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Carrying On After Jesus Is ‘Gone’

Jesus’ Ascension seems to happen at a rather inopportune time. For those following a liturgical church calendar, Pentecost is generally viewed as the climactic moment of Eastertide. In Acts 2, the Holy Spirit came with stunning fanfare on the little band of believers huddled down praying in that Upper Room. The commotion drew the attention […]

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Abounding Love: My Life with Chronic Illness

A decade of deep suffering has led me to ask a lot of hard questions. I can recall hearing the words “chronic illness” being spoken from a stage twice in my lifetime. Once was during a worship service during my orientation to Wheaton College in 2016. The other was also at Wheaton College, this time […]

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God Understands Hard, Thankless Parenting

Mother’s Day is difficult for many. But Scripture portrays a Father who knows our plight. Come Monday morning, restaurants will recoup from their most lucrative day of the year. Florists will sweep away the wilted and bruised blooms that weren’t pretty enough to get picked. Drugstores will clear away the pastel riot of picked-over Mother’s […]

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The Importance of Volunteers in the Church

To all volunteers, thank you for the ways you serve Christ and his church. Most of us know how essential volunteers are to making sure our churches are as effective as they need to be. Churches need to develop an ethos of valuing volunteers, but in order for churches to thrive, they would do best […]

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Should Pastors Podcast Their Sermons?

Experts weigh in. As popular pastors top Apple Podcasts’ Christian charts, some leaders celebrate widening the access to gospel teaching while others worry about discouraging Sunday attendance. Should pastors podcast their sermons? Here's how experts weighed in. Answers are arranged on a spectrum from “yes” answers at the top to “no” answers at the bottom. […]

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Junk for Jesus

Scripture invites us to give our firstfruits, not our fourthfruits. A few years ago, a copier was donated to our church. I can imagine the process that brought it to us: Another congregation, frustrated with its finicky copier, wanted to buy a new one but felt guilty about junking something that still worked. So they […]

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North Korea Frees American Christians

President Trump announced that the three prisoners have been released prior to his historic meeting with Kim Jong-un. Three Korean American evangelicals held as prisoners in North Korea for at least a year are now on their way home, President Donald Trump announced in a tweet this morning. “I am pleased to inform you that […]

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North Korea Frees American Christians

President Trump announced that the three prisoners have been released prior to his historic meeting with Kim Jong-un. Three Korean American evangelicals held as prisoners in North Korea for at least a year are now on their way home, President Donald Trump announced in a tweet this morning. “I am pleased to inform you that […]