Posts by Josh Fenska

Posts by Josh Fenska

A Few First Steps Toward Re-Gathering

As we look forward to the process of re-gathering, I wanted to write out a few steps for us to consider. (We have sent around a couple of videos which have a little more information on a few of these points; you can find them here and here.) A Few Things to Consider While re-gathering is our goal, it’s very important to remember that this is going to be a process. There’s…

Question: Was Christ Forsaken?

“My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” is what David cried about 3,000 years ago (Psalm 22:1). Famously, Jesus cried out these exact words of Psalm 22:1 while he was dying on the cross (Matt. 27:46; Mark 15:34). The question arises: was Christ really forsaken? There is a profound sense in which the answer is “Yes.” There is also an important sense in which the answer…

Spreading Smiles to Seniors

In these unique days, families in our church have opportunities to spread smiles to seniors. Many of our senior neighbors and health-vulnerable neighbors have less contact with friends or loved ones than normal. Families in our church family can help spread smiles through delivering drawings, or Scripture verses, or handwritten notes to seniors around us. Perhaps there…

Pandemic Lessons from Church History

A lot of things are changing these days. As the coronavirus continues to spread, things look very, very different than even just a week ago in our culture, in our daily lives, and in our church. However, Jesus is not frightened or confused by what’s happening. This is very new to all of us; but it is not new to Jesus or the church. How has the church survived…

Stay Up to Speed with Redeemer

On Sunday March 22 we are planning a video broadcast (instead of our regular gathering), so we can be strengthened by God’s Word even in the midst of the current health crisis. Our deacons are also cooking up some great strategies for how we can care for one another well and demonstrate the love of Christ in our community. We will send around more information in the…

Some Ideas for Sunday March 15

Well, with a change in plans for Sunday March 15, we want to recommend a few things that you might choose to discuss in your home or with some friends from your church family. If you have a small worship huddle in your home, these three elements could work really well—with a variety of ages or group sizes. Obviously, feel free to adapt these ideas for the people present.…

Update: We Are Canceling This Sunday

Here is the headline issue: we will not be gathering together at Plank Jr. High this Sunday. We sent out a communication earlier this week about the spreading coronavirus. Since then several factors have developed, leading to our decision to cancel our gathering this Sunday morning: The very rapid spread of this virus Governor Pritzker’s guideline that gatherings…

A Letter about Coronavirus

Update on Friday March 13: This situation is developing rapidly, even since the letter below was published. We will no longer be gathering this Sunday. Please check back in the coming days for more information.   Church family, As you are aware, there are increasing concerns about the spreading coronavirus, especially as there now are confirmed cases in the Chicago…

Praying Together for Iran

A few weeks ago, Luke Bray led us in thinking about the heart of Psalm 67: “Let the nations be glad” (Ps. 67:3). While we are learning more about global missions (it’s not too late to join the Missions Discipleship Course!), and exploring how we as a church can be more involved in God’s global plans (especially in our partnership in Cambodia),…

2 Samuel Sermon Series: Broken & Beloved

This autumn, we’ll follow the epic story of King David in 2 Samuel. As you probably know, David is a Beloved King. Actually, his name literally means “beloved.” God’s people love him. More importantly, God loves him. But what about his relationship with Bathsheba? What about all of the violence? What about all of the chaos that surrounds his life,…

Acts 29 Global Gathering 2019

Two weeks ago, Katie and I were at the Acts 29 Global Gathering in Orlando, along with Josh & Kimberly Anderson and Kyle & Coleen Gennicks. We came home much more excited to be involved in this church-planting network. Here are a few of the things I found energizing: 1) We saw more clearly than ever that Acts 29 truly is a diverse and global church-planting…