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Many activities that were once forbidden by the church (card playing, dancing, and movie attendance) are now considered fine. But the Bible does not change. Are these changes biblical?
Today I received The Banner. It was filled with various articles about abuse, most of which were well done.
Offering your pastor a sabbatical is an investment in ministry.
We don’t often think of Advent as looming. But here is a time of darkness, preceding the Redeemer’s birth into a dark and cold night.
The Heidelberg Catechism is the most popular, most loved catechism of many that emerged from the Reformation. But it is over 450 years old. Does it still speak to our churches—and to each of us—today?
I knew when I took this job that I could not please everybody. But I do take seriously what readers say.
If the Holy Spirit holds the cosmos together (every facet of every human being’s biological, relational, educational, social, and economic life), and if holding means nearness, then surely every time a human being wakes up to God, that moment is a remembering of a presence that’s always been there.
Christians should be aware of the effects of our lifestyles.
These days, for example, many of us use social media to rush curated expressions of our life into public space. We can equate visibility with significance.
Living among people whose suffering is relentless, heartbreaking, mind-numbing, has changed me. I am hungrier for heaven’s healing than I have ever been.
Online commenting is the latest and most efficient way we allow ourselves to be set up against each other.
Mary’s willingness to risk everything allowed all of us to gain so much more.
This piece is a reflection of the story of Joseph and Mary, specifically their journey to Bethlehem.
Songs of praise often celebrate God taking us from our hurts; songs of lament recognize God with us in our hurts.
In Acts 17, Paul is basically called a nitwit by his new friends. Here’s what happened.
Shepherds are people who look after sheep. They provide food and water for their sheep and protect them from predators. Even without predators, sheep can get themselves into trouble. Sometimes a sheep will fall or get knocked over and get stuck on its back. Without a shepherd to help them up, they would die.
Am I called to remain in my existing occupation, or am I called to forsake it for new opportunities for...
The heartfelt question was posed to me in the waning moments of an evening filled with the easy camaraderie that forms between those walking a pathway of similar joys and sorrows.
Thank you to Roxanne Van Farowe for her article “#ChurchToo: Lessons from Willow Creek.” I have worked independently...
Will anyone want the mantel clock?
I made profession of faith many years ago as a young teenager, but it was group pressure that made me do it.
Psalm 137 is, for me, the prayer in the Bible that most accurately expresses the extreme rage that comes with the experience or observation of the world’s worst abuses
The answer to this question is all about the Holy Spirit.