December 5, 2017

Fear’s cure starts in humility. It’s taking on the attitude that God is good and that God’s will for us is our growth in Christlikeness, and that God will bring that good work to completion regardless of sickness or financial failures or the gunman who barges in to the back of the church. Read more

December 2, 2017

Advent celebrates the manger that leads to the cross that bursts through to the resurrection that awaits the coming again. It’s the beginning of the gospel of God’s judgment. Read more

November 28, 2017

Sacrifice is not just a one-off event; it’s a way of life. We’re called to live in ways that point toward God and that are committed to something greater than ourselves. Read more

November 7, 2017

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

November 1, 2017

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

October 30, 2017

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

October 24, 2017

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

October 4, 2017

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

October 3, 2017

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

September 18, 2017

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

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