The “other side” of being God’s heirs

Romans 8:15-18 claims that we who trust what God has done in Jesus are put into a right relationship with God—a relationship that includes being in God’s family as children, and therefore, also heirs of God’s reign and future. Pretty exciting stuff! Except Paul throws in the somewhat unwelcome reminder that this includes being an

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What does “God with us” look like?

The story of Joseph and his brothers is one of those Bible stories many people know well—so well we might miss the audaciousness of what’s really being said about God’s relationship with us: Genesis 39:1-4  “Now Joseph was taken down to Egypt, and Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh, the captain of the guard, an Egyptian,

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Blessed are they

Our youth group studied and discussed the Beatitudes while camping in Indiana last week. The following is a post-camping reflection by one of the chaperones, Laura L. Brenneman. We hope you take a moment to join the youth in reflecting on and learning from this rich section of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount. ————- Over

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God the Creator and the Gift of Life

Today, I want to include a response to my recent teaching on “God’s Story Goes On:  God the Creator Who Gives the Gift of Life.”  I deeply appreciate responses to my teachings, and thought this one should be shared.  Bill Glithero sent this delightful response that I entitled “Our Unlikely World.”  Enjoy! ~ Pastor Ron

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Rethinking relationships between Christians and Muslims

On Sunday, we just observed the 10 year anniversary of the destruction of the Twin Towers, a wing of the Pentagon, and the plane downed near Shanksville, PA—dastardly deeds which no amount of pleading can excuse.

Having said that, and meaning it, I would like to also say that the attitude many Christians have toward Muslims in general is also pretty inexcusable. It seems like a good time to look back at biblical history and then look forward to a new understanding.

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YAHWEH: Who Won’t Be Pushed Away

Hosea is a book (and a person) I find both amazingly endearing and terrifying. What if the God of the universe really is like Hosea experienced Yahweh to be? Incarnation of God’s love in his servants was not a claim that began with Jesus. It runs through Jeremiah and Isaiah, but is nowhere among the

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What if life really is a gift?

John 5:19-24: “Jesus said to them, ‘Very truly, I tell you, the Son can do nothing on his own, but only what he sees the Father doing; for whatever the Father does, the Son does likewise. The Father loves the Son and shows him all that he himself is doing; and he will show him

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If God can do it alone, why involve us?

I was recently involved in a discussion group in which this question was raised: Why would God choose to involve me in a process he could clearly handle alone? Not surprisingly, it brought about some interesting discussion. Here are some of the insights I remember (hopefully pretty clearly) from the discussion: – Perhaps sometimes God

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Joyful Jesus?

This past Sunday was so enjoyable for me: Worshiping, eating, playing, listening to spontaneous music, talking, watching—all with my dear sisters and brothers of New Covenant Fellowship on a gorgeous day in a beautiful park. It all reminded me how much it means to me that Jesus was a joyful person who enjoyed both God

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How much should we rely on commentary when reading the Bible?

“I recently heard about a group in a remote part of Africa that is hearing Bible stories translated aloud into their language for the first time, but without any explanation or  commentary. They are coming to very interesting and wise biblical interpretations. What do you think about this approach?” This question was posed in a

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