Beyond the Bulletin

Faith: Taking God for Granite

When studying speech errors, linguists often look for similar sounds (ask vs. axe, or nuclear pronounced as ‘nucular,’). Some errors affect both sound and meaning. A person says, “If you axe me…, ” for example, and gruesome violence comes to mind. Better meanings arise, though, if they complain of being ‘taken for granite’ (instead of granted). Being mistaken for rock, though, »

Yet Not I But Through Christ In Me

I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me. (Galatians 2:20) Not long ago I let my barely three-year-old son drive the car. »

King Forevermore (God the Uncreated One)

As our church continues to ponder the incredible beginning of God's story in the book of Genesis, certainly the middle and end of that story are not left unnoticed. In fact, the themes of Genesis 1-3 are recognized, rehearsed, retold, re-framed, remembered and rectified throughout the Bible. One does not see a Creator distant from His creation, but continually and »

Only a Holy God

"O LORD, God of Israel, there is no God like You, in heaven above or on earth beneath, keeping covenant and showing steadfast love to Your servants who walk before You with all their heart." (1 Kings 8:23) The incomparable nature and excellence of God is an ancient refrain in worship. God's people throughout history have been »

To Live Is Christ

Over 700 teens filled into an auditorium to listen to a pastor talk about living for Christ. Camp is an amazing time, and there is no other theme as relevant for the life of a teen than to ask the question, “who are you living for?” For many in the room they had grown up in the church and knew »