A degree of adaptation and change is appropriate as decades and generations come and go, but it seems wise to temper our passion for progress with humility as we look simultaneously to the past and the future.
Satan tells us “honest trifles.” He’s truthful about the possible gain of certain sinful actions, but he doesn’t tell us the whole story. The incredible destruction sin can cause is the real story of sin, but his temptations rave about only what we can get from sin.
It’s pretty common to hear someone quote or paraphrase Matthew 7:1, in which Jesus says, “Judge not, that ye be not judged.“ Often the person quoting the passage is objecting to being criticized for his behavior.
During my visit to Encompass World Partners’ headquarters, my heart was stirred by the clarity of the call God has given His people to “go therefore and make disciples of all nations.” It is evident from Genesis to Revelation that God is jealous for His name to be exalted to the ends of the earth.
This week most of our pastoral staff attend The Gospel Coalition National Conference in Indianapolis, IN along with 8,000 of our closest friends. Here are several takeaways from the conference…
God has told us to “make disciples of all nations.” If I’m honest, this is hard to do because there are a lot of people groups living in Columbus who are very different than me. I need help beginning new relationships with those who don’t share my culture and, in some cases, my language.
We believe God is able to do more than we can ask or imagine. We believe God is able to change hearts of stone into hearts of flesh. We believe that God is able to do the things that look impossible to us!
Grace Polaris Church and Pregnancy Decision Health Centers: this is a partnership that began 32 years ago when a task force was formed at Grace to investigate the possibility of establishing a pro-life pregnancy center in the northern part of Columbus.
If you’ve been a regular reader of this blog, thank you! I trust a few of these posts may remind you of some challenges you’ve received. If you only occasionally stumble upon the Pastors’ Blog, maybe you’ll be encouraged by some things you’ve missed.
As Christians, there is one thing in which we do find agreement when it comes to the office of the President of the United States of America, we must pray.
Kenyan voices rang over the parking lot, children jumped in massive bounce houses, and people ate food from several different cultures. There were tables set up with crafts, activities, and foods from Brazil, Ghana, Korea, China, Nigeria, and Mexico.
Technology is not the ultimate evil, in fact, it can be very helpful. But what we really need is time at the feet of Jesus. We need to regularly put down our connection to the world so that we can hear and feast on what God whispers to us about himself and ourselves.
There’s something really special about taking some time away from the normal routine of life and opening our hearts to what God wants to say to us. Conferences, retreats, and ministry trips like this are opportune times for students to hear God’s voice in a fresh way.
This poem is written largely from the perspective of one who does not know the hope beyond death that is offered in Christ. This under-the-sun perspective attempts to be honest about what life is like without the knowledge that Jesus is the resurrection and the life.
Could it be that the modern-day evangelical Christian puts too much of an incorrect emphasis on grace? No doubt, this seems like a rather dangerous question to pose at first glance. We may ask ourselves, “How could the pinnacle of salvation, being grace, possibly be over-emphasized?”
I would absolutely love being a contestant on The Amazing Race with my wife, Kim, but I’m not so sure we’d fare very well. While we are both very confident and competent finding our way around, we have an amazing capacity to speak two mutually exclusive navigational languages. We were reminded of this twice in the first 90 minutes of our 11-hour trip home from vacation just last week. “Which way!? I’ve got to know in 30 seconds!” This isn’t the best strategy for traveling safely.
Because of the amazing grace we’ve been given by God, we have an opportunity to be dispensers of grace to others, both through the Gospel message of Jesus, and in how we live our lives in relation to others.
Have you ever been so upset and angry at the world around you that you wished you lived in a different culture? I’m talking about more than just a desire for time travel, I’m talking about a longing to run because you are doubled over with disgust and can’t take the smell of society anymore.