Current Olive Branch Message Series

Note: Doubt Your Doubts Reading List at bottom of page

Sunday October 21. 2018
2 Services 
@ 9:30 + 11:15 AM
Speaker: Ken Davis
ISN’T THE BIBLE FULL OF MISTAKES?
It seems pretty clear that, first, the Bible is the main Christian resource when it comes to faith. It also seems clear – at least according to what’s out there that it’s full of mistakes, inconsistencies and crazy stories (eg., a talking snake) A recent book, Misquoting Jesus, written by a former believer says that there are over 100,000 errors in the New Testament alone!  Dan Brown says that Constantine created the current Bible in 300 A.D., discarding other important NT books to solidify his political position. Doesn’t this seriously put into question the trustworthiness of what the Bible has to say?

Sunday October 28. 2018
2 Services 
@ 9:30 + 11:15 AM
Speaker: Ken Davis
HOW CAN A GOOD GOD ALLOW SUFFERING?
Suffering and evil shatters lives. People who see it or experience it are usually shaken to the core and sometimes refuse to believe in a God who is loving and kind and good. The key question becomes, “If God is good and God is great – how can a Being love people and be powerful enough to stop the suffering – and yet seemingly do nothing? How does a God who is limitless when it comes to power – and also limitless when it comes to compassion and mercy and kindness coexist with AIDS, tsunamis, murder, rape and child abuse? This question has sometimes turned believers into atheists! Is there any rational answer to it?

Sunday November 4. 2018
2 Services 
@ 9:30 + 11:15 AM
Speaker: Ken Davis
HASN’T SCIENCE MADE GOD IRRELEVANT?
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n the past, it would appear that the faith of Christians was based on what we didn’t know. There was no other explanation for what exists – so God filled that gap. Now we think that after a massive explosion billions of years ago, earth was flung into space – and everything we see evolved from those primordial conditions. Science is solving the problems of disease, unwanted pregnancies, and all the other problems we face. Isn’t God irrelevant?

Sunday November 11. 2018
2 Services 
@ 9:30 + 11:15 AM
Speaker: Kent Andrews
ISN’T THE CHURCH FULL OF HYPOCRITES?
So first we have the Crusades – slaughtering innocent Jews and Muslims; then we have the inquisition – torturing people because what they believe is a little different. Then we have the witch trials. Then we have the scandal of priests who molest children, televangelist scandals, and the rise of the Christian Right – who treat people with different perspectives horribly.  Why would I want to become another religious hypocrite?

Sunday November 18. 2018
2 Services 
@ 9:30 + 11:15 AM
Speaker: Ken Davis
HOW LONG CAN A LOVING GOD SEND PEOPLE TO HELL?
Think about it; even murderers in Canada have a maximum punishment of life in prison – a place where they are confined, but have 3 meals a day, can get an education, work out, build friendships and watch TV. And yet a God you say is infinitely loving sends people to a place to torture to burn forever – just because they don’t believe in Him. Isn’t that a case of serious overkill?

Sunday November 25. 2018
2 Services 
@ 9:30 + 11:15 AM
Speaker: Ken Davis
OLIVE BRANCH 15th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION!
Hey – we’re 15 years old! We’re a teenage church! But we have a lot to celebrate – about all that God has done as we’ve grown up – and what God will yet do through us! This is a great time to be alive – and a great time to be a part of The Olive Branch because God’s offer of peace to a restless world!

Sunday December 2. 2018
2 Services 
@ 9:30 + 11:15 AM
Speaker: Ken Davis
HOW CAN JESUS BE THE ONLY WAY?
This whole issue of What Makes Jesus Different raises one more doubt about faith. In a world where pluralism is celebrated, the idea of Jesus being the only way to God seems to incredibly arrogant and one-sided? What about sincere Buddhists and devout Muslims and Jews – and Hindus, who seem more accepting than anyone. Aren’t most religions actually the same – but with a different person giving direction, like Buddha, Mohammed, Moses and the Talmud, Krishna?  What makes Jesus different – or better than the others?

Doubt Your Doubts Reading List 

Atheist Perspective
Daniel Dennett, Breaking The Spell
Sam Harris, The End of Faith
Christopher Hitchens, God is NOT Great
Richard Dawkins, The God Delusion
Christian Apologetics
Mark Clark, The Problem of God
Tim Keller, The Reason for God
Lee Strobel, The Case for Christ, The Case for Faith,
The Case for the Real Jesus, The Case for a Creator
John Ortberg, Doubt and Faith
Francis Collins, The Language Of God
Anthony Flew, There Is A God
Josh McDowell, Evidence that Demands a Verdict
Alvin Plantinga, Where The Conflict Really Lies
William Lane Craig, Christian Apologetics
Ravi Zacharias, Can Man Live Without God,
The Real Face of Atheism
Philip Yancey, Disappointment With God
C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity
John Ortberg, Who Is This Man?

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Olive Branch Christmas Message Series
NOTEWORTHY
Ordinary Accounts of an Extraordinary Day

It’s clear from the Christmas Story – that someone took notes! Of course, that’s been true all through history – it’s just that some people take notes of noteworthy things in their mind, and some write notes. Mary clearly took notes of all that happened in her young life – she treasured these things in her heart. When the Magi saw the star – it was noteworthy – enough for them to make a very long expensive trip. Even though no one realized it at the time, they are all taking notes on the immense crack that developed in the long narrative of history. After all, it’s always noteworthy when God shows up and changes everything!

Sunday December 9. 2018
2 Services 
@ 9:30 + 11:15 AM
Speaker: Ken Davis
COMPARING NOTES
The four words you’ll never hear in the Christmas story are, Once Upon A Time. Contrary to what we sometimes hear – that is, that the ‘Jesus story’ is a rebirth of and mixture of myths from the past – or a story the church made up to popularize and give their new religion a new edge. Actually? It’s history – and rooted deeply in history – and uses historical names and places and events that can be checked and verified by other credible historians. This really happened – and because of that – it changes EVERYTHING.

Sunday December 16. 2018
2 Services 
@ 9:30 + 11:15 AM
Speaker: Ken Davis
POST-IT NOTES
Post-It Notes have a history most of you are aware of; that the adhesive giant 3M tried a new kind of glue that really didn’t work.  Someone salvaged the idea – for one of the most creative turn-arounds in history. It would be the unusual person who has never had someone leave them a Post-It note on a folder, a desk, a mirror, or a paper. They usually contain a message that is intended to get people’s attention. There are Post-It notes all over the Christmas story – placed by career professional messengers. Angels. They certainly got people’s attention – and still do!

Sunday December 23. 2018
2 Services 
@ 9:30 + 11:15 AM
Speaker: Ken Davis
FOOTNOTES
Whenever there are footnotes in a narrative or book, they’re there, first, to verify that what has been stated or referenced is real – and has involved research. The reason this information is in a footnote – is because it’s not the main event. What’s fascinating about the account of Jesus’ life – is who is featured and who is an oh-yeah-they-were-there-too.The major talking point in the world of that day was Caesar Augustus. The one discussed round the meal table in most Jewish homes – was Herod. Both were a big deal in that day – but only footnotes in Jesus’ story.

Monday December 24. 2018 / Christmas Eve
2 Services 
@ 5:00 + 7:00 PM
Speaker: Ken Davis
LOVE NOTES
Most people have had a love note or two passed their way. Love notes do one of two things – they make you blush… or they make you cringe. They’re called love notes – because they usually mean someone is going public about how they really feel. They’re getting vulnerable. There’s aways a passer and a passee.God’s love note to the world on Christmas Eve – was a tiny baby. God went public. God got vulnerable that night – and it changed history.

Sunday December 30. 2018
1 Service 
@ 11:15
Speaker: Kent Andrews
END NOTES
Most great stories have things in common. 1) Something good is happening or going to happen. 2) There are complications. 3) There is a risk that the whole thing is going to be ruined or crushed. 4) A twist in the plot changes everything.What doesn’t usually happen is End Notes or Post-Script.Disney – and most fairy tales – end with And They Lived Happily Ever After.Well, we know that isn’t true. The end notes here – in this account – are what we learn about God and what we learn about prophecy – and what we learn about Jesus in this narrative. And this whole narrative says a lot about the power, kindness, generosity, love, determination, and vulnerability of God. It is truly NOTEWORTHY -and has been duly noted in this account!

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