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Friendship

Friendship

Coming out of a global pandemic, Americans appear more attuned than ever to the
importance of friendship. However, despite renewed interest in the topic of friendship
signs suggest that the role of friends in American social life is experiencing a sharp
decline.

For Unto Us is Given… a Prince of Peace

For Unto Us is Given… a Prince of Peace

One of the first statements declared about the gift of Jesus was by a multitude of angels to a few shepherds in a field, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!” (Luke 2:14) Like the climate of that time, we live in a time where peace is desperately sought after and rarely found in the hearts of people.

For Unto Us is Given… an Everlasting Father

For Unto Us is Given… an Everlasting Father

In recent years, our culture has been working to redefine what the ideal father looks like. Traditionally, we have valued the security found in role of a father as a provider and stable authority. Presently, we have added values such as caring, present, supportive, and guiding. All of these elements of fatherhood and more are found in descriptions of our Good Father in the Bible.

For Unto Us is Given a Wonderful Counselor

For Unto Us is Given a Wonderful Counselor

As a counselor, you can imagine I particularly appreciate this attribute of God. In John 14:16, when Jesus was headed toward the cross in his final days, He told His followers that we are sent a paraklētos- a helper, comforter, advocate, counselor- the Holy Spirit. All of us who have the Holy Spirit, have access to His counsel at any time for any reason. It is literally a purpose of His Spirit within us.

Happily Ever After

Happily Ever After

In-fact, it seems more often than not life is pretty hard. There is real struggle, pain, and suffering in this life. Yet, in the midst of all that sucks I believe that there is hope.

Busy

Busy

I have the tendency to be an overly busy person. I don’t know about you, but when I am not rushing around doing something I can often feel as though I am wasting my time.

Church History at a Glance. Part 1: “The 16th Century”

Church History at a Glance. Part 1: “The 16th Century”

The Reformation period, particularly within the 16th Century, continues to mark some of the most historic moments in Church History. The Reformation is largely known for the Christian church’s separation of Catholicism and Protestantism. This is the case, but some particular moments gave way to much movement towards Protestantism.

Intentional Insomnia

Intentional Insomnia

It’s frustrating. Laying awake, watching the minutes turn into hours. Knowing that tomorrow you will not be functioning well during your daily activities. I love Job’s description, “When I lie down I say, ‘When shall I arise?’ But the night is long, and I am full of tossing till the dawn.” (Job 7:4 ESV)

Be Angry, and Do Not Sin: Part 2- Fighting Fair

Be Angry, and Do Not Sin: Part 2- Fighting Fair

Be Angry, and Do Not Sin, Part 2- Fighting Fair by Courtney San Miguel   My last blog post discussed the first half of Ephesians 4:26- Be angry and do not sin.  I recommended excusing yourself from a situation in order to use calming techniques before choosing to...

Attributes of God: God is Accessible

Attributes of God: God is Accessible

The word accessible means “easy to approach; having the right to come into.” We sinful humans have no right to come before a holy God. God is perfect, glorious, honorable and completely holy.

An Open Letter: Testing Out My Faith

An Open Letter: Testing Out My Faith

An Open Letter: Testing Out My Faith by Emily Shutsky I am sitting down to write this right after getting back home from the incredible Hallows 10th anniversary celebration, my stomach in elated leaps after being filled with the most delicious cake made by Debs...

Forgiveness & Being Let Down

A Tender Heart: Loving Others When They Let You Down by Alexa Hess   Over the years I have found myself becoming more sensitive to the shortcomings of others. Instead of allowing things to roll off, I’ve been bitter or resentful. The season where I struggled the...

Rhyme and Rhythm for Worship Gatherings

Rhyme and Rhythm for Worship Gatherings

Worship: Our Reason and Rhythm   2 Corinthians 3:18, “We all, with unveiled faces, are looking as in a mirror at the glory of the Lord and are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory…”   Works in progress Every disciple is a work in...

A Book Review of Gentle and Lowly

A Book Review of Gentle and Lowly

Gentle and Lowly Book Review By Pastor Mark Smith   A Helpful Book in a Time of Need It is an understatement to say last year brought a lot of feelings. When I look back on the complexities of it all, while knowing we aren’t out of the woods yet, it’s important...

Why Do We Do What We Do?

Why Do We Do What We Do?

Why are we putting so much effort into creating a permanent hub for ministry in Wallingford Seattle? Read these reflections from a staff member as we consider why The Hallows Church exists.

A Farewell Letter

A Farewell Letter

Dear Hallows Family, As many of you know, we recently worshiped with you in person for the last time prior to our transition to California. We wanted to write to say thank you for being our church and extended family for the last nine-and-a-half years, to reflect on...

Gospel Clarity Study Series

In order for the gospel to be central, it must be functional. This series recorded live in a one-day teaching gathering is intended to go deeper on issues that are important to you and to the culture of Seattle. 

Searching the scriptures, finding the savior

In this special 1-part session, Pastor Andrew provides guidance on how to search the Scriptures to find the Savior.

Then beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he interpreted for them the things concerning himself in all the Scriptures. –Jesus, Luke 24:27

The Gospel and Spiritual Warfare

In this 4-part session, Pastor Andrew teaches what is spiritual warfare, who is involved, and how God calls and equips His church is to engage in the battle that is not always seen but is always present.

“The god of this age has blinded the minds of the unbelievers to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. For we are not proclaiming ourselves but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus’s sake. For God who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness,’ has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of God’s glory in the face of Jesus Christ.” –2 Corinthians 4:4-6

Download fill-in-the-blank PDF outline:

The Gospel and Spiritual Warfare | Session 1  

The Gospel and Spiritual Warfare | Session 2 

The Gospel and Spiritual Warfare | Session 3  

The Gospel and Spiritual Warfare | Session 4

The Gospel and Ethnic Identity

In this 3-part session, Pastor Andrew leads us through a biblical exploration of ethnic identity, gospel distortions, unity in the midst diversity and how the gospel paves a path forward in a culture often frought with division in diversity.

“After this I looked and there was a vast multitude from every nation, tribe, people, and language, which no one could number, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were clothed in white robes with palm branches in their hands And they cried  in a loud voice: Salvation belongs to our God, who is seated on the throne, and to the Lamb!” –Revelation 7:9-10

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 The Gospel and Ethnic Identity | Session 1      

 The Gospel and Ethnic Identity | Session 2      

 The Gospel and Ethnic Identity | Session 3      

 The Gospel and Ethnic Identity | Session 4

The Gospel Clarity Podcast

The Gospel Clarity podcast is designed to cultivate gospel clarity in the church for the world.

Follow along as Pastor Andrew Arthur and Pastor Mark Smith dive into the difference Jesus makes in all of life. Show topics span from answering listener’s theological questions to book reviews to current events and more. Submit a question by email

Seasons 1 & 2 available on all major podcast platforms >>> Stitcher, SoundCloud, Apple Podcasts