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Heartburn and broken bread

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I don’t know about you, but life in coronatine is…different! There are many funny and many sad memes and articles online about our current lives of social distancing. And if we’re not careful, we could let it all drive us crazy. So what do we do? Our passage this coming Sunday in Luke 24 has the answer! In the midst of life shattering events we’ll see two guys going through the motions. We’ll see them so preoccupied with life and sorrow that they don’t even recognize Jesus. But there are signs that they missed.  Jesus will bring them back to […]

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What if this pandemic is a precursor to revival?

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Good morning church family! I wanted to write a message to update y’all after yesterday’s “weirdness” and offer another perspective on what is happening with churches around the country. Yesterday thousands of churches around the country broadcast or live streamed their services. The feedback I’ve received from other pastors around the country so far show a much broader audience than most thought possible.  For example, as of this writing around 9 Monday morning, TCBC had 358 online “views” of our English service and 84 online “views” of our Chinese service. While I realize that Facebook counts a “view” as anything […]

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TCBC Coronavirus Response #4

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Good morning everyone! We’re continuing to monitor the coronavirus situation here in Tucson, and hope you are doing well! Please let us know if you need anything! As I mentioned earlier in the week, TCBC will be live streaming only for this coming Sunday. I hope you can tune in to our Facebook Live Stream at  https://www.facebook.com/tcbcf/  at 9:30 for English or 11 for Chinese! Who can you invite to join us from where they are? Many friends or coworkers who would never come to church might be willing to tune in for a live stream. Let’s get the word out!  In […]

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Resurrection hope

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These are interesting times. Troubling times. Annoying times. And if we’re not careful, we can let the circumstances get the best of us. I remember a story Howard Hendricks told about a conversation he had with a professor while he was a seminary student. The professor asked Howard how he was doing, and Howard replied, “pretty good under the circumstances!” To which the professor replied, “What on earth are you doing under those?” I think the professor’s point was, as believers we’re not called to live “under the circumstances.” We’re called to live beyond them. We’re called to live with […]

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TCBC Coronavirus Response #3

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Hi everyone, I wanted to send an email and then also give you a livestream update on our plans moving forward. Let me address a few of our upcoming events first, and then talk about plans for our Sunday services. First of all, if you haven’t heard by now, the VBS training scheduled for this Saturday the 21st at Mountain View Baptist has been postponed until a later time.  We’ve also suspended the Wednesday morning Chinese Bible study until further notice. Friday activities will also remain cancelled.  The spring picnic scheduled for the 28th has now been officially cancelled.  Please let all those […]

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TCBC Coronavirus Update #2

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Hi everyone, Many of y’all are probably wondering what we as a church need to do in light of all the concerns about coronavirus. At this point we plan on meeting as normal with a few modifications. I’ve outlined some of those changes below. Sunday modifications During our services on Sunday we’ll ask people to spread out and sit in every other row and every other seat. We have enough space in our sanctuary to make that possible! We are postponing the greeting time until further notice. The offering plate will be placed on the front table instead of being […]

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March 20th Bridges Hotpot POSTPONED, and Coronavirus update

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Greetings everyone, In light of the current coronavirus situation, and in coordination with the Bridges staff, we’ve decided to postpone the Bridges hotpot event originally scheduled for next Friday, March 20th. If the situation improves we might still have the hotpot towards the end of the semester. Or we might look ahead to hosting this event in the fall. We are monitoring the situation regarding coronavirus carefully, and this Sunday the church council will be talking in more detail about other events and meeting times for the spring. This is a time for caution, but not fear. This is not […]

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Clear answers to crazy theories

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There are many crazy theories about what happened to Jesus. Last week we saw the often repeated idea that He’s still dead. In the Bible we see that His enemies tried to convince other people that the disciples came and stole the body so they could start a new religion. We hear that one today too.  Other lies going around say that Jesus never actually died. He just “fainted,” but woke up once He got in the cold tomb. Or maybe it was just a “symbolic death” or “spiritual death” but not an actual death.  This week as we finish […]

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62: Killing God

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2020-03-08 Jesus in the real world 62: Killing God Luke 23:56-43 26 And as they led him away, they seized one Simon of Cyrene, who was coming in from the country, and laid on him the cross, to carry it behind Jesus. 27 And there followed him a great multitude of the people and of women who were mourning and lamenting for him. 28 But turning to them Jesus said, “Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me, but weep for yourselves and for your children. 29 For behold, the days are coming when they will say, ‘Blessed are the barren and the wombs that […]

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Agreeing with Nietzsche

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Would it trouble you to know that your pastor agrees with Nietzsche? It probably should. But it’s not what you think! Nietzsche famously said: “God is dead. God remains dead. And we have killed him. How shall we comfort ourselves, the murders of all murderers? What was holiest and mightiest of all that the world has yet owned has bled to death under our knives: who will wipe this blood off us?” I agree with SOME of what Nietzsche said, but not all of it! How about you? This Sunday we’re going to look at Luke’s account of the crucifixion from Chapter […]