Erick is married to Melissa and they have 3 boys together. He earned his Master of Divinity Degree from Lutheran Brethren Seminary and has served as a Pastor in Fontana, California and Staten Island, New York. He is a Christ Hold Fast Contributor, co-host of 30 Minutes in the New Testament, and also serves as the Chairman of Fifth Act Church Planting. In the Fall of 2015, Erick moved his family into the heart of Manhattan to plant Epiphany Lutheran Church.
Summer is almost over! School has started, vacation is done and it’s time to get back to the grind. Do you feel well rested? I suppose that depends on what I mean by rest right? In my home there tends to be two views of what it means to “rest”.
BY ERICK SORENSEN
Far from boosting your self-esteem, the Bible does everything it can to deflate it. With descriptive phrases about us like we’re “dead in trespasses and sins”, what we’re shown is that we’re naturally hostile towards God and selfish towards others.
The Corinthian Church was a mess. Factions, sexual immorality, lawsuits, false teaching, and a denial of the resurrection (!) are just a few of the issues this group of ragtag Christians were tangled up in.
The common knock against “grace people” (or to put it another way, “Christians”) is that preaching too much grace will encourage licentious living. Charges of antinomianism, lack of love for God’s Law or “easy-believism” abound.
Have you ever wondered, of all the adjectives we could use to describe this day why in the world we chose the word “good?” Yeah, me too.
I so wish I could say the above statement was true about me. But if I'm honest, when I survey my life I don't exude much contentment: When I’m “brought low” I whine. When I face “hunger and need” and it’s not long before I’m snapping at someone. I’m not proud of it, I'm just confessing it.
I don’t know about you, but when I go through something difficult, I find myself wanting to vent. Sometimes I vent to my wife, sometimes I vent to a friend, and sometimes I even vent to God in prayer.
Over the last 11 months I’ve spent the bulk of my time working to plant a church in New York City. That meant lots of praying, lots of planning, lots of meetings, lots of training, lots of fundraising and lots of other amorphous stuff outside of my control.
It seems that no matter where we look in this world, we never quite find what we really need. But that hasn’t stopped us from trying.
Erick Sorensen's presentation on Vocation Within the Church from the 2016 CHF New York City Event.