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Thursday are for Theology - The Resurrection

March 31, 2016 | by: Paul Ortlinghaus | 0 Comments

Having just celebrated Easter/Resurrection Sunday, I thought I'd share three things related to the doctrine of Resurrection.... Keep Reading

Speaking the Gospel to Yourself

February 25, 2016 | by: Paul Ortlinghaus | 0 Comments

Here are several verses to use - what is often called "speaking the gospel to yourself - as you unpack the implications of the amazing promise from Romans 8:1: "There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus."... Keep Reading

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Thursdays are for Murmuring

January 14, 2016 | by: Paul Ortlinghaus | 0 Comments

Usually when I post on Thursday the title is “Thursdays are for Theology”, followed by some specific area of theological study (for example “Thursdays are for Theology: The Doctrine of Election”). This Thursday is for murmuring. Yes, murmuring. The Bible calls us to murmur. Murmuring sounds like something we ought not to do... Keep Reading

SOMA, let's grow in loving God in 2016

January 7, 2016 | by: Paul Ortlinghaus | 0 Comments

Jesus said that what matters most is loving God. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. - Matthew 22:37-38 To put it simply, the best way to grow in our love for God is to spend time alone with Him. How do we spend time alone with Him? B... Keep Reading

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Thursdays are for Theology - Reformation Day

October 29, 2015 | by: Paul Ortlinghaus | 0 Comments

Reformation Day is the observance of the events of October 31, 1517. On that day, Martin Luther, an Augustinian monk, nailed his Ninety-Five Theses to the church door in Wittenberg, Germany. Buy why? ... Keep Reading

Thursdays are for Theology - The Doctrine of Election

October 8, 2015 | by: Paul Ortlinghaus | 0 Comments

For this week's Thursdays are for Theology post I'm going to cheat by having you read a blog post from Tim Keller. On Sunday we conclude our Church Like We Mean It series with a look at being "An Evangelistic Church." Stated simply, to be an evangelistic church means to be a church that proclaims the good news of the work of Jesus Christ (through h... Keep Reading

The Church exists as both a divinely created organism and as a human run organization. The balance between the two is difficult to maintain. This is critical if we will be and do "church like we mean it."... Keep Reading

Thursdays are for Theology - Unity in Essentials

July 30, 2015 | by: Paul Ortlinghaus | 0 Comments

When it comes to what we believe at SOMA, one important truth is that we strive for "unity in essentials, dialogue in differences."... Keep Reading

First Fruits Update

June 10, 2015 | by: Andrea Blake | 0 Comments

This week we have a guest post on the Pastor-Elder Blog. __________ At the end of last year, SOMA selected a few people to form a “First Fruits Team”. The point of this team is to discuss and prayerfully consider how SOMA can tithe 10% of all church giving in a way that helps ministries, both on a domestic and international level, as ... Keep Reading

God's good word to us - the Bible - is utterly amazing. Psalm 19:7-8 describe some of these amazing aspects of God's self-revelation.... Keep Reading

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