Two Services

Mt. Auburn Family, Did you hear the big news? The Stones Crossing Campus will be going to two services starting November 1, All Saints Sunday, which is a fantastic time to gather as the people of God. The new times will be: 8:30 – 9:30 a.m. – Traditional 9:45 – 10:45 a.m. – Children’s Worship Arts and all youth Sunday School 11:00 a.m. …

Adopt a School

Gleaners Food Bank is unable to support their Backpack Program in Johnson County. This means that children in need who had been given food to take home each Friday to keep them from being hungry over the weekend will not have that need met.  From the Annual Conference, Emily Krach, who is the chairperson for Children Matter Most, shared one of the goals being churches should …

A Holy Conversation – Shepherding

Join us for another Holy Conversation as we dive deeper into the shepherding function of the church. What does it look like to follow the example set by Jesus, the “Good Shepherd?” Watch the video below to hear Rev. John Wortinger and Rev. Jeff Buck explain their thoughts.

A Holy Conversation – 5 Ways to Evaluate Christ-likeness

Good afternoon Mt. Auburn family! Join us for a Holy Conversation on what it means to be Christ-like in the world today. We will explore five different ways you can be like Christ and how you evaluate each of these functions. Comment below if you have questions!

Trafalgar Update – June 22, 2020

We rented a large cabin in Southern Indiana for the weekend and swam and canoed and hiked.  Late Saturday night, my best man wanted to have a “serious talk” with me about marriage (not that he was married) and asked me to go for a walk around 11pm.  I remember taking a trail through the woods, each of us holding …

Stress is Profitable

James 1: 9-12 – Stress is Profitable It has been said that a Christian is like a tea bag: he is not worth much until he has been through some hot water. Hot water – stressful trials – can be profitable to the believer. James illustrated this fact with his descriptions of the person with poverty, the person with plenty, …

Stress is Purposeful

James 1: 3-8 – Stress is Purposeful Stress is purposeful. We can actually benefit from stress. To be specific, stress can help produce purity in our lives. James spoke of the “testing” of our faith that happens during stress. Peter used the same word to say that various trials test “the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than …

Stress is Paradoxical

James 1: 2-4 – Stress is Paradoxical James insists we should “count it all joy” when we face stressful trials of many kinds. Count it what? Joy? Surely, James has it wrong, we do not think of stress and joy in the same breathe. Yet, James insists upon this paradox! We are to counter stress with joy. Dr. Peter Hanson …

Stress Is Problematic

James says consider “various trials” to be “all joy.” James’ term for “various trials” is an interesting word in the Greek. The phrase can be literally translated as “many-colored trials.” Jesus knew not all trials are alike and that we all react to stress in different ways. Colors can symbolize our reactions. Some people’s response to stress is purple: they …

Stress is Predictable

James 1:1-2 – Stress is Predictable Notice that James does not say if you fall into trials, but rather he says when we fall into them. Experiencing stress is not an if; it’s a when. Stress is predictable: it is inevitable, inescapable, and unavoidable. Stress happens. You can read the Bible from cover to cover and nowhere will you find …