When broken people come to churches, they are looking for people who have walked in their shoes. They are seeking a community that becomes a safe place.
Those who know more tend to be more humble of their abilities because they are more aware of their own limitations.
Recently I started a contracting company with two friends. We fixed the roof of a church and the exterior wall of a house. The church paid promptly. But an elder from the church who owns the house refused to pay the agreed amount.
The seeds from different grains are food that people and animals can eat.
As Protestant believers worked harder to distance themselves from Catholicism, I think they left behind some important ways of understanding God.
Too many of TULIP’s terms are misleading and easily caricatured; they end up misrepresenting the Canons of Dort and giving a distorted impression of Reformed theology.
Faith questions are and should be asked as teens start to make faith their own.
Even for those who suffer chronically, God gives, uplifts, and strengthens. Moreover, he uses this suffering to advance the kingdom in mysterious ways.
By now there’s a good chance you’ve heard of the horrific discovery at the home of the recently deceased abortion provider, Dr. Ulrich “George” Klopfer.
Revision and reform are closely linked. We call ourselves the Reformed church as if it were past tense and complete. But we should be always reforming, allowing the Spirit to give us new vision and insight to re-vision what the Spirit says to us through Scripture.
The fallen leaves swirling along the avenue remind me that although it is warm enough to sit outdoors with my coffee on this October afternoon, winter is just around the corner. Looking up, I notice one leaf on an otherwise bare tree.
In prison he’d been tossed around like a rag doll, mistreated, abused. There’s no mercy for sex offenders in prison. He was terrified to return.
My kid threw a fit when she saw the photos I had posted of her online. I think she’s overreacting, but what do you think?
The idea that Fox News-watching religious Republican voters are a stand-in for all evangelicals is ludicrous.
One of the quickest and easiest ways to fill a void in our lives is to buy something, and our mind convinces us for a moment that this will cure our ills.
We do not choose our beliefs based simply on how good or useful they are. Truthfulness is as important a criterion as goodness.
When we lack unity, or at the very least, mutual respect, as people of faith we lose our saltiness, and our light grows dim.
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Everything Christians do for the Lord has significance not only for this life, but for the life to come.
I know what it’s like to be in a pastor’s family when called to a new church. This past year, I’ve gained new perspective going through a pastoral transition from the congregation’s side.
The author of Genesis had no intention of giving us a 21st-century, scientifically precise account of how God created all things.
Whatever it looks like and however it is made, bread is a part of many celebrations and everyday meals all around the world.
In a culture drowning in conflict, there is simply nothing more beautiful, needful, or relevant than the reconciling power of the gospel and a people willing to live in light of it.
I recall the days when “Grape Road” was lined with cornfields and farmsteads. Now it’s a continuous three-mile strip of commercialism.