Shepherding through Crisis
Jan22

Shepherding through Crisis

What do you say to those who are grieving through a crisis? I realize this question can come in different levels. This month marks five years in which I have served in my current ministry position. Each moment of grief in our church has looked different. However, the same basic words of comfort and hope found in the gospel are applicable in any situation. Make no mistake: there are hurting people in your church. People are tired of...

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Understanding Amazing Grace
Nov27

Understanding Amazing Grace

In Interstellar, one of Christopher Nolan’s best films, Earth has become uninhabitable so NASA secretly devises a space exploration plan to find hospitable planets. Cooper, played by Matthew McConaughey, is asked to lead the mission of finding a planet where the humans can be transported in order to survive. In the midst of this mission, Cooper has an interesting conversation with another fellow astronaut, Brand (played by Anne...

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The Reformers View of Religious Liberty
Oct09

The Reformers View of Religious Liberty

It was time for the believers living in Rome to stop arguing. Some Jewish Christians were reluctant to give up some ceremonial aspects of their faith, but others were not so reluctant. One disagreement involved the food they ate. Paul spoke into this unstable dispute, “I know and am convinced in the Lord that nothing is unclean in itself; but to him who thinks anything to be unclean, to him it is unclean” (Rom. 14:14).[1] Paul was not...

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Why We Don’t Read the Bible
Jul31

Why We Don’t Read the Bible

You wake up ten minutes later than you had hoped and it starts: “What if I’m late? What about traffic? What time are my meetings today?” You finally make it to work, but your mind is elsewhere. You remember the family member who is struggling. Or you remember the difficult problem your kid is facing at school. You make it home, and, as you turn on the evening news, you start to worry about the economy and world events. You turn the...

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Blueprints for Applied Theology
May23

Blueprints for Applied Theology

Timothy McVeigh committed one of the worst acts of domestic terrorism in U.S. history in the 1995 bombing of a federal building in Oklahoma City. This violent act killed 168 people and wounded several hundred. McVeigh was convicted and was executed by lethal injection in 2001. Many saw this execution as a “completion of justice,” while others protested because they opposed the death penalty in principle.[1] This event raised questions...

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