I TORE THE MINISCUS on my left knee in my sleep. Yeah, in my sleep. The ortho said that this was not uncommon for someone my age. Yeah, my age. I’m 61. People die at age 61.

Ernest Hemingway killed himself, as did Anthony Bourdain–at 61. Infamous mobster John Gotti died of throat cancer while Ma Barker died in a shoot-out. Benito Mussolini was also shot to death. At 61.

I turned 61 last March and I now wonder if the coronavirus might do me in. Or walking up the stairs. Or pizza. Now, it’s my stupid knee. I tried to tough it out, but it was way painful. I’m scheduled for surgery tomorrow. Please pray for me. Will I live to see 62?

Since coronavirus hit, 1 in 3 professing Christians don’t go to church anymore. Barna researchers identified a few types of churchgoers in this unique era of digital Church:

• Christians streaming their pre-COVID-19 church online

• Christians streaming a different church online

• Christians who have stopped “attending” church altogether.

Hebrews 10:23-25: Remember, "Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching. Read the report here.
I don’t assume that everyone knows why we do what we do here at our church, so, in the beginning of my 6 th year at Community Church of the Hills, I'll explain why we do what we do.

I cover briefly, our order of service, the type of worship we strive for, why I preach the way I do, and, what we expect from you.

When asked why we do things here, I hope you’ll never hear, “Because we’ve always done it that way.” 

(30 min.)