The Rapture raises the erroneous expectation that our comfortable Western life will continue unbroken until the end. We’ll fly from the sofa to heaven without having to experience any suffering for our faith in between. Read more

On this All Saints Day, let us remember the church in heaven that is joined to us on earth. The church in heaven is not passively asleep, but rather a throng of people worshiping God, continuously offering up prayers that God’s will be accomplished on earth as in heaven. Let us remember loved ones who have passed into glory, but also remember that their work of praise and prayer is not over. Read more

We all too often confuse this deep and steadfast communion originating in Christ with passing friendliness or structural relationships or ties of blood and relatedness. But all of these forms of communion pale in comparison to the communion wrought at the Lord’s table. Read more

The flip side of disappointment is gratitude. It’s receiving life itself as a gift–a little bit better than we could have imagined. Read more

Closed doors can shatter our false images of who Jesus is and what Jesus should do. Closed doors point us beyond Jesus the life coach toward Jesus the crucified savior–less fist bump and more sweating great drops of blood. Read more

Good preaching requires a willingness to speak God’s word, a dose of creativity, and a sensitivity to the needs of the listening church. Read more

“Ignorance of the Scriptures is ignorance of Christ.” – St. Jerome Read more

Jesus is the animating force behind our hope. What we want to share with others is life with Jesus. Read more

Are we ready to bless? It doesn’t have to be much. It just has to be authentic, soul-deep and true, a word spoken in Christ’s stead out of our vocation as kings and priests (Revelation 1:6). Read more

The most precious features in the topography of home are always the people. We’re home when we have friends to share our table. We’re home when we become neighbors, when we share a story, when we find people who hear us out and welcome us in. Home is where we are claimed by God and one another. Read more

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