South Harbor Church

One Church Family. Where you live.

1907 64th Street SW
Byron Center, Michigan 49315
616.531.3500
Sundays 9:30am

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  • Two: Salt and Light in the Desert

    May 19, 2020

    In the most recent sermon of our current sermon series — “Now What? Lessons from the Desert” — we talked about what it means to be good news to the people around us. Jesus called his disciples salt and light (Matthew 5:13-16). “You are the salt of the earth.” Salt is a preservative, and a […]

  • One: the Desert Examen

    May 6, 2020

    We currently find ourselves within the desert – a middle space of sorts. The desert is rugged terrain. Resources are few. Comforts are even fewer. Life is chaotic and unpredictable. …and the desert seems to stretch on endlessly. For this reason, no one chooses the desert but, rather, just sort of find themselves there. In […]

  • Holy Waiting

    April 11, 2020

    Hopeful Waiting Usually this day, Holy Saturday, is one of frenzied preparation for Easter festivities, dinners, etc. This year though, Holy Saturday looks nothing like any Holy Saturday that we can recall. Holy Saturday is the day between Good Friday and Easter. Traditionally, Holy Saturday marks the day when God’s people waited. As people on […]

  • Stations of the Cross

    April 10, 2020

    A Better Story: Stations of the Cross A few years ago, the campus I worked for found itself in crisis. I had the good (or ill) fortune of arriving to work there just in time to casually bump into the crisis over dinner with colleagues only to watch it completely explode several months later. Life, […]

  • A Harbor in the Tempest

    April 9, 2020

    A tempest is usually known as a violent storm. The word wasn’t popularized until Shakespeare’s The Tempest in 1611. The word, though, comes from latin and early french, and its etymology from the 11th century had these connotations: tempest (n.) “violent storm,” late 13c., from Old French tempeste “storm; commotion, battle; epidemic, plague” (11c.) I […]

  • Our Help in Ages Past

    April 8, 2020

    Many of us who grew up in the church grew up on songs that we call hymns. They are as varied as the people who wrote them, but there is often a strong kernel of truth or biblical metaphor that drives them. During times of joy and times of sorrow, during times of blessing and […]

  • How long, Lord, how long?

    April 7, 2020

    Somewhere toward the end of my college experience I went thru what many of us do at some time in our spiritual life. Somewhere in recent years I learned this experience is often called a deconstruction. I reached a point where all the bible knowledge I had in my head was not giving me the […]

  • Scarcity and Abundance

    April 6, 2020

    Silence and Centering Begin by taking a few deep breaths. Slow everything down. Notice the feeling of your body in your seat, your feet on the ground, your back against the chair. Rest your hands, relax your shoulders. Keep your mind on your breathing, and read this story from the book that we love:   […]

  • Psalm 91 – God’s Got This. Right?

    April 5, 2020

    Thirty years ago, I jumped off a cliff into water from so high up that it hurt when I finally hit the water. It remains one of the dumbest things I have ever done. We were biking through the White Mountains just outside of Maine. Our legs were tired, we were hot, and we found […]

  • Let Your Anchor Guide You

    April 4, 2020

      Hebrews 6:17-20   Small vessels and big waves make for interesting moments. Jet skis and surf board enthusiasts embrace the waves. Duck hunters in a 14-foot john boat don’t! Though I have never surfed, I have done the other two. One is a riot and the other will leave you wondering about your ability […]