What is the church? (Acts 2:42-27)

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Acts 2:42-27

As a pastor, numerous people have told me that if they were to walk into our church building, the roof would cave in. I jokingly reply, “It has not caved in on me yet.” Continue reading

Face to Face (Matthew 6:22-23)

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Submitted by Andy McIlvain.

Matthew 6:22-23

You and I have a unique and singular face. We have been seeing it in a mirror since we were young. We have watched it change as we age. Continue reading

What did Jesus do? (Romans 1:1-6)

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Romans 1:1-6

“If we seek strength, it lies in his dominion; if purity, in his conception; if gentleness, it appears in his birth. For by his birth he was made like us in all respects [Heb 2:17] that he might learn to feel our pain [cf. Heb 5:2]. If we seek redemption, it lies in his passion; if acquittal, in his condemnation; if remission of the curse, in his cross [Gal 3:13]; if satisfaction, in his sacrifice; if purification, in his blood; if reconciliation, in his descent to hell; if mortification of the flesh, in his tomb; if newness of life, in his resurrection; if immortality, in the same; if inheritance of the Heavenly Kingdom, in his entrance into heaven; if protection, if security, if abundant supply of all blessings, in his Kingdom; if untroubled expectation of judgement, in the power given to him to judge.” These are the words of the sixteenth century reformer John Calvin. Continue reading

Tikkun Olam (Proverbs 27:1)

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Submitted by Andy McIlvain.

Proverbs 27:1

I like to fix things. Most people do. It is a facet of our humanity that we create and repair. Life is short. And in our short sinful imperfect lives we are called by God to be co-regents, to participate in the restoration of the Kingdom of God in the here and now. So how do you and I repair/restore the world together; how do we repair ourselves, the people in the complex and paradoxical world in which we live? Continue reading

Why is the world a mess? (Genesis 3:1-7)

 

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Genesis 3:1-7

The Bible begins with the affirmation that both creation and humanity were created “very good” (Genesis 1:31). In last week’s article we discussed what it meant for humanity to be created good in God’s image (Genesis 1:26-27).

If God created humanity and creation good, what happened? Why all this strife, conflict, division, and suffering? Continue reading

Pray Without Ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:17)

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Submitted by Andy McIlvain.

1 Thessalonians 5:17

Prayer is difficult, even for the most disciplined. Life in our broken world is not sympathetic or understanding of prayer. The powers and principalities that surround us deem it irrelevant, and the Spiritual Forces that seek to discourage us also work to diminish its use and effectiveness. Continue reading

Are humans good? (Genesis 1:26-27)

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Genesis 1:26-27

Are human beings generally good or generally evil? How we answer that question affects how we view ourselves, view others, rear our children, and even how governments are formed? Continue reading

The Power of Cinema (Joel 1:3)

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Submitted by Andy McIlvain.

Joel 1:3

We live in a unique time in the history of the world. Our “being” in the world at this time and place is not only providential but sovereignly ordained. God Made you and I to be at this place at this time to help fulfill his will for humanity. One of our many joys in this life is to help other people live and flourish. Continue reading

Why is the Bible Soo Important? (2 Peter 1:19-21)

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2 Peter 1:19-21

Christians are people of the Book. Why is the Bible so important, if God makes himself known to us in many ways? Continue reading

Who Created the Heavens and the Earth? (Genesis 1:1)

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Genesis 1:1

The Bible begins with the words, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth (Genesis 1:1).” It is difficult to imagine nothing: no white room, no bright light, just nothing. Whether over seven literal days or through some instantaneous initiatory event, like a big bang, the Bible affirms that God spoke all creation into existence. Every star in the sky, celestial satellite, atom, molecule, tree leaf, and toenail resulted from God’s creative act. Continue reading