What Comfort Zone?

While visiting a brand new mall, in the new city we just moved to, in an unfamiliar state where we know no one—and in the midst of reflecting on the fact that within a six month period I’ve finished the last 28 hours of my bachelors, gotten out of the military, found out we’re having a baby girl, and am preparing to start seminaryI received this fortune cookie:

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I guess we’ve always got room to grow, eh?

Our 100th Post!!!

For our 100th post, I thought I would do something different. I think I should share part of the vision God has given me for the future.
The name Flat Hill Faith is a combination of two churches for which we have great respect. The “flat” part of our name comes from Flatirons Community Church in Lafayette, Colorado. Flatirons Community Church is very, very good at creating practical, down-to-earth messages. Some of their big theological tenants include:
  1. Me too.” At Flatirons, they do an excellent job of never talking down to anyone, no matter where they’re at. Because of this, people from all walks of life feel welcome and loved, regardless of their pasts.
  2. “Two deals on the table.” Flatirons is good at reducing complex situations into a simple formula:  Jesus or something else. They’ll say, “there are two deals on the table, Jesus or X.”
  3. Hard challenges. The teachers at Flatirons seem unafraid of any topic. I’ve heard them preach on sex multiple times, homosexuality, porn, adultery, and many other topics that lots of pastors seem afraid to touch. I hope that I will have the courage and moral integrity to preach on those ‘scary issues.’
  4. Grace and truth. One of their teachings—found here—will be foundational to me as a pastor.
The only thing I don’t like about Flatirons is that they usually stick to topical preaching. I’ve only seen them preach through one book in the last few years and that was Jonah, but they did a great job going through it!
In short, what I love about Flatirons Community Church is their ability to meet people where they’re at, to extend grace to the forgotten and marginalized, and their ability to challenge Christians to grow.
The “hill” part comes from Mars Hill Church in Seattle, Washington. Mars Hill is great at teaching theology. When I listen to Mark Driscoll preach on a passage or topic I feel like I’ve really learned a lot about it and can discuss it intelligently. They do an awesome job of making their content available online for free. They even have some books that are available for free as PDF’s, which I greatly appreciate. Like Flatirons, they are unafraid to discuss ‘scary issues’ that affect millions of people every day.
One of the things I like about Mars Hill is that they go through books of the Bible expositorily (e.g. verse-by-verse, chapter-by-chapter). For example, they have been preaching through Luke for almost two years now!
Both of these churches have many things in common, and they both have a lot of differences because of their different mission areas. They both do a great job of calling sinful people to repent of their sin and religious people to repent of their religion; and calling both sinful and religious people to turn to Jesus. They’re both great and they both do a great job of reaching their communities!
The goal of Flat Hill Faith will be to balance deep, sound, doctrinal teaching with a down-to-earth approach that always equips our hearers with the tools needed to live their lives and impact their cultures. If the Lord ever puts me in a position to preach, I plan on preaching through a book of the Bible, like Mars Hill, and then covering a topic that I think will be beneficial to the church, like Flatirons.
I hope that someday, God will make Flat Hill Church a place where people know they are welcome as well a place that does an excellent job of teaching and equipping Christians so they can make a greater impact on the world around them; for God’s glory and our joy.