August 19, 2019

Christians get nervous when their leaders express certain doubts or recant their profession of faith. This is especially true when it happens in the public eye. Like Rob Bell — you remember him, right? Anyway, this happened again recently when Joshua Harris, former pastor and best-selling author of the cult classic, I Kissed Dating Goodbye, took to Instagram to inform his followers that by every standard of measurement he possessed, he was no longer a Christian. Then came Hillsong worship… Read more

August 8, 2019

Guns. Guns are at the forefront of America’s attention once again due to a recent surge of mass shootings in El Paso, TX and Dayton, OH. Mass shootings are indeed a problem in America. We have them more frequently than any country in the world. And while people will offer different theories as to why this is, one very clear correlation stands out, and that is the sheer volume of easily accessible firearms within the United States. The right to… Read more

July 29, 2019

The practice of God’s presence in Christian tradition stretches back to beginning of the faith. “Pray without ceasing,” Paul wrote to the Thessalonian disciples. “In everything, give thanks” (1 Thessalonians 5:17-18). These are a few variations on the internal practice of keeping in constant touch with the indwelling Christ as the source of one’s life. This practice seems to have been the mainstay of the early Christian communities.  It was Brother Lawrence who popularized our modern concept of practicing the… Read more

July 25, 2019

The writer of Ephesians says that the Church is like a building which is built on a foundation that is part apostolic and part prophetic. Christ is the cornerstone, and the apostles and prophets make up the foundation (Ephesians 2:19-20). Now, I can easily understand why Christ is the chief cornerstone. After all, none of this Christian stuff would exist without his presence and impact in history. It’s also not hard to see why the apostles are part of the… Read more

July 18, 2019

“Jesus I know, and Paul I know – but what in the world is Naloxone?” In case you’re not familiar, Naloxone is the opioid overdose reversal drug otherwise known by the popular brand name Narcan. First responders, police officers, and medical professionals use Naloxone. An increasing number of laypeople use it as well, or at least carry it in case they ever need to use it on a friend or loved one. It comes in three forms: Injectable, auto-injectable, and… Read more

July 14, 2019

Faith. In a post-Christian society. That’s the topic of the day. Hello, by the way. This is my personal introduction post. I’m only gonna do this once, so please listen up. My name is Josh, and I’m the pastor of a United Church of Christ congregation in southern Ohio. This is strange to me, because I used to be thoroughly convinced that institutional Christianity, including the modern pastoral office, was everything that is wrong with the Church. In some ways,… Read more

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