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Life Remodeled: ‘There’s growth in vulnerability’ By Anna Lotz

Ben and Kacie Ticer spent three years with an unfinished kitchen floor. With homes around Houston ravaged by floodwaters—yet their home untouched—the Ticers were hesitant to speak of their own need, a result of foundation issues.

“When we had the money to do it, we didn’t have the time,” Kacie said.

Last December, Ben said members of the couple’s Life Group noticed the Ticer’s undone floor

No Coincidences

In October 2018, Ben Joiner arrived on the HNW scene. Ben is a superintendent for E.E. Reed, the general contractor for our Kids Building construction project. He has become a familiar face during the weekdays, and we have come to love and respect him as one of our own. Ben told us he has been…

Find Community: Join a Group

Meet Dongmei Wu by Danica Smithwick As a single mother and fairly new believer when she started attending HNW about three years ago, Dongmei was intimidated and worried about not fitting in. But it didn’t take long for her to find a Life Group of other single women in different stages of life where she…

Forgiveness Language

“Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.”—Luke 23:34  “God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”—Romans 5:8  Believe it or not, a grammar discussion led me to re-think forgiveness. I was listening to a sermon by Jon Tyson when he mentioned Jesus’ words at his crucifixion: “Father, forgive them, for…

New Year Means Change

SUNDAY, JANUARY 6 New Sermon Series | “REFRESH: God’s plan for HNW” Learn the values that drive our vision to “make Houston more like Heaven by helping Houstonians become more like Jesus!” SUNDAY, JANUARY 13 Adult Building Open House Come see all the work that has been done to upgrade on-campus class space for our adults! (Open House will take place after each worship service…

Pleased to Be Crushed: One Houstonian Reflects One Year After Hurricane Harvey

Pleased to Be Crushed: One Houstonian Reflects One Year After Hurricane Harvey Sunrise over Houston Northwest Church campus about a week after Hurricane Harvey. Things happen. Sometimes, they are bad. A year ago, the church I pastor was flooded by Hurricane Harvey. And, a year later, I’m finally beginning to understand what happened to me as a result. I used to love…

Spurgeon for Plumbers

They read from the book, from the law of God, translating to give the sense so that they understood the reading.—Nehemiah 8:8 “Muddy water is no sign the spring is deep.”—W.T. Conner Education was not highly valued in rural Cooke County, Texas, in 1970. To make matters worse, Phil Young needed to help his father on the family farm. So he decided to…

What I Saw in Dallas: A Report From the 2018 Southern Baptist Convention

Image: Shutterstock. First things first: Southern Baptists aren’t like other denominations. The most significant distinction is the nature of voluntary cooperation. The Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) does not have a (official) hierarchy. Heck, the SBC isn’t even really a denomination — at least not in the Mainline Protestant sense. Each SBC church owns its own property. Each SBC church controls its individual church practices…

The Painful, Stinky Truth About Growth: Lessons From Hurricane Harvey

Hurricane Harvey — Image Courtesy of nasa.gov I won’t sugar coat it. 2017 was hard. But I can’t lie. I — and our church — grew in 2017. I’m not talking numerical growth. I’m talking spiritual growth. So what happened? On August 25, Hurricane Harvey hit our city and our church. Even now, four months after the fact, I struggle to find…

You Can’t Outgive God

My first lessons in giving came from my family. My mother gave me offering envelopes from our church. She taught me to give a piece of my allowance to the church. When I was older and got my first job, my parents taught me about the biblical practice of tithing—giving ten percent of what you…

Executive Pastor Search

Church Family, In our budget Q&A in late January, we announced the creation of a new pastoral position at HNW—Executive Pastor. Our church has grown a great deal in the recent past, leading to increased demand for administrative, financial, and leadership resources. The elder council is creating this position to effectively do a few things:…