number glance at Christianity, shrug their shoulders and ask “So what?” The Apostles' Creed gives us a succinct summation of our core beliefs, but do we really believe them if we never turn the corner and ask how this impacts our lives?
One thing we know about in Atlanta: detours. Roads we have counted on to get us from one place to another close (or collapse?!), and we are forced to find new routes. The life of faith involves detours as well; the ways we thought things would work out turn out to be blocked—but with God, “Plan B” turns out to be amazingly grace-filled.
Celebrate the passion of Jesus, from the triumphant entry into Jerusalem to the shame and suffering of the cross, to the glory of resurrection morning.
The book of Jonah is much more than a story about a man who went overboard and ended up in the belly of a whale; it’s also about the way God goes overboard to show his love to the world. Join us as we look into the book and listen to God’s heart!
From the middle school lunchroom to the city’s finest restaurant, authentic community blossoms when we gather around tables together. God's Spirit uniquely dwells in the moment of table fellowship, and something wonderful begins to develop. This is no longer virtual community. It's real and it is what we all hunger for.
When an archer draws his bow, he begins by looking behind and pulling from his quiver. He then draws back the bowstring, takes aim, and looses the arrow. The Christian life is similar. Looking at the legacy of those who came before and our own spiritual journey, we are poised to look to the future and aim to honor him with our lives.
There are times when we want something, and as much as we hope, and pray, and long for it, when it finally comes true, we just can’t believe it is real. The people of God longed for the Messiah—and when Jesus came, he was all that had been promised—even to us: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, and Prince of Peace.
Throughout his earthly ministry, Jesus used parables to convey deep truths about the Kingdom of God, God himself, and his followers. These simple stories reveal a richness and depth that, at first glance, may escape the hearer. But each parable says something eternity-revealing and spur us into action.
Blue skies, sunny, 80 degrees. There’s a good chance that the morning forecast in heaven is perfect. Here on earth, though, we get freezing rain and all sorts of calamities. Storms in life are inevitable. The first response may be to cry out in fear. But if we have ears, we may discover a surprising peace, a deeper wisdom, and a more binding love.
Sometimes a night is just the end of a day. But sometimes, it’s more: night can bring darkness and loss, or relief and peace. Nights are when we stop moving and consider life. The story of God’s people is full of great nights, when conflict peaks, when people explore big questions, and when lives are lost and won.
In 1899, a magazine editor named Louis Klopsch thought, ‘What if there was a Bible with the words spoken by Jesus printed in red ink?’ Since that eureka moment, generations of Christians have benefitted from the words of Jesus in typographical relief. His words in red print begs a question: Who is this Jesus? Will we let his words change our lives?
When it’s all finished, what will you have? Pictures on the wall and days you’d take or leave? Or will your life be worthy of a celebration? Through Jesus, our life is not dust, but a set of beautiful things that builds, serves and changes lives of those to come.
Any visit to your doctor comes with a look at your vital signs. These essential metrics are a window to the state of your physical health. What if you could take a measurement of your spiritual vital signs? The catch is that the body we measure is not just our own, but the one to whom we belong as Jesus followers— the body of Christ at Peachtree.
New years are for beginnings. As we set goals and make plans, there is no better starting point than the first one. The one true beginning is what theologians call ex nihilo—God’s creation, out of nothing. God owns it all because He made it all. Nothing we create could ever be as much ours as this creation is God’s. The implications include every area of life.
It's easy to get caught up in the rush and then wake up after the holiday and realize that the real Christmas has passed us by. Some people miss Christmas. Others find it. It depends on where you look and what you see.