Violence & the Second Sin

Cain said to his brother Abel, “Let’s go out to the field.” And while they were in the field, Cain attacked his brother Abel and killed him. -Genesis 4:8 It happened again. Another troubled young man. Another school. Another hour of terror. Another heartbreaking loss. Our culture is scrambling for answers. Again. Is tighter gunContinue reading “Violence & the Second Sin”

Reclaim Your Time

Pay careful attention, then, to how you live—not as unwise people but as wise— making the most of the time, because the days are evil. —Ephesians 5:15-16 Every day we make decisions about what to prioritize.  To be fair, it’s a constant challenge to pause in the busyness of our lives and reflect on whatContinue reading “Reclaim Your Time”

We Really Need This Christmas

So, it’s been a rough year. Maybe not in actuality worse than others, but as a nation, we are reeling. Our news feeds have been filled with constant crises- conflict between ethnic groups, an embattled and shocking election, a string of deadly and destructive hurricanes, an avalanche of high profile sexual assault accusations, more embattledContinue reading “We Really Need This Christmas”

Does God Need the Pope’s Protection?

Pope Francis has suggested revising the statement in the Lord’s Prayer from Matthew 6:13 from “lead us not into temptation,” to “do not let us fall into temptation.” This is exactly what French Roman Catholics have recently decided to do, changing the wording from et ne nous soumets pas à la tentation (“and subject usContinue reading “Does God Need the Pope’s Protection?”

Persecution in Milan

We received word yesterday that the city of Milan, Italy is actively seeking to prevent Punto Lode (“Point of Praise”), our sister church, from meeting for corporate worship in their building. Last Sunday morning police came to Punto Lode and threatened “an eminent closure of the building.” Punto Lode is a vibrant, gospel preaching churchContinue reading “Persecution in Milan”