Church

The Divine Drama

BY PAUL DUNK

If I don't preach Christ, then there's really no reason anyone should roll out of bed on Sunday to hear anything I have to say. Everything about "church," apart from Jesus, can be found elsewhere. Music that gives you the feels? Make a playlist. Kids programs? Get out and explore your city

The Divine Drama

Pastor Of Disaster

BY MATT JOHNSON

How are things at your church? Are people getting saved in droves, are there mass baptisms every Sunday, is giving at an all-time high, and are your members model citizens and pillars of the community? If so, praise God. Keep working hard. Ride the wave and enjoy it.

Pastor Of Disaster

The Truly Good Shepherd

BY MARTIN LUTHER

You have heard that after his sufferings and death Christ our Lord arose from the dead and entered upon, and was enthroned in, an immortal existence. Not that he might sit up there in heaven idly and find pleasure in himself, but that he might take charge of the kingdom

The Truly Good Shepherd

When The Old Adam Goes Church Shopping

BY DONAVON RILEY

If I’m going to join your church, there’s some things I’ll need to know first. I need to know whether you practice a Christianity that’s primarily a to-do list. Do you emphasize the Christian and his performance? After all, if I don’t do the right thing and avoid the wrong things how will I know what God thinks of me?

When The Old Adam Goes Church Shopping

Grace & The Umbrella Academy

BY BLAKE FLATTLEY

Netflix just recently released a series called The Umbrella Academy, another comic book series adapted for screen. The first season is all about warding off the impending apocalypse. If you haven’t seen the show, I’ll do my best not to spoil it for you.

Grace & The Umbrella Academy

Ordinary Joy

BY DONAVON RILEY

She said, “Keep coming back, and you’ll know joy.” He wanted to vomit a rainbow of resentment, bitterness, and loathing all over her faux-leather boots. He already knew about joy. It was horrible stuff. Christians kept trying to rip it out of their hearts to share with him.

Ordinary Joy

I’d Never Go to That Church

BY DONAVON RILEY

Would you go to the church on the corner knowing that the pastor is an ex-con? What about the congregation three streets over, where the pastor is prone to lying? You know which one. The pastor at the store-front church who’s always questioning the truth about what the Gospels say about Jesus?

I’d Never Go to That Church

The Baptism that Swallowed the Rocks

BY BRUCE HILLMAN

The Church is a community. But the Church is not like other communities. That probably sounds arrogant. Is the Church’s community really different from all other communities? Yes. And for reasons that hardly seem evident at first glance.

The Baptism that Swallowed the Rocks

Why Do We Go to Church?

BY RYAN COUCH

For most of my Christian experience I was taught and I taught others that church was primarily a place to go to serve, to use your gifts, to bless others. “You don’t go to church to be served but to serve!” This became for me a mantra that I championed for many years as a pastor.

Why Do We Go to Church?

Out of Ammo

BY BRANDON HANSON

So there’s this famous quote that you may have heard in one form or another around the interwebs. I think I finally found the original quote and who said it (but let me know if you think I’m mistaken): “The Christian army is the only army that shoots and buries its wounded.” -Dr. Freddie Gage

Out of Ammo

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

Secure In His Righteousness

BY DOMINICK SANTORE

Allow me to paint a picture for you: I knew a man in my old neighborhood. He was an old leathery-faced balding biker with facial tattoos. He was the kind of guy that when you saw him, and his scowl heading in your direction, you thought about crossing the street, just in case. I met him at my old church’s neighborhood food pantry.

Secure In His Righteousness

Messy Saints

BY ERICK SORENSEN

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.

Messy Saints

Shut Out

BY BONNIE PETROSCHUK

For many years, I read this as a “salvation” verse.  Jesus is knocking on the door of the hearts of the unsaved, asking to come in.  To me, it represented individual free will regarding the choice each must make as to whether or not to answer Jesus’ knock...

Shut Out

Come And See

BY DOMINICK SANTORE

I know it’s hard for some people to put aside old ideas and notions about Christianity, Christians, and church in general. It’s a dug-in skepticism that’s born from a life of bad experiences, and even worse Christian jargon and teachings. It’s pushing back against all of it.

Come And See

The Brown-Skinned Racist

BY JESSICA DELGADO

I’ve never been more consciously aware of the color of my skin than I am right now. I’ve never been more in awe, more afraid, more grateful for the dosage of melanin that belongs to me. Yet, for all my cherishing, I’m still trying to figure it out.

The Brown-Skinned Racist

Plankeyed: Vice, Virtue & The Christian

BY MARTIN LUTHER

Naturally each individual forgets the beam in his own eye and perceives only the mote in his neighbor’s. One will not bear with the faults of the other; each requires perfection of his fellow. 

Plankeyed: Vice, Virtue & The Christian

The Church Is A Homeless Shelter

BY SCOTT DAVIS

I pastor a small church. We have a ministry in our community that we’ve supported for a number of years.It is a homeless men’s mission.One Sunday evening a month we meet there around supper time and cook a big batch of spaghetti, along with green beans, garlic bread and cookies.

The Church Is A Homeless Shelter