Erick is married to Melissa and they have 3 boys together. He earned his Master of Divinity Degree from Lutheran Brethren Seminary and has served as a Pastor in Fontana, California and Staten Island, New York. He is a Christ Hold Fast Contributor, co-host of 30 Minutes in the New Testament, and also serves as the Chairman of Fifth Act Church Planting. In the Fall of 2015, Erick moved his family into the heart of Manhattan to plant Epiphany Lutheran Church.
The Corinthian Church was a mess. Factions, sexual immorality, lawsuits, false teaching, and a denial of the resurrection (!) are just a few of the issues this group of ragtag Christians were tangled up in. We would be reasonable to assume that the Apostle Paul’s interaction with them would begin with scathing rebuke and righteous anger.
Over the last few weeks it’s been painful and disappointing to hear the stories of victims that have been abused and assaulted by powerful celebrities, executives, and politicians. It seems every day we’re exposed to a new (seemingly credible) accusation against some influential person.
I don’t know about you, but when I go through something difficult, I find myself wanting to vent. Sometimes I vent to my wife, sometimes I vent to a friend, and sometimes I even vent to God in prayer. But is that okay? It is it acceptable to vent to God? I have come across people that say “No.”
BY ERICK SORENSEN
Far from boosting your self-esteem, the Bible does everything it can to deflate it. With descriptive phrases about us like we’re “dead in trespasses and sins”, what we’re shown is that we’re naturally hostile towards God and selfish towards others.
I so wish I could say the above statement was true about me. But if I'm honest, when I survey my life I don't exude much contentment: When I’m “brought low” I whine. When I face “hunger and need” and it’s not long before I’m snapping at someone. I’m not proud of it, I'm just confessing it.