December 30, 2020

by, Christian Lingner As this holiday season came to maturity within me over the last couple weeks, and I finally began to return to those traditions which remind me of my spiritual continuity since childhood, I fell once again, fast and fully, under the spell of “Auld Lang Syne.” It has always seemed to me a perfect song, whose musings and melody are bound together so tight as to be inextricable, like soul and body. Yet, because I have developed the... Read more

December 7, 2020

Are we really being the church? As the church, we are called to be the hands and feet of Jesus. We are tasked with fulfilling the Great Commission to preach the Gospel, love, and serve the broken, hurting, and hopeless in the world. We have a responsibility to share the Word of God and ourselves with those around us. Jesus never said this would be an easy task or that it was for the faint at heart. God is deeply... Read more

November 24, 2020

“Do not cause others to stumble.” This verse is usually pulled out and dusted off whenever youth ministers want to convince teen girls not to wear crop tops and short shorts. “Others” is often switched out for “your brother,” as in your brother in Christ who would be ignited by lust with such dress. But these days, it’s come to mean something very different to me, personally… a lowly seeking agnostic. During this tumultuous election season, a week doesn’t pass... Read more

October 2, 2020

Written by Pastor Kelly Do you remember the first time in your life that someone you looked up to as a spiritual leader had a moral failure? I do. I was a freshman in college at Liberty University studying for the pastorate. I had gone to chapel to hear a great preacher/teacher expound upon the Word of God. The speaker was such a passionate speaker who knew the Word of God so well, that it inspired me to memorize Scripture... Read more

September 23, 2020

SALT LAKE CITY — With religious services taking place online, this might seem like a moment for digital natives like Gen Z to step into the stream of faith. But new data suggests that the opposite is happening. Pew Research Center reports that those under 30 are the least likely to tune in to virtual worship. Similarly, new data show prior to the pandemic, 13- to 17-year-olds attended in-person religious services at rates similar to their parents — but they... Read more

September 18, 2020

Recently I was asked, “Who would Jesus vote for?” That’s a great, challenging, and yes, controversial question. Whenever we speak of Jesus as followers of Jesus, we incur greater judgment on our words. When we wield political influence in the name of Jesus, we have to be oh so careful. Jesus lived in a time when democracies didn’t exist in the world. Jesus was never allowed to vote for a political leader. He was subject to the Emperor of Rome... Read more

August 20, 2020

What is Universal Basic Income (UBI), you might ask? Although known by many other names–citizen’s income, citizen’s basic income, basic income guarantee, guaranteed annual income, or universal demogrant–, this is how its most ardent supporters would answer that question: “It is a regular income paid to everyone without any conditions. Everyone would automatically receive a regular income paid into their bank accounts.” Notice the key phrases: regular income, everyone, no conditions. Yes, you have it right; you do not need... Read more

July 20, 2020

Who could rationally approve of the senseless destruction of private and public property, the mob justice, and the anarchist demands we have been witnessing in our streets since May 25th? Only those who do not understand the power of peacemaking and developing a winning strategy. I call them “appeasers.” The appeasement we should avoid is yielding or conceding to the belligerent demands of a nation, group, person, etc., in a conciliatory effort, sometimes at the expense of justice or other... Read more

June 30, 2020

We have all heard, time and again, that we need to have healthy cross-race conversations about race! What once was a common statement has now turned into our national mantra, largely triggered by the horrific killing of George Floyd and the resulting protests. No one I know disagrees with the need for cross-race conversations, but why is everyone so terrified about actually having them? As a former diversity consultant to the NBA and a pastor of an NJ church whose members span over 70... Read more

June 22, 2020

My heart aches. I lament the cruel treatment of black people, the senseless loss of life. I have shed tears in private. I am disturbed by my only recent real sensitivity to the obvious pent up hurt and hopelessness in the black community. They are tired, frustrated, and longing for lasting change. So am I. Unfortunately, none of this is new. Injustice, outrage, peaceful protests, rioting, and more dialogue are a repetitive cycle. One thing I am sure of: It... Read more

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