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Archive for May 2012

What is the Meaning of Life? [VIDEO]

I really enjoyed the creative piece for “The Meaning of Life” message today, at the Old Mill and Online Campuses. It was shot in the Old Market, an area in downtown Omaha, NE. People walked by the whiteboard, and in their own expressive ways answered the question of “What is the meaning of life?”


Project 4:4 and the Book of Proverbs

In our current Solomon message series, we are covering material that isn’t ordinarily preached during a Sunday message. Last Sunday we covered Song of Solomon, and this Sunday we’ll cover Ecclesiastes.

You would think we would also have a message on Proverbs, but we chose to skip over the book with our Project 4:4 messages. One of the reasons was due to the Proverbs message series we had last year. We did a 10-part Proverbs message series in May, June and July, and then did another 4-part series in November. We thought we covered the book extensively, and it would still be relatively fresh for everyone.

If you’re looking for more resources on Proverbs, as we read through the book in our daily readings, check out the messages from last year.

Rummage Sale for AAA Center for Pregnancy Counseling

Below is a message from Andrea Carlson, leader of CCC’s Emerge group and volunteer for the AAA Center for Pregnancy Counseling here in Omaha. Emerge is a ministry at CCC led by young professionals between the ages of 25 and 40 years of age.


In response to the Double Your Impact campaign, Emerge organized a rummage sale to benefit Omaha’s AAA Center for Pregnancy Counseling. With your donations and support last summer, $1,800 was raised! The sale had exponential impact as all unsold items were donated to Bhutanese refugees, the Nebraska Children’s Home Society, and Lions Eyeglass Recycling Center. Emerge will be hosting a 2nd rummage sale to benefit the AAA CPC.


When: Friday, July 20 / 10 AM – 6 PM and Saturday, July 21 / 8 AM – 4 PM

Where: 1636 N. 107th Street, Omaha NE 68114
Donations for the sale can be taken to the above address on the following dates/times:

Saturday, May 26 / 9 AM – Noon
Sunday, June 3 / 12:30 – 3 PM
Tuesday, June 19 / 5 – 8 PM
Thursday, June 28 / 5 – 8 PM
Saturday, July 7 / 9 AM – Noon
Monday, July 9 / 5 – 8 PM
Saturday, July 14 / 9 AM – Noon

If you have questions about the sale, would like to arrange another date/time to drop off donations or need assistance transporting large donations, please contact Andrea Carlson / Thank you for your support!

CCC and Pinterest

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We have a Pinterest board up that is Christ Community Church related. We will continue to add to it, but if you want to repin some of your favorite messages series from CCC you now can. We’re working on a board of Lead Pastor Mark’s various accents he uses during messages. (kidding…sort of)

The Gay Debate with Guest Andrew Marin [RECAP]


This past Friday night, we were grateful to have Andrew Marin speak at Gathering. Andrew is the author of Love Is an Orientation, and heads up The Marin Foundation. The foundation’s aim is to build bridges between the LGBT community and the Church. Tim Perry and I have been looking forward to this event for awhile.

I had the privilege to hang out with Andrew before and after the event. He is a man on mission. He preaches what he practices. He loves the LGBT community like no other.

I was glad we could stream the event live at the Online Campus. We had over 90 people watching online, and another 190 people at the event. Here are my edited notes from the event. (To listen to it, you can listen/download the event on this page.) Later this week, I’ll post some additional thoughts about the event, and the relationship between the Church and the LGBT community.


Online Campus: Abby Anderson in Ukraine

One of the cool things with the Online Campus is connecting with people all around the world. Abby Anderson is one of those individuals for me. I didn’t know her before we launched the Online Campus, but now? I know her and a bit of her story. She serves in the Peace Corps over in Ukraine. She got connected to the Online Campus because a friend of hers posted about it on Facebook.

I asked Abby if she’d be willing to share some of her story, and the connection to the Online Campus. She graciously agreed, and produced this video. (Thanks Abby!)

Update from Carolyn Thorson on her Recovery

Carolyn Thorson is a CCC international worker who, while home in Omaha on furlough from her work in Gabon, fell and broke her left wrist and tore up her left knee. Here is the latest update from Carolyn.

Dear Family and Friends,

Last Friday afternoon I moved into my new apartment and have enjoyed being on my own again instead of the two months I was in the hospital or skilled nursing care center. I have home health care so still have had a nurse, therapists and a blood drawer come right to my apartment.

Last evening I joined in on a Thursday evening Bible study here in my apartment building. They were just starting a study of the book of Acts. This morning there is a “Wellness Clinic” in the community room with coffee, rolls, blood pressures taken and announcements. Perhaps a speaker. I’ll go down to that and then my Occupational Therapist is supposed to be here at 11am. Friends are coming to visit this afternoon.

On April 18th I had surgery to take off the external metal fixater that went from almost to my ankle to well above my knee. After the fixater was off a series of Xrays were taken of my knee. Last Monday, May 1st I saw one of my orthopedic surgeons. Xrays were again taken of my left knee. What a difference!!  My knee had begun to slip out of position again, particularly one bone had slipped backwards and outwards. This is because two of my knee ligaments had been torn when my knee went out of joint on March 5th. That day I was sent immediately to a brace store to get a new metal brace for my left leg. It allows my knee to bend but it is necessary to prevent my knee from going out of joint again. I wear it day and night.

I do not have much news from Gabon since I last wrote other than that the Nursing School continues and students are doing well. Please pray that many new candidates apply to the Bongolo Nursing School and that they take the entrance exam that will be held in August.

Thanks for your continued prayers, cards, calls and visits.

In Christ’s love,


Beyond The Message: Counseling (and Addressing the Stigma Associated with it)

In the latest Beyond The Message video, I sit down with Pastor Steve Walters to talk about the good that comes with counseling. One of the things we address is the stigma, and shame, that is often associated with it by people who are receiving counseling, or are in need of counseling.

To watch more Beyond The Message videos, click here.

Rock the Temple, CCC Music, and Create your own Psalm

This past Sunday, at the Old Mill and Online Campuses, we had services focusing on the musical aspect of worship. From all accounts, it was a fantastic experience for everyone. God was glorified through the diverse musical styles. (more…)