When I was a kid, I really enjoyed Legos. Many hours were spent on the floor combing through piles of pieces, hunting for the exact shape and shade I needed to complete the next step in assembling whatever spaceship or castle I was constructing that day. Then, when completed, the playing began as my imagination […]
Thomas Jefferson is one of our most founding-est of Founding Fathers. He wrote the Declaration of Independence, and he was a master of agriculture, architecture, and many other subjects. He was also a very devoted follower of Jesus’ teachings. So why did his political opponents in 1800 call him a “howling atheist”? Well, probably because of things like this: he cut out parts of the Bible!
I think I’m too busy to celebrate Easter. I’ve got too much stuff to do. As I write this, I’ve got a sick kid next to me who’s home from school, which means lots of tending to him and less working. (As long as he doesn’t throw up on the carpet, I’ll be all right.) […]
As a concerned parent who worries about my young kids, we talk about “stranger danger,” because I don’t want them to get hurt. But as a devoted Christian who wants to do what God wants me to, I remember that the Bible says to welcome strangers because you might be welcoming angels (Heb. 13:2). Is there a middle ground between those two extremes?
Do we, as a church, care about people who are struggling financially, either in our community or around our state? Do we care about families who can’t afford to properly feed and clothe their kids? If not, then we can just move on. But if we do care about them, then here are important things we […]
I recently learned about a conference in England last summer intended to help people think about how churches can enable disabled people to be more involved in the life and mission of the church. The speakers were disabled themselves or worked closely with people who were–areas like physical disabilities, the deaf, autism, blindness, and learning disabilities, for […]
I loved the children’s message Sharon did a few weeks ago, when she held some pencils and asked, “What do they have in common?” The answer: all their erasers had been used up, so the people who used them must have made a lot of mistakes. And in life, we all make mistakes. But through […]
Having an always-online smartphone is great, but does that super-connectedness make us view life differently? Or even view God differently?? Do we expect God to answer our text messages as fast as we expect friends to?
Church shouldn’t be boring. Worship shouldn’t be boring. It’s intended to help people connect and communicate with the Creator of the universe. So if anything, it should be the complete opposite of boring. But first, we need to make sure our faith isn’t boring either.
A recent psychological study suggests that people “who are more actively religious are more likely to report low levels of anxiety, depression, and fatigue–and feel that they cope with stress better and that their lives have meaning.” This is one of those things that church-goers have known for a long time, but it’s just nice to have scientific proof of now. It supports a ministry motto I like to use: “Church is good for the soul.”
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