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In Defense of Sadness

Author: Anne Lincoln HolibaughCategory: Theology

There are some joys that are only possible on the other side of sorrow. -John Piper Sadness is a holy emotion. I don’t know many people, though, who welcome it as such. Most of the time, we run away from sadness as fast as we can. And who can blame us? Being sad feels…bad. It’s painful and sometimes scary. We feel small and exposed by the fact that we’re not quite as ...

Jesus Was a Fetus

Author: JT EnglishCategory: Culture, Theology

In recent weeks, several videos have surfaced that show officials from Planned Parenthood discussing the sale of body parts from aborted children. These conversations include details about the monetary value of specific body parts and how “less crunchy” techniques may procure more intact parts. The language used and the cavalier tone in which murder is considered are gut wrenching. ...

The Pursuit of Peace

Author: Beth BroomCategory: Theology

For those of us who struggle with fear and anxiety, peace seems like a fleeting feeling or even an elusive dream. Our minds race, our hearts worry, and we can’t seem to find a moment of quiet amid all the possible things that could go wrong in life. But for all who are willing to look closely at their hearts and then beyond themselves toward God, there is good news. Peace is accessible. ...

Old-School Discipleship

Author: Matt McCauleyCategory: Theology, Ministry

“I just accepted Jesus! Now what?” If you were given the charge of teaching a brand-new, baby Christian the elementary foundations of the faith, where would you start? What would you use to prepare them for right thinking and right living for their new life in Jesus Christ? Some would suggest reading through a book of the Bible, like the Gospel of John or Romans. Others would ...

What Is a Creed?

Author: Kyle WorleyCategory: Theology

This past weekend, our church body began a 12-week sermon series and study of The Apostles’ Creed. But what, exactly, is a “creed”? You may be thinking, “Isn’t Creed an alt-rock band from the 90s?” Certainly, Creed did a good job of asking the question, “Can You Take Me Higher?” But when Christians talk about creeds, the question we’re asking ...

You’re Not That Busy

Author: Jenna LuskCategory: Culture, Worship

The conversation goes something like this: “How was your weekend?”“Oh, it was good! I had to work a couple of hours on Saturday, but it wasn’t that bad.”“Bummer! I took the kids to a birthday party, and then I had to run a lot of errands. But I also got to start this new book I’ve been wanting to for awhile.”“You’re so lucky. I wish I ...

How Culture Disciples Us

Author: David RoarkCategory: Culture

We hold a misconception about discipleship: that it’s a merely Christian idea, only taking place at weekend worship services, on weeknights in groups and in the mornings or evenings when we “spend time with the Lord.” On the contrary, discipleship is taking place all around us and in us every day. Whether we realize it or not, we are being shaped and formed by the movies and TV ...

The Secret to Making Kingdom Citizens

Author: Zach LeeCategory: Theology

What is the gospel? Some may wonder why I’ve started with such a simple question. Isn’t the gospel that we are justified by faith alone? Isn’t the gospel about personal salvation and faith in Jesus? Isn’t the gospel about how we can go to heaven when we die? These are common answers to the question, but what if none of these are fully correct definitions of the gospel? ...

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