Seasons Change

December 5, 2016 | Posted by Billy Brath

I was visiting my parents this past fall and, just like the rest of the country, my parent’s home was adorned with pumpkins, changing leaves, scarecrows, etc. Unlike most of the country, though, my folks put out plastic UV resistant pumpkins, fake leaves, and none of us have any idea what scarecrows are for. My […]

 

Greater Expectations

December 1, 2016 | 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 […]

 

Discipling the Third Generation

November 28, 2016 | Posted by Will Miller

I was taught by a career missionary to think about two questions principally when making disciples of Jesus Christ. The first question is, “What do you want the disciple of Jesus to be?” And the second is, “What do you want the disciple of Jesus to do?” These have served as helpful questions that make […]

 

What does it mean to “Live Boldly”...

November 21, 2016 | Posted by Karl Galik

Live. Boldly. At first glance, the call to live boldly may sound like familiar leadership or motivational mumbo jumbo. This calling, however, is neither mumbo nor jumbo, but it may be defined as absurd. Let’s unfold. What we don’t need is another call to just do it manifest in various media platforms and sold in […]

 

New Approach to Raising Money

November 14, 2016 | Posted by Art Scherer

A member of the congregation to which I belong asked how they might raise funds for our Food Bank outreach ministry. Among my responses was “Have you tried crowdfunding?” It’s an approach I see being used more frequently by churches and individuals. Crowdfunding is the process of raising money for a particular cause from a […]

 

What Happened to Kindness?

November 10, 2016 | Posted by Randy Raasch

It seems to me that our culture isn’t as kind as it once was. Road rage plagues our travel. Cable news shows pit political foes against each other, who shout at one another. Radio talk show hosts use abrasive terms to identify the people who don’t agree with them. Internet bloggers make a living by […]