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Fresh investment breathes new life into Neighborhood Church community

“God always does the hard work of renovation,” says Nate Hamblin, pastor of Neighborhood Church in Adrian, Michigan. So when Neighborhood Church inherited the Church of the Good Shepherd building on East Beecher Street after the two congregations became one last fall, it is no surprise God provided the means to renovate the building. “If [...]

June 29th, 2017|

Mirror, Mirror

Mirror, mirror on the wall, would my neighbor miss me at all? It’s a question worth asking. If I were to move, would my neighbors see that as a loss? Would they notice? Worse yet, might they be relieved? Especially for those who follow Jesus, it is important to think through what type of neighbor [...]

June 27th, 2017|

THE PSALMS: PRAYERS THAT TRANSFORM

No matter where you are in life you can find yourself somewhere in the Psalms. Whether it is despair or praise, waiting or celebration--the Psalmist knows what you feel. This gift of finding someone else expressing our own internal turmoil or joy helps us express more clearly the chaos and longings colliding within us. Any [...]

June 20th, 2017|

The God Who Neighbors

People have all kinds of mental images of God.  God is our Father.  He’s our Shepherd.  He’s our Counselor, Provider, Protector and the list goes on.  But have you ever stopped to consider God as Neighbor?  Listen to how the apostles John and Paul describe Jesus. So the Word became human and made his home [...]

May 2nd, 2017|

Your Local Tax Collector

Neighborhood Church  Several times in our teachings lately, we have come across someone called a “tax collector.” For many of us, we immediately think of the IRS or are reminded that tax season is right around the corner. For this reason, we often stress in our teachings that “tax collectors” weren’t exactly winning the local [...]

February 28th, 2017|

Growing Small – Neighborhood Church, Adrian

As Neighborhood Church, we get to be “questionable” in a number of enjoyable ways. But one question we’ve come across more and more lately is: “Do you plan to eventually meet as one big group only, or will you keep these smaller gatherings?” A perfectly good goal for any church is to grow bigger and [...]

December 27th, 2016|

Is there any?

Written by Caleb Barrows, planter at Neighborhood Church in Adrian, MI Any Christian is kidding themselves if they don’t experience bouts of “what-the-heck-is-this-Jesus-thing”. Even a quick glimpse at the Psalms (the emotional boxing ring in Scripture) shows the Psalmist questioning God almost as much as he praises him. This can make for a pretty rough [...]

September 6th, 2016|

When It’s Hot

Written by Nate Hamblin, planter of Neighborhood Church in Adrian, MI It’s August.  It’s going to be hot.  If you’re like me, when the heat rises your top priority is finding relief, usually spelled–AC!  But there are times when air conditioning isn’t an option.  I attended an outdoor wedding a few weeks back on the [...]

August 10th, 2016|

No Worship Service?

Written by Nate Hamblin, Planter at Neighborhood Church Question: The Spirit compels you to enter a new city to establish a new expression of Christ’s church. Where do you start? Or more accurately, with what do you start? Answer: A worship service, of course. In the words of Lee Corso, “not so fast my friend!” [...]

May 31st, 2016|

A Fellowship of Differents

Written by Caleb Barrows In his book by the same name, Scot McKnight makes the case that the church is best understood as a fellowship of differents. He uses the illustration of a salad. You can cut up all your veggies and serve them on a platter, but what you really have is a veggie [...]

April 19th, 2016|