As our society dives deeper into a digital world, the church has an opportunity to directly address what is unseen.
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- January 24, 2020| |
We, as believers in Jesus, in the church, are people who are called to action. Yet we all have unique backgrounds, and we come from a variety of ethnicities.
- January 10, 2020| |
I can choose to hit each note precisely and be on my own or I can elect to more or less sing the right notes in a kind of approximate way but at least be singing along with the others.
- December 13, 2019| |
The church is a community of vulnerability. And God intends that to be our strength.
- December 6, 2019| |
It was mid-December. We were all waiting. But we weren't waiting like the rest of the world.
- November 29, 2019| |
The measures churches have implemented to protect people are largely reactionary, not preventative. How do you hedge against a sin that originates in the human heart?
- November 22, 2019| |
Babel is, after all, the key narrative to which we can trace the origins of our current predicament of globalization.
- November 18, 2019| |
I wonder if the faithfulness required of us, as we wait for our wedding feast to begin, is a kind of political chastity.
- November 8, 2019| |
I felt badly about throwing away so many things, but I had to remind myself: it is not my fault my ancestors kept these things. I am not responsible to inherit all my mother’s belongings.
- November 1, 2019| |
Sometimes we plant seeds that will take so long to grow that we know we won’t be alive to reap the benefit of their eventual shade and strength.
- October 25, 2019| |
Conflicts, disappointments or boredom can begin to accumulate and you find yourself asking the question: When is it time to leave?
- October 18, 2019| |
As Protestant believers worked harder to distance themselves from Catholicism, I think they left behind some important ways of understanding God.
- October 11, 2019| |
Even for those who suffer chronically, God gives, uplifts, and strengthens. Moreover, he uses this suffering to advance the kingdom in mysterious ways.
- October 8, 2019| |
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.
- October 4, 2019| |
The idea that Fox News-watching religious Republican voters are a stand-in for all evangelicals is ludicrous.
- September 27, 2019| |
When we lack unity, or at the very least, mutual respect, as people of faith we lose our saltiness, and our light grows dim.
- September 20, 2019| |
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.
- September 13, 2019| |
I recall the days when “Grape Road” was lined with cornfields and farmsteads. Now it’s a continuous three-mile strip of commercialism.
- September 6, 2019| |
While his statement is not true of all Christian communities, his more than 20-year experience in his particular mega church circle is that people avoid these complicated topics.
- August 30, 2019| |
As I looked into the inner abyss of my soul, I saw an unfree self, chained together with an old friend, the pleaser identity.
- August 23, 2019| |
My work has restored and strengthened my Christian faith. It has expanded my worldview and ignited my life with passion and purpose.
- August 15, 2019| |
We live in a spiritual warfare that has become intricately complicated and multi-layered. But the essence of this warfare, the main battlefield, is still about truth versus falsehood.
- August 9, 2019| |
On the heels of the California food festival mass shooting in Gilroy, two more senseless shootings occurred within roughly twelve hours of each other over the weekend in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio.
- August 2, 2019| |
Attending synod is an exciting opportunity, especially as a young adult representative. But synod can also be intimidating. Here are some tips to get you through.