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8 Tips for Talking to Your Kids About the Sermon

August 07, 2016
Todd Johnson
At Hope Presbyterian Church, we desire for our children to be in our worship service - engaging, growing and becoming active participants in our community. But, as we all know, the sermon can be one of the most difficult parts for kids. So here is a great article from Pastor Joe Holland at our sister church in Culpepper. In this article he offers tips on how to discuss a sermon with your kids. Over time, these tips will help them develop a good framework to become good listeners and learners.

Reading Jeremiah

April 14, 2016
Todd Johnson
  As you know, we as a church are reading through the Bible in four years. (If you would like to join us, our current reading plan is on the last pages of the prayer devotional guide which can be downloaded here.) This week, we began reading Jeremiah. I thought it might be helpful to remind us of some of Jeremiah's context. Jeremiah 1:2 tells us that Jeremiah prophesied during the kingship of three kings of Judah (Josiah, Jehoiakim, and Zedekiah) and " until the captivity of Jerusalem". Though more could be said, here are four ...

More on Lent

February 19, 2015
Todd Johnson
Yesterday we began the season of Lent. And (just like last year) as Lent begins, so do the articles denouncing Lent begin to appear. Yesterday I saw one. It was from an outspoken evangelical bemoaning the fact that so many protestants are observing Lent. Rather than giving you a link to his article (and driving up his "hits"), I thought I would simply offer a few on my own musings about Lent. Why observe Lent? I could give you many reasons, but one that I come back to each year is the fact that observing Lent connects me to the church - the ...

So the Pastor Mentioned Sex....

November 10, 2014
Todd Johnson
Yesterday, in our series on Galatians we came to chapter 5 which lists the works of the flesh and includes words such as 'sexual immorality' and 'orgies'. Perhaps your child was reading along or listening to the sermon (two things we want to celebrate, by the way!), and they returned home asking about these words. What do you do? Though books have been written on this subject, may I suggest a few thoughts: Welcome all conversations and questions about sex and sexuality. God has given you the wonderful gift of a child and calls ...

Consider Our Story

October 27, 2014
Todd Johnson
Yesterday in the sermon, I alluded to an interview that I wonder heard with Dr. Larry Crabb. Knowing that those comments went by us all fairly quickly, I will re-post them here in case it is helpful. Crabb commented that people tend to mistakenly describe their lives in one of 4 ways: As a TRAGEDY, when we tell our story as ALL bad. Life is hard and difficult. If someone asks how we are, our mind immediately thinks of everything that is not well or that can be done better. We see ourselves as a VICTIM if we tend to see life ...

Daily Offices Intro

June 06, 2013
Todd Johnson
Have you ever played Dizzy Lizzy- the game where you spin around a bat, get very dizzy and then try to run in a straight line? Our postmodern American society is alot like taking a turn playing Dizzy Lizzy.  It disorients us, making our minds spin and tripping us up as we try to run the straight line after God.(1) That is, if you are anything like me, living in postmodern America, I find that - though I am incredibly productive and competent - I can make it through an entire day without thinking about God, his word or his call on my life. ...

Recalibrate: Why are we here?

May 30, 2013
Todd Johnson
Sometimes instruments and tools have to be recalibrated.  They must be corrected and carefully checked for accuracy.  The human heart is the same way.  Today was a day when my heart needed to be recalibrated. Today I have been struck with the calling of our church.  We are a church in Christ, for Crozet and western Albemarle.  This means that we are a church for our neighbors.  We want to love and serve our neighbors while we introduce them to the most wonderful man in the world - Jesus. Today, as I spent time with God, I had to confess ...

Lent

February 12, 2013
Todd Johnson
Tomorrow is Ash Wednesday. Tomorrow we begin the season of Lent. How are we to think about this season? That simple question has a long answer. (The answer is too involved for this blog post.) But may I offer a few quick thoughts? 1. No Christian must observe Lent. God is pleased with us because of Christ and his work. Observing Lent is not a legalistic ritual that binds us or makes us 'more pleasing to God'. 2. But observance can be useful. The above statement, "No Christian must observe..." can be applied to a multitude of practices....

Satisfy

November 05, 2012
Todd Johnson
If we are all honest, we wonder if God is pleased with us. We wonder if his disposition toward us is favorable? Is he satisfied? Our English word "satisfy" comes from two Latin words - satis ("enough") and facere ("to do").  This is why true Christians have often talked for a reason about a "satisfaction view" of Christ's work on the cross.  Jesus "did enough." Christians rejoice and stand in a favorable, loving relationship with a holy, righteous, and perfect God - not because we have "done enough" - but because Jesus has "done enough" ...

Forgive....

November 01, 2012
Todd Johnson
Perhaps you expected to see an article on the forgiveness of God.  If so, sorry to disappoint you.  Instead this is a plea that you forgive our construction.  We are trying to figure this website, blog and other content out.... But it will require patience.

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