To Livestream Or Not To Livestream?
by Jason Berl on September 30th, 2021
Before Covid and 2020, our church recorded sermons and made them available online. During 2020, we began live streaming our services on Facebook and Youtube. Lately, our leadership has been considering the pros and cons of live streaming our worship gatherings. I’m writing this blog to share some of our thoughts and to help our church and anyone who will read this think about the pros and cons of ...
Community Groups Ain't All That
by Josh Maloy on March 5th, 2021
If you’ve been around Sojourn for any length of time, you’ve heard us talk A LOT about community groups. Every February and August we seek to launch new groups. Throughout the year we are actively trying to get new people plugged into existing groups. Groups here. Groups there. Groups this. Groups that. Groups. Groups. Groups. What’s the point of all these groups?Full disclosure: community groups ...
1 Month (Social Media) Sober
by Jason Berl on January 28th, 2021
I’ve been social media sober for almost a month, and for the last few weeks I feel more joyful, peaceful, and present than I have in quite some time. During the end of 2020, I found myself drawn to my phone like a moth to a flame. I’d go from Facebook to Instagram to Twitter and back around again. I’d notice myself reaching for my phone or wanting to reach for my phone even while in conversations ...
The Story Of The Song: “His Mercy Is More”
by Josh Maloy on January 15th, 2021
But where sin increased, grace abounded all the more. (Romans 5:20)These powerful words from the Apostle Paul are the springboard for this magnificent song. Co-writers Matt Boswell and Matt Papa use this gospel concept to highlight the grace and mercy of our God that overwhelms the massive heap of our sins. This is such good news for sinners like us. Let’s think about it for a moment.The truth is ...
Bringing Clarity To The Confusion Of Christmas Songs
by Josh Maloy on December 11th, 2020
It’s that time of year again where the band starts rolling out the ever-adored Christmas tunes. This is always a bittersweet time for me each year. It’s sweet because so many of these songs are bursting at the seams with rich theology and potent gospel proclamation. Yet, the bitter part of the equation is simply the fact that we only get to dust off these gems a few weeks out of the year. It’s sti...
God Is Our Refuge And Strength: Reflections During The COVID-19 Pandemic
by Josh Maloy on March 18th, 2020
Psalm 46:1-3God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea,Though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble at its swelling.The psalmist begins by making some incredible statements about who God is. He is our refuge: our security, our safety, our sta...
Six Ways to Help When Your Friend's Marriage Is Wrecked By Adultery (Adultery - Part 6)
by Jason Berl on August 6th, 2016
If you have a friend that is going through an affair, you can be a huge help and blessing or a source of further pain and heartache. I want to share with you the type of friend that I hope and pray surrounds those I am counseling through affair recovery. These principles may be broadly applicable, but I am specifically thinking about how to be a good friend to the faithful AND unfaithful spouse ...
Is It Weak To Stay With Your Adulterous Spouse? (Adultery - Part 5)
by Jason Berl on August 5th, 2016
“I feel so weak. If I were strong I would leave him/her. If I don't leave my spouse, does that mean I am weak and needy?” I often hear words such as these when walking with a husband or wife whose spouse had an affair. Let me be clear! You are not weak for seeking to work towards healing, reconciliation, and trust in your marriage. It takes strength to forgive, grieve, have hard healing conv...
Four Steps To Recovering Your Marriage After An Affair (Adultery - Part 4)
by Jason Berl on August 4th, 2016
“What in the world do we do now? We are not prepared for this.” That is what I typically hear in the first counseling session after an affair is confessed or discovered. Understanding the basics of what it takes to recover from an affair may help you empathize with a friend, or it may help you have a clue where to start if you ever find yourself in affair recovery. Having counseled couples after i...
Four Ways To Fight Adultery Before You Are Married (Adultery - Part 3)
by Jason Berl on August 3rd, 2016
If you do not begin fighting infidelity until you have already begun an inappropriate relationship, you have started the fight too late. I would even argue that if you start to fight infidelity on your wedding day, you have started too late. There are healthy patterns you can establish before you say “I do” that can give you and your future spouse increased confidence that you will be faithful t...
Two Signs You Are About To Have An Affair (Adultery - Part 2)
by Jason Berl on August 2nd, 2016
Helping couples fight for their marriages through the excruciating pain of adultery has been one of the greatest privileges of my life. That being said, I would prefer for the affairs to never have happened. There are many signs that you are in danger of having an affair, but I've noticed two that are almost always present and reasonably easy to discern. Please know that I am sharing this to lovin...
Why A Blog Series About Adultery? (Adultery - Part 1)
by Jason Berl on August 1st, 2016
It is hard to get up-to-date and accurate statistics on adultery, because many affairs are probably not discovered or reported to questionnaires. However, many researchers suggest that adultery affects more than half of all marriages nationally. For this reason and more, I am writing a series of blogs about adultery. I plan to release one blog each day this week. “Well, definitive numbers are...
Why A Blog Series About Adultery? (Adultery - Part 1)Two Signs You Are About To Have An Affair (Adultery - Part 2)Four Ways To Fight Adultery Before You Are Married (Adultery - Part 3)Four Steps To Recovering Your Marriage After An Affair (Adultery - Part 4)Is It Weak To Stay With Your Adulterous Spouse? (Adultery - Part 5)Six Ways to Help When Your Friend's Marriage Is Wrecked By Adultery (Adultery - Part 6)