Church of the Week: Horizon Community Church, Cincinnati, OH
The lovely Robin and I traveled to Milford, Ohio (east of Cincinnati) this morning to join our friends Butch and Judi Reed for worship at Horizon Community Church, where my longtime friend and coauthor Josh McDowell was preaching.
From the the very first moments we were impressed. The church's new facility on Newtown Road (they had been a portable church previously, I was told), is awe-inspiring and welcoming.
The coffee service (an important doctrinal issue with me) included not only Seattle's Best coffee but also bagel pieces--including (on this St. Patrick's Day) green bagels!
We arrived while the 10 a.m. service was still in progress, and the overflow area around the fireplace (with headphones for listening and screens to watch) was in use.
We made it into the sanctuary as soon as possible. A talented and versatile band kicked off music five minutes before the service started. After someone gave a welcome and a few announcements, the band supported the "Change the World" series theme (starting this week) with a fine rendition of Clapton's Change the World. After that, the service was turned over to the speaker of the morning, Josh McDowell.
Josh (as always) held the crowd in thrall for something like fifty minutes, telling some of his personal story to great effect and effectively detailing some of the evidences for the deity of Jesus. The band returned to the stage for a final song and the service concluded with a brief reminder of the previous announcements.
Horizon Community Church is obviously a thriving, missional, exciting church in a fine location. I wouldn't hesitate to return or to recommend it to anyone.