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.
Families bring us our highest highs and our lowest lows. Jesus was born into the bittersweet complexities of a human family. If you've ever wondered if God knows the struggles of family life, the answer is yes. Discover the bonding power of family life.
God is right here. Closer than you ever dreamed--as near as your breathing. He's waiting to be touched. That makes prayer so simple. All Adam has to do is lift a finger. Any time, day or night, you can too.
As America has become more secular, the city can seem less welcoming than rural areas. But the truth is that Christianity is more at home in cities than in any other setting. Perhaps like no other time in Christian history, first-century New Testament life strategies for work and love and truth and sex have relevance and instructional power for us today. Christianity has always been an urban faith.
Is there a more definitive symbol of summer fun than sand? Images of sand evoke dreamy thoughts of lazy afternoons, languid walks, and sounds of children laughing. But sand isn't just for escaping. It is also the environment for some of God’s deepest wisdom and understanding. What can the many characteristics of sand teach us about how to follow Jesus?
Jesus’ movement is not doing well these days. In many places where his name appears, Jesus’ people lack their founder’s passion. Where do we go to get it back? Let’s go to the source—the person of Jesus. Watch Jesus’ dazzling people skills as he loves people and makes them believe there is actually a God who knows us. Take a walk with Jesus. Would you have followed him?
Each year, the church celebrates the day Jesus entered Jerusalem to people waving palm fronds, which was an honor given to a king. People thought he was coming as a conquering hero to overthrow Roman oppression and establish a new rule. But Jesus had a different kingdom in mind.
How fitting that the author of the phrase “be doers of the word” was James, Joseph’s biological son and Jesus’ half-brother. Both Jesus and James grew up in Joseph’s carpenter’s shop, and carpenters tend to be practical people. Like his father, James was about tools. James helps us learn the craftsmanship of faith. What are the practices we can apply daily to create a life of true beauty and excellence?
Every day we face spiritual choices. We want them to be minor, but they're not. What if life is actually a great, cosmic struggle between good and evil? The good news is a victorious life is available to each of us, if we put on the full armor of God.
A person’s ability to sustain a commitment to a value or a behavior isn’t based on feelings, which wax and wane, but on a deeper sense of devotion. When you’re devoted to something, you build your life around it. These spiritual disciplines might also be called spiritual devotions.
Artists by the thousands have endeavored to capture on canvas the faces and gestures of the characters in the original Christmas story. Look at key moments in the gospel birth narrative through the eyes of great works.