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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.

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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.

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Church History at a Glance Part 5- The 20th Century

Church History at a Glance Part 5- The 20th Century

In the twentieth and twenty-first century, no issue was more attacked in Protestant Christianity than the issue of truth. The truth was being attacked under various agencies, each determined to thwart the stability of truth and Christian orthodoxy in their fields.

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Church History at a Glance Part 3: The 18th Century

Church History at a Glance Part 3: The 18th Century

The eighteenth-century is a significant period in Protestant church history specifically and the Western world more broadly. The eighteenth-century was a period of pursuit and unconcealed, unabashed search for meaning in a changing world.

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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.

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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)

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Christianity & Creativity: Part 4

Christianity & Creativity: Part 4

As followers of Christ, we are called to worship God in every area of life, including the arts! All of us, whether a formal artist or not, have some creativity to share with the world.

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Christianity & Creativity: Part 3

Christianity & Creativity: Part 3

As followers of Christ, we are called to worship God in every area of life, including the arts! This Week we will focus on our responsibility as the consumer.

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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 respond in anger. While this is a wise move, this cannot be where the conversation ends in a fair fight. Whether you are struggling with a spouse, friend, or co-worker, in a valued relationship, it is not fair to the other party...

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Be Angry, and Do Not Sin

Be Angry, and Do Not Sin

“Be angry and do not sin;” is a question that is asked a lot. Find out more about how anger doesn’t have to lead to sin and how we were meant to be slaves to anger.

read more
Jesus Wept

Jesus Wept

How does Jesus respond to tragedies? How can Christians share the hope of Christ?

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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.

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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 Mayfield that I could have imagined! Today’s celebration was filled with both incredible thankfulness and heavy sadness, as it was my final Sunday as a regular member of The Hallows Church. In just a few days, I’ll be on a one-way...

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Gospel-Oriented Rhythms: Faith and Fitness

Gospel-Oriented Rhythms: Faith and Fitness

Check out this Gospel-Oriented Rhythms blog on “Faith and Fitness.” Can fitness be sacred? How can Christians approach exercise & fitness? How can one make the habit of exercising be gospel-centered?

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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 most with this was when I was working in full-time ministry. I felt like I was the one always pouring out while no one was pouring into me. This mentality led to me becoming hyper-aware of every little shortcoming. I would become...

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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 progress. A single moment of worship–even an extraordinary moment– isn’t enough to make us completely like Christ. A moment of worship that grips you, moves you, imparts truth that weighs deeply in you is powerful and sure to come, but...

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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 to remember what encouraged me during the pandemic.  When Gentle & Lowly: The Heart of Christ for Sinners and Sufferers by Dane Ortlund came out, I was eager to read it since I am generally a fan of him and the resources he...

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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.

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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 how we have shared life together, and to share a few words of encouragement. We moved to Seattle without friends or family and felt loved, accepted, supported, and cherished since our first visit to The Hallows. The Lord was...

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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 5- The 20th Century

Church History at a Glance Part 5- The 20th Century

In the twentieth and twenty-first century, no issue was more attacked in Protestant Christianity than the issue of truth. The truth was being attacked under various agencies, each determined to thwart the stability of truth and Christian orthodoxy in their fields.

Church History at a Glance Part 3: The 18th Century

Church History at a Glance Part 3: The 18th Century

The eighteenth-century is a significant period in Protestant church history specifically and the Western world more broadly. The eighteenth-century was a period of pursuit and unconcealed, unabashed search for meaning in a changing world.

Church History at a Glance Part 2: The 17th Century

Church History at a Glance Part 2: The 17th Century

The three most important issues to be discussed in the Seventeenth century are the practical theology of the Puritans, the Westminster Confession of Faith, and Francis Bacon’s philosophical reconstruction.

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)

Christianity & Creativity: Part 4

Christianity & Creativity: Part 4

As followers of Christ, we are called to worship God in every area of life, including the arts! All of us, whether a formal artist or not, have some creativity to share with the world.

Christianity & Creativity: Part 3

Christianity & Creativity: Part 3

As followers of Christ, we are called to worship God in every area of life, including the arts! This Week we will focus on our responsibility as the consumer.

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.

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...

Be Angry, and Do Not Sin

Be Angry, and Do Not Sin

“Be angry and do not sin;” is a question that is asked a lot. Find out more about how anger doesn’t have to lead to sin and how we were meant to be slaves to anger.

Jesus Wept

Jesus Wept

How does Jesus respond to tragedies? How can Christians share the hope of Christ?

Attributes of God: God is Holy

Attributes of God: God is Holy

What are the attributes of God? Discover and consider a few of God’s attributes through this short blog series. Today’s attribute: Holy.

Attributes of God: God is Creator

Attributes of God: God is Creator

What are the attributes of God? Discover and consider a few of God’s attributes through this short blog series. Today’s attribute: Creator.

Attributes of God: God is Provider

Attributes of God: God is Provider

What are the attributes of God? Discover and consider a few of God’s attributes through this short blog series. Today’s attribute: provider.

Attributes of God: God is Sovereign

Attributes of God: God is Sovereign

In our attributes of God series, we consider today it means that God is sovereign, and how God’s sovereignty is good for us today.

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.

Attributes of God: God is Faithful

Attributes of God: God is Faithful

What are the attributes of God? Discover and consider a few of God’s attributes through this short blog series. Today’s attribute: faithful.

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...

Gospel-Oriented Rhythms: Faith and Fitness

Gospel-Oriented Rhythms: Faith and Fitness

Check out this Gospel-Oriented Rhythms blog on “Faith and Fitness.” Can fitness be sacred? How can Christians approach exercise & fitness? How can one make the habit of exercising be gospel-centered?

On Faith and Friendship in Youth

On Faith and Friendship in Youth

Why Seattle church youth groups are important: teens express, explain, and show the gospel within the bond of community & shared experiences.

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...