Current Events

A Day For All Sinners and Saints

BY KYLE G JONES

It’s been my experience that All Saints’ Day, celebrated on November 1st and observed on the first Sunday following, gets overshadowed by the celebration of Reformation Day. This often overlooked church holiday embraces every major aspect of Christianity and grounds the Christian in realities only realized in Christ.

A Day For All Sinners and Saints

CHF/Hattiesburg Recap

On September 15th we held a City Event in Hattiesburg, Mississippi at Saint Johns Lutheran Church. It was an incredible day of teaching, singing and fellowship. We are so grateful for all who came out. We will be releasing the content over the next few weeks but in the meantime here is a photo recap of the event.

CHF/Hattiesburg Recap

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Altar Call

BY WAYNE STENDER

This is my fifteenth year on staff at Bible camp. The path to the snack shop is well worn, and I’m an expert at carpet ball. The closing ceremonies of camp are routine after a decade in the ministry. The speaker closes his final message, slapping his Bible against the podium.

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Altar Call

Ideology, Theology, and Women Without Tattoos.

BY KELSI KLEMBARA

You may have seen the uproar from a recent blog post suggesting that virgins who forego college, learn to cook big meals and abstain from tattoos make more desirable wives. The graphic for the article features a pretty, blonde woman (with ink-free skin, of course) and a curly typeface plastered over the bottom of the image reading, “Men prefer debt free virgins without tattoos.”

Ideology, Theology, and Women Without Tattoos.

We Are Nicholas

BY JAKE ALLSTAEDT

Pictures of God’s grace for us in and through His Son, Jesus, can be found in the most unlikely places. Recently, I witnessed one such picture of God’s grace during WrestleMania 34. That’s right. WrestleMania. Professional wrestling’s most popular pay-per-view event of the year.

We Are Nicholas

Chocolate Bunnies, Bouncy Houses, Bread And Wine

BY SCOTT DAVIS

Let’s be honest, Easter Sunday is a day when many people who are not usually regular church goers come to church. Also, people who’ve become dissatisfied with their church sometimes do a little “church shopping” on this particular Sunday. As a result, us church folks really try to put on our game face and put our best foot forward.

Chocolate Bunnies, Bouncy Houses, Bread And Wine

God at the Feet of Sinners

BY JESSICA THOMPSON

The disciples and Christ have just finished their last meal together. The disciples, of course, didn't know this, but Jesus did. As an act displaying his humility and kindness, he kneels before them. Jesus "who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant,” lays aside his outer garments.

God at the Feet of Sinners

Every Sunday, a Mini Advent

BY KYLE G JONES

We practice walking backward into the future every December despite using forward-facing language. The evidence hangs on our Christmas trees. Twenty-year-old childhood crafts, hand-me-downs from generations past, gifts to mark special occasions.

Every Sunday, a Mini Advent

Can I Love Someone Who Has Done Bad Things?

BY ERICK SORENSEN

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.

Can I Love Someone Who Has Done Bad Things?

HWSS Conference Recap

On October 19-21, 500 people gathered in San Diego to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. This event presented by 1517 the Legacy Project, was full of incredible teaching, music, food, and fellowship. The media will be released in a few weeks but until then here is a photo recap of some of what happened those three days.

HWSS Conference Recap

In the Face of Suffering

BY BONNIE PETROSCHUK

During my recent trip to visit my daughter and her family, my son-in-law got me hooked on Leah Remini’s A&E show, Scientology and the Aftermath.  Remini, who was a lifelong Scientologist, left the organization in 2013 ...

In the Face of Suffering

Postmodernism, Charlottesville and the Hope to Come….

BY BRUCE HILLMAN

“Are you Republican or Democrat?” “Liberal or conservative?” “Yankees or Red Sox?” “Star Wars or Star Trek?” Life presents us with lots of important choices and often times they are presented to us as binaries. Binaries are opposites of which one must choose a side...

Postmodernism, Charlottesville and the Hope to Come….

When Turkeys Preach

BY CHAD BIRD

It’s strange that we’ll stuff our mouths today with a bird whose life preaches against us. For consider the turkeys, which neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Turkeys don’t worry, don’t horde, don’t complain.

When Turkeys Preach

Chosen

BY KATHY STRAUCH

A significant election is quickly approaching. A candidate will be chosen to hold the highest office in our nation. As a result, media is saturated with candidates promoting themselves, interviewing with journalists, and debating opponents all insisting and entreating the voter; choose me.

Chosen

Rejecting the Gospel?

BY ERICK SORENSEN

Over the last 11 months I’ve spent the bulk of my time working to plant a church in New York City. That meant lots of praying, lots of planning, lots of meetings, lots of training, lots of fundraising and lots of other amorphous stuff outside of my control.

Rejecting the Gospel?