Culture Shock… and a culture in shock.

From Josh Armstrong: Any American that has traveled to a foreign country with a culture radically different than the one they are used to has probably experienced the psychological phenomenon known as culture shock. As my wife Amanda and I were talking about the effect of the coronavirus on people’s mindsets, it struck Amanda that previously rational people are acting …

vineyard maryville hires a worship pastor!

We are so excited to announce that we’ve hired David Hawkins to be our new Worship Pastor at Vineyard Maryville! He begins, officially, on April 20th. Please be praying for David and his family, as they are planning a cross-country move at a VERY odd time! David grew up mostly in the Midwest, which is where he met his wife, …

Worship services moved online

In accordance with our Governor’s strong recommendations, the guidance of the CDC, and in consultation with trusted medical professionals, we are not currently gathering in our building. We believe this is both wise and appropriate. We deeply love our city–that’s why we meet! Under these circumstances, however, we can serve our city best by not meeting. Looking ahead, we will …

C.S. Lewis, about looming threats

A timely word from C.S. Lewis, written years ago about the atomic bomb. The words work for the situation and fear in front of us today. Do not let us begin by exaggerating the novelty of our situation. Believe me, dear sir or madam, you and all whom you love were already sentenced to death before the atomic bomb was …

Just Be

Americans are action-oriented people. If we are not doing something, we feel as though we have failed, or that the day has been unsuccessful. The coronavirus epidemic is frightening, stressful, and can be a catalyst for great anxiety. It can also be seen as a great gift. What if we come close to touching the face of God during these …

TIPS FOR COPING WITH ANXIETY AND STRESS

Fear has a way of doing some really gnarly things to us and in us. Often, in times like where we are now, fear brings out some of the worst versions of us and often leads to anxiety and stress. These things, they feed on uncertainty and uncertainty is freely able to be found during our current reality with COVID …

Shared Space

We miss seeing your faces! Join us on a video call (you can leave the video off, if you prefer!) every Thursday at 8am. Every Thursday at 8am Pastors from Springbrook venue will be hosting a time of encouragement, connection and prayer. This should work on almost any web-enabled device. But, it will work much better if you download the …

When the world goes mad…

I think one of the most important things we can practice when the world goes mad is to remind ourselves, each day of good things, true things. When so much is in flux, it is so important for us to carve out intentional time every day, multiple times a day, to remind ourselves of the things that haven’t changed because …

Disease of old, 2 Kings 5

Coronavirus is scary. There was another scary disease in biblical times. Leprosy was like cancer in reverse. Instead of eating you from the inside-out, it ate you from the outside-in. There’s a story in the Old Testament about a guy named Naaman, and he had this deadly disease. Naaman had led the Syrian army on a raid in an Israelite …

What Now?

The threat of COVID-19 looms large, and wisdom dictates that we not meet in large gatherings for a while… so, now what? We’re improvising, to be sure–but here are a number of things that are already in the works: We will gather for worship online on Sunday mornings, at 10am. We are setting up an online platform which will allow …