Greater Expectations

December 15, 2017 | Posted by Dominic Rivkin

So here’s how I imagine things went down: John the Baptizer is locked up in a tiny cell. In the deep darkness of this smelly prison, he wonders what has gone wrong. He adjusts his itchy camel-hair tunic and paces back and forth, playing the whole thing over in his head. This crazy call to […]

 

Ministering to the Chronically Ill: The Do...

October 12, 2017 | Posted by Art Scherer

“Well, you certainly don’t look sick.” That’s a common response received by people with chronic diseases (e.g., diabetes, lupus, certain forms of cancer, MS, fibromyalgia, Crohn’s disease, and many others.) when they speak to someone about their illness. Because the majority of people with chronic diseases do not usually look sick, chronic illness is often […]

 

Ease Resistance With 3 Powerful Steps

September 20, 2017 | Posted by Jeff Meyer

“I hate missional. The term makes my skin crawl. Every time I hear it, I just want to run away. I’m so tired of it.” One of our lifeGroup leaders shared this at a recent leadership training session. A member of his group had apparently had enough of the training and encouragement to “be missional.” […]

 

Why I Have an Identity Problem and You May To...

September 13, 2017 | Posted by Peter Kelm

Editor’s Note: On September 11, 2017, Rev. Peter Kelm entered the arms of Jesus after a heroic battle with cancer. Later this week Peter’s family, friends, and parishioners will gather to mourn his death and rejoice in the sure and certain hope of the resurrection to everlasting life and a joyful reunion with those we […]

 

Introverts in the Church

August 29, 2017 | Posted by Art Scherer

Statistics indicate that introverts make up about one-third to one-half of the general population. If that’s the case, it may be that nearly half of our congregations are made up of introverts. We talk in the Apostles’ Creed about “the Holy Christian Church, the communion of saints,” but what does it mean to be part […]

 

Transparency and Forgiveness

August 14, 2017 | Posted by Ken Chitwood

It’s a slow creep. Maybe it starts with a simple deception, just keeping a simple offense secret. Then, it was the lust you kept locked behind closed doors and passwords. Then, it was the jealousy that boiled within you as you saw the success of your co-laborers. Suddenly, your life is a tangled mess of […]