Beyond the Bulletin

From Drums to Drums

If I've done it once, I've done it a million times. Come home from work, unload my belongings in the entryway, greet the kids screaming (in joy or crisis, whatever the lot that day), and seek out my sweet wife for a kiss and an update of the day's activities. And every few months she greets me with a particular »

The Value of Devotional Reading

In a previous blog article, I addressed the importance of reading books that present doctrinal content. In this article, I will discuss the need for the other important component: devotional reading. The Bible says, “watch over your heart with all diligence” (Proverbs 4:23). One way we can do this is to stir the heart by reading things that are »

Giving Honors God

The story of brothers Cain and Abel centers on an offering. In another sense, we could think of the story as centering on giving. Cain and Abel knew that to approach God, to enter into relationship with their Creator, they had to make sacrifices – give – to the Lord. Moreover, their approach reveals that there was a blueprint for how one »

Books About God: The Knowledge of the Holy

Books often start with a ‘catch’—something to start readers feeling eager for more. Charles Williams’ War in Heaven, for example, begins with: “The telephone rang without result, since there was no one in the room but the corpse.” Decades ago, students were often required to memorize the opening lines of Dickens’ Tale of Two Cities: “It was the best »

The Rewarder

On any given Saturday, chances are good that I’ll be paying a visit to the local hardware store for the odds and ends that need to be done around the house. When I go, I’ll typically bring one or more of my boys with me, just to make the most of our time. And so, one by one, »

For the Cause

As spring approaches each year, ABEFC hosts an annual Missions Conference, a weekend focused on worship, teaching, and fellowship centered around our common goal to "go, and make disciples of all nations." (Matthew 28:19) Every gathering during those few days is an opportunity to place before our eyes Christ's commission, to be inspired by God's work in the nations »

Beyond the Print Directory

Hopefully you've picked up your copy of this year's church photo directory. If not, you can find one at the Welcome Center in the foyer or you can contact the church office to get one. Our annual print directory is pretty convenient, but it quickly becomes inaccurate. A lot can change during the year. New families are joining our church, »

Pastor Ben is Leaving

Pastor Ben is leaving. Somehow, when the time eventually came for me to break the news to my kids, there didn’t seem to be a much easier way to say it. As I shared those difficult words around our dinner table, my girls began to cry and my boys sat in stunned silence. Then came the questions. Why? Where? »

The Importance of Doctrine and Devotion

In addition to our reading of Scripture, there are two important categories of Christian reading: doctrine and devotion. Both are important, for if we have doctrinal knowledge to the exclusion of devotional warmth, we have only sterile, cold orthodoxy. On the other hand, if we have devotional warmth to the exclusion of doctrine, we will lack content to our faith. »

Books About God: Future Grace

Turtles lay a hundred eggs, cover them with sand, wish them luck, and head back to sea. Heartless reptiles. We humans tend to prefer warm-blooded, warm-hearted animals (such as bears, chimps, and penguins) that nurture their young and even appear to love them. Do you sometimes feel that God is heartless? Sure, He rescued us, showing grace when we were »