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Look for the Helpers and Have the Conversations You Also Don’t Have Answers For

I was in middle school when two students brought guns into Columbine High School and committed mass murder of their students, teachers, peers. I remember coming home from school on the bus, being by myself in the house, and watching the news. I remember what happened consuming my thoughts for weeks to come. I was in high school when a father and his son shot people in t...

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How Christians Pass On Their Faith, The Long List of Resources

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How Christians Pass On Their Faith, The Long List of Resources...

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Being a Parent is Intimidating Enough So How Can I Be the One to Pass On My Faith?

Being a Parent is Intimidating Enough So How Can I Be the One to Pass On My Faith?...

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How Christians Use Technology

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"Thus the heavens and the earth were completed in all their vast array. By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. Then God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done." Genesis 2: 1-3 This past Sunday we looked at How Christians Use...

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How Christians Fight

2 Corinthians 5:18-19 All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people's sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. Christians fight. We do. Christians are people and people fight. What can hopefull...

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How Christians Read the Bible

This blog is a follow up to the sermon from this past Sunday "How Christians Read the Bible." To listen to that sermon, go to I remember a few weeks ago we were all making preparations, running to libraries to get glasses, and in general going a bit crazy for the eclipse. I watched the eclipse from my house, alone. And as the ecli...

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How Christians _________


[Jesus said,] "If you love me, you will keep my commandments." John 14:15 I thought I'd won the argument. As a kid I wanted to watch the TV show The Simpsons, something that wasn't allowed in my family. But I had recently learned that a neighborhood friend was allowed to watch it and I returned to my parents sure that another kid being allowed to watch this show proved ...

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Pushing Boundaries to a Bigger Faith


Pushing Boundaries to a Bigger Faith...

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I literally can't even: redux

Oliver Wendell Holmes is supposed to have said, "Most people are willing to take the Sermon on the Mount as a flag to sail under, but few will use it as a rudder by which to steer." So I know that a lot of times, perhaps too many times, I begin sermons by telling cute stories about my son Patrick. And he gives me a lot of material. He's a good, sweet boy who knows more ...

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13 Reasons Why and When Kids Hurt

This blog post is another reflection about the Netflix show 13 Reasons Why. Our Family and Youth Coordinator, Brenda Amodea, has written a reflection about it on our blog posted here. Brenda writes from a perspective of years spent on the front lines of ministry with young people and immense wisdom gained from that experience. She also references a number of other articles...

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