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Missions and Purpose in the Church

by Mike McDowell

“The purpose of Christ Community Church is to make known and promote the worship of God in obedience to the Great Commission and the Great Commandments.”  This statement is a one sentence summary of Article II of CCC’s constitution and it embodies what I think is the heart of God’s desire for the church.  We [...]

Maintain the Wonder

by Leo Barnes

Here is a great set of resolutions, not for losing weight or getting in shape, but for continuing to cultivate wonder and awe no matter what age you are: Clyde Kilby’s Resolutions for Mental Health 1.) At least once every day I shall look steadily up at the sky and remember that I, a consciousness [...]

The Gospel and Homosexuality

by Eliel Rojas

I have a friend in Mexico who went on vacation with his family. It happened that when he and his family were at the beach, there were some ladies there also. The ladies were prostitutes. My friend grew up in a rough area in Mexico. He has a heart of compassion and can identify easily [...]

The Moral of the Story

by Ken Langley

This may be the shortest blog I’ll ever write.  No need to spell out “the moral of the story.”  I’ll leave that to you. On a beautiful spring day, biking past Central Junior High, I saw a kid wearing a winter hat – one of those big, colorful sock hats with the little ball on [...]


by Jon Wiziarde

What do you call … Twenty-seven hundred square feet of aged pine? A crumbling foundation that buckles inward like an octogenarian’s knees? Damp plaster expanses with varicose cracks revealing age? Asphalt shingles curled by the relentless heat of the Kansas sun? What do you get when you take an inert structure, fill it with a [...]

Forgotten Voices

by Leo Barnes

Sometimes the topic of a blog seems like something out of left field.  You find yourself reading what has been written simply because you haven’t gotten over the shock that the blogger is actually addressing an unexpected topic.  You find yourself thinking, “Why has no one blogged about this before?” This isn’t one of those [...]

Are You Making a Difference by Sherry Surratt

by Ken Langley

Most of the thoughts in this blog are originals from your pastors – “out of our minds.”  This week I offer you a guest blogger, Sherry Surratt, CEO and President, MOPS International.  For a couple of reasons.  MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) is a CCC ministry I’m proud of, so this piece doubles worthwhile food for [...]

“Passivity to Aggression?”

by Eliel Rojas

Sometimes we get the impression from Mathew 5:39 that we are to be passive to aggression. In this passage Jesus said: “But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also” (Mathew 5:39). But his passage is teaching that we [...]

Joy In The Theater of Spiritual Growth

by Leo Barnes

I was 21 when I first heard the words “Zion Passion Play.”  They emitted from the mouth of a girl I was just getting to know.  As we strolled through the streets of Chicago, she went on and on and on about this play as though it were the single greatest theatrical production in the [...]