3 Things You Should Know About Easter

3 Things You Should Know About Easter

It’s that time of year again, when Cadbury Chocolate Eggs are sold by the millions and the History Channel starts airing a year’s worth of planned specials repackaging the same “shocking” and “newly-unearthed” claims riffing off of the same tired themes popularized by Dan Brown in The Da Vinci Code. With so many confusing messages about what Easter is all about, it’s no wonder we so easily miss the very reasons our broader society universally recognizes it as a holiday (even if many do not believe those reasons). As a helpful reminder and refresher, here’s why Easter is such a big deal for Christians…

Spring Sermon Series

While I don't remember the first fantasy novel my dad handed to me, that's mostly due to how many dozens (if not hundreds) I devoured growing up. I vividly remember (in 4th or 5th grade) standing up the textbook we were supposed to be reading on my desk, and stealthily opening my new copy of The Horse and His Boy by C.S. Lewis behind it's protective screen. I remember it so well because, as it turns out, I was not half as ninja-like as I imagined and it was confiscated by my teacher just a few minutes later.

We're Hiring: Worship Director (Part-Time)

We're Hiring: Worship Director (Part-Time)

Our much-loved founding worship director, Colin Stell, will be stepping down May 2017 to focus on family and a growing career. Thus, we are looking for a musically-gifted leader to grow and develop a team of musicians to lead us in worship on Sunday Mornings. As a part-time role in a quickly-growing church plant, we need a self-starter comfortable with ambiguity, creative risk-taking, and enthusiasm to work as part of a very close, tight-knit staff team. To apply...

IF:Gathering - Lafayette

IF:Gathering - Lafayette

The Table is excited to host a location for this year's IF:Gathering, an annual two day gathering in Austin, Texas and simulcast all across the world in local homes, churches and communities. IF:Gathering is when we collectively come together to wrestle with essential questions of faith and encounter God in a way that allows us to be unleashed to give Him away... (Click for more)

Christmas Customs, Part 2 :: Waffles & Strawberries

Christmas Customs, Part 2 :: Waffles & Strawberries

For as long as I can remember, I’ve had waffles and strawberries on Christmas morning. Come hell or high water, not matter what else we did that day, we always launched the morning with this diabetes-inducing feast of carbs and sugar. Some years my dad made the waffles from scratch, others we just popped the Ego’s in our toaster (truthfully, I generally preferred the latter). It is a custom that...

Christmas Customs, Part 1 :: LIGHTS

Christmas Customs, Part 1 :: LIGHTS

We all have our holiday traditions and Christmas customs. Some are handed down through the generations, others are sparked afresh in that moment of beautiful inspiration. But how do they point to Advent and the birth of Jesus? During Advent, we’ll have a few stories and examples of how the customs and traditions we use to celebrate, sometimes unthinkingly, can be powerful ways of explaining the beauty of Christmas to our friends, family and children this Advent season. What are your traditions? How do they point to the birth of Jesus 2,000 years ago?

A Pastoral Reflection on the Election

A Pastoral Reflection on the Election

As a pastor, I cannot tell you how agonizingly difficult it is to avoid (even accidentally) binding consciences, while also speaking Truth with Love in the midst of controversies so desperately needing (and lacking) in both. How do I serve our people and equip them with the Truth of God's discomforting Love, all the while checking my own unseen assumptions or finite perspectives at the door? Where is the line between prophetic truth-telling and complicit, silent agreement? I honestly don't know how to answer these questions, and anyone that says they have a simple one is either foolish or lying.

Faith & Politics: The Case for Civility

Faith & Politics: The Case for Civility

You could hear the pressure of asking the last question at the 2nd Presidential Debate in the trembling of his voice. Karl Becker was no doubt aware that millions of viewers, who had endured the almost 90 minutes of schoolyard cut-downs and tit-for-tat, were already fed up with the circus. No matter their respective answers, his 26-word question was, by far, the strongest statement made that night...