Twin Falls Idaho

How A Bacon Wrapped Cross Defiles Christianity

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This is not Christian

Two weeks ago, someone, or some people, in our city wrapped a four-foot cross with bacon and pounded it into the ground in front of the one and only Mosque in town. I hesitate to draw more attention to the hatred and foolishness of such an act, but because a cross has been brought into this, something has to be said.

It must be understood that what these people did is by no means Christian. It’s not the biblical church. It’s not the biblical Jesus. It is in fact anti-Christian. It is anti-gospel. It is anti-Jesus. It goes against everything the cross of Christ actually stands for. You will not find such an act anywhere in the Bible.

My plea to whoever may be reading this is for you to understand that Jesus in no way condones or encourages this deplorable action. If you are a Christian understand that such an act does nothing but drag the name of Jesus and his church through the mud. It is not an act that furthers the gospel but hinders it and thus it must be condemned.

This is Christian

Our church, Taproot Church, has been working together through the book of Acts–the New Testament historical record of the early church. One of the themes that come up repeatedly is the very humanness of every single person and the offer of salvation by grace alone through faith alone in Jesus Christ alone to every human regardless of their race, ethnicity, or social status.

In Acts 14, Paul and Barnabas are worshiped by the people of Lystra as Greek gods. Their response is, “People! Why are you doing these things? We are people also, just like you” (Acts 14:15; emphasis mine). What Paul is saying here is that the gospel (good news) of Jesus levels the playing field. All humans, regardless of what or whom they may rightly or falsely worship are just that–humans. Humans in need of the one true and living God.

In Acts 16, the author records the conversion of three different people. Each of them are from entirely different worlds. They couldn’t be more different. They are opposites in race, ethnicity, and socio-economic status. Yet the conclusion of the story is that they all–as human beings–were in need of the same Jesus.

Our common humanness

“From one man He has made every nationality to live over the whole earth and has determined their appointed times and the boundaries of where they live” (Acts 17:26).

This verse is a reminder of our common humanity. That from one man every other man has come into existence. It’s also a reminder that we’re all a lot more alike than we tend to believe or realize.

Ken Wytsma talks about this in his book, The Myth Of Equality: “Beneath the skin we are all basically the same––and this is especially true at the genetic level. Genetically speaking, I (with my rather unmixed Dutch heritage) am more similar to a male Maori than I am to any female, including my own mother and daughters. Whatever genetic differences the Maori man and I might have throughout the rest of our twenty-three pairs of chromosomes, they are fewer than the number of gene differences between men (with one X – and one Y – chromosome) and women (who have two X- chromosomes), even when a man and woman are closely related…Indeed, the most remarkable thing about the genetics of humanity is how little diversity it contains in comparison to other populations of creatures, including other primates.”

In other words, scientifically speaking, I’m not that different than any other man on the face of this earth. And neither are you.

Track with me. This is important.

The Truth Of The Cross

You see, the actual good news of Christianity is that Jesus entered into this world in order to reconcile all types of people from every corner of this globe back to God. He finished the work that you and I could not. He did this by living a sinless life and dying a sinners death at the hands of people like…

You.

And me.

The sins of the conservative, the sins of the liberal. The sins of the Christian, the sins of the Muslim. Your sin and my sin put Jesus on the cross.

The cross is a symbol of suffering and shame. It’s a symbol of sacrifice and ought never to be associated with some sort of elite homogenous ideology. Americans (American Christians in particular) are not inherently better people than Muslims. This is what the true message of the cross tells us. It levels all humanity and says we’re all in need of the same thing. It declares that salvation is not for those who prove themselves most righteous before God. Rather, it declares that all are unrighteous, and the religious moralist who stands against planned parenthood is just as much a candidate for God’s saving grace (and needs it) as much as the Islamic man–even an avowed terrorist.

This is what the true message of the cross tells us. It levels all humanity and says we’re all in need of the same thing.

This cross is the way of the Christian life.

The cross declares God’s love for people like me, and also unlike me. There is no symbol that declares God’s desire for creating a diverse people like the cross. The Christian life should always reflect this desire.

It’s in light of all this that hateful actions like wrapping a cross in bacon and placing it in front of a Muslim Mosque must be condemned.

The truth of the Christian gospel is what enables us to see people the way God intended. In an increasingly diverse culture, may the cross remind us that we’re a lot more alike than we realize and at the end of the day our greatest need is the same–a crucified, but risen, Savior!

This post was originally published on Mike Littleton's personal blog. 

End Of Summer Schedule

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The final full month of summer is almost here and with that, we wanted to let you know what’s going on. Below is a quick look at what’s happening over the next six weeks.  

August 2nd - Pray First. 6:00-7:30 at the Taproot offices. Our offices are located at 140 Hansen Ave. E. Suite 2. 

August 6th - Sunday Gathering - We’ll gather as usual. 10:00 a.m. at the Boys and Girls Club. Quin Marlow will be preaching through Acts 9:32-43. 

August 13th - Sunday Gathering - Baptism Sunday! Outside on the front lawn of the Boys and Girls Club. If you would like to be baptized, please contact Pastor Mike or Pastor John. 

August 18th - 20th - Family Camp! Join us at Cathedral Pines. 

August 20th - NO SUNDAY GATHERING - There will be no Sunday Gathering at the Boys and Girls Club, but we’d love to have you join us at Cathedral Pines. 

August 27th - Sunday Gathering - Sunday Gatherings will return back to our regular rhythm. Boys and Girls Club at 10:00 a.m. 

September 3rd - Labor Day Weekend

September 10th - Taproot’s 3rd birthday! God has done much over that last three years, and we're excited to celebrate it. There will be more information about this celebration soon. 

If you have any more questions, please head on over to our contact page and we'll get back to ASAP. 

Join Us For Church In The Park


For the past two years now, we’ve taken the final month of the summer to shift our Sunday gatherings from the morning to evening, and from the Boys and Girls Club to a park. This is year number three of church in the park, but things will be a little bit different.

Ever since we started church in the park, we've wanted to do this with another local church. This year, we’re excited to say that, by God's grace, it's going to happen. For the next four weeks, Taproot Church is gathering together with the Church for our month long church in the park gatherings!

Our prayer and hope is that these gatherings will lay a tangible foundation for unity among the churches in Twin Falls for years to come.

If you’re interested in gathering with us, take a look at the information below.

Time: We’ll start serving food at 5:00 p.m. Hamburgers, hot dogs, and water will be provided. You can bring a potluck style dish to share. Worship begins at 6:00 p.m.

Place: All four church in the park gatherings will be at the Twin Falls City Park.

Dates: Church in the park gatherings are: August 21st, August 28th, September 4th, and September 11th.

For more information, check out our Facebook page.

Finally, Taproot Church will not be gathering on Sunday mornings during church in the park, but the Church will be. Their gatherings start at 10:00 a.m. For more information about the Church, check out their Facebook page or their website.  

We hope to see you there! 

Christ is all!

Pastor Mike

Go Be A Spectator

You may not have known it, but this weekend, the Special Olympics of Idaho Summer Games are bing hosted here in Twin Falls at Canyon Ridge High School. This is a great opportunity for our city, and it's also a great opportunity for you to serve. 

Most of the volunteer positions have already been filled, but there is still one crucial way in which you can help. 

Go be a spectator. As these athletes compete, watch and clap and cheer as much as you possibly can. 

If you have the opportunity, take an hour or two this weekend to go cheer these athletes on. What a blessing it will be to them. 

For more information about this event and a detailed schedule, please visit the Idaho Special Olympics website.

Christ is all!

Responding To Muslims

How does the gospel motivate us to respond to Muslims? This is an extremely important question, and we're excited to have Samy Tanagho join us to help answer it. 

Samy was born and raised in Egypt, and has ministered to Muslim people groups for over 30 years. It's his love for Jesus that has motivated him to spend his life serving Muslims, and equipping the church to do the same. Samy is the founder of Glad News Ministries, and has also written the book, Glad News! God Loves You My Muslim Friend. Through his years of ministry, he has seen Jesus change lives in remarkable ways. 

We're happy to have partnered with Calvary Chapel Buhl in bringing this seminar to Twin Falls. Our prayer is that Samy's teaching and experience will serve to equip the church in loving and serving Muslims as God continues to afford us the opportunity to have them as our neighbors. Samy's teaching will help to dispel the many fears that people in our city have, teach us to see Muslim people as image bearers of God, and equip us to speak the good news of Jesus with wisdom and care. 

We hope you will join us.

The seminar is Sunday November 8th, at 5:30 p.m., at The Boys and Girls Club of the Magic Valley. Coffee will be provided by Twin Beans Coffee Co. and desserts will be served as well. 

If you have any questions, please visit our Connect page. You can also check us out on Facebook

Christ is all!