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Only One

Author: Sheila SchroyerCategory: General, Culture

I recently felt accused and persecuted for something that I believed I did not do. I was hurt, angry and wanted to defend myself. I could not see these things that were being said about me. As I struggled through, questioning why this was happening, the Lord whispered a loud rebuke to me: "Only One is blameless. Only One stood before others and was accused of actions He did not do. Only One ...

Why Preaching Matters Most

Author: Jared MusgroveCategory: General, Culture

If you’re reading this, you’ve likely logged a lot of hours listening to sermons. Can you explain why you do this? Our postmodern contemporaries have a pretty fair lead on the anthropological truth behind our listening: Human beings are hearers. And having tapped into this reality, they are all about keeping the discussion going. That’s why there is a 24-hour news cycle, talk radio, ...

A Company Man Culture

Author: Josh PattersonCategory: General, Culture

In the 1920s there was a considerable amount of labor unrest in the United States following WWI. The workload production of the nation softened as the demands for wartime goods declined. The cost for food and clothing skyrocketed, and patriotic motivations for labor waned. It was in this climate of unrest that the term “company man” was coined.

Real Repentance

Author: Blake ChiltonCategory: General, Theology

I recently studied the book of Jonah and grew in my love for it once again. I love the age-old story of a man being swallowed by a large fish – an event I would love to witness at some point in my life. I also love Jonah’s highly emotive character. I mean, seriously, how can you be praising God’s salvific power in one moment only to pout like a 3-year-old girl the next day because God ...

Hills to Die On

Author: Brandon BarkerCategory: General

Bill Seal once told me that "if you fight for everything, eventually no one’s listening and you get nothing.” This remains one of the best leadership lessons I’ve learned, and I needed to hear it. At the time, my operating assumption was if something was worthy of my opinion, that opinion was worthy of being heard. There are times when this is true, but if applied universally, you’ll ...

I Hope I Don’t End Up in Heaven - Part 2

Author: Clint PatronellaCategory: Culture, Theology

So what will our new resurrected bodies be like? Paul writes in Philippians that his desire is to know Christ and the power of His resurrection so that he would attain his own resurrection (Phil. 3:8-11). On the one hand, the Bible doesn’t give us the exact details of the resurrected body. On the other hand, we are not completely unknowledgeable of what it will be like. We see through a mirror ...

I Hope I Don’t End Up in Heaven - Part 1

Author: Clint PatronellaCategory: Culture, Theology

Most people have some element of confusion when it comes to life after death. Popular belief is that the final, ultimate “resting” place after we die or when all is said and done is “heaven.” But is this true? Is this what the Scriptures teach? This belief is often more informed by pop culture than the Scriptures. Sometimes preachers are so hell-bent on “saving” you – going to ...

Good Friday Reflections on Isaiah 53

Author: Anne Lincoln HolibaughCategory: Culture, Theology

Yet it was the LORD's will to crush him and cause him to suffer, and though the LORD makes his life a guilt offering, he will see his offspring and prolong his days, and the will of the LORD will prosper in his hand. After the suffering of his soul, he will see the light of life and be satisfied; by his knowledge my righteous servant will justify many, and he will bear their iniquities. Isaiah ...

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