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Theology

Welcome Others: What is Hospitality and Why Does it Matter?

Welcome Others: What is Hospitality and Why Does it Matter?

For the next few weeks on the blog we are going to be exploring the topic of Hospitality from a biblical perspective. Both globally and locally, there is a desperate need for a fresh obedience to this often neglected biblical command. Could it be that many of the ills that plague us today could be greatly muted if the people of God could hear with fresh ears Paul’s exhortation to the early Romans? He says, “Welcome others, just as God, in Christ, has welcomed you” (Romans 15:7).

The Power of a Heavenly Citizenship

The Power of a Heavenly Citizenship

This weekend, parties will be thrown, grills will be full, fireworks will be shot and fun will be had. It is good to celebrate July 4th. It is also good to do so sober mindedly, for the cultural and spiritual forces at work in our land right now are very strong, threatening to pull us apart at the very seams.

A Reflection on Our Justice Conversation

A Reflection on Our Justice Conversation

If you follow along on the blog regularly, you’ve probably noticed a pattern in the topics we’ve chosen to write on. You may remember a post from April called “What is Justice.” If you haven’t taken the time to read it, I highly recommend taking a few minutes to do so. This post kicked off a series of dozens of posts seeking to explain the root of injustice and expose its many facets. While our exposition on justice has been challenging and insightful, it has in no way been exhaustive.

The Story of Two Refugee Crises that Break the Mold

The Story of Two Refugee Crises that Break the Mold

For many of us, the modern refugee crisis hit our radar in September 2015 with a viral photo of a little Syrian boy named Alan Kurdi, laying facedown on a beach after trying to escape to Europe with his family. If someone asked me to describe the typical refugee, my mind would immediately go to stories like Alan’s – a Middle Eastern family fleeing violence in search of a better life. But, refugees don’t come in just one shape or size.

Guiding Principles of Fatherhood

Guiding Principles of Fatherhood

It’s April 3rd when I’m writing this. 5 years ago, my earthly father passed away from this life and entered into the unhindered presence of Jesus. I was there by his side, along with my mom and siblings. It was one of the holiest moments of my life.

Pentecost: The Purpose and Call

Pentecost: The Purpose and Call

June 5th is “Pentecost Sunday.” In the church, this day is a celebration of the people of God receiving the spirit of God as Jesus promised. This celebration recognizes the descent of the Holy Spirit on the disciples of Jesus after His crucifixion, resurrection and ascension. We celebrate Pentecost because as followers of Jesus, we too, receive empowerment from the Holy Spirit.

Intentional Remembering

Intentional Remembering

This Memorial Day creates an opportunity for intentional remembering, one that I hope we don’t miss. Perhaps you stop at one of the many beautiful veterans cemeteries in the area to pay your respects. Perhaps you take time to pray for those who have lost a loved one in service, or if you know someone, you reach out. Perhaps you go on a walk and just give yourself a little time of quiet and solitude in remembrance.

I Need to Know There is Justice

I Need to Know There is Justice

Music is one of the few experiences we have in this life that is truly magical. By some miracle, a collection of words and sounds can be combined to utterly transform our mood, our thinking, and overwhelm our soul with emotion. At times, our entire perspective can be altered as we inhabit the thoughts and emotions of another human being through the power of music. “Citizens” by Jon Guerra, I believe, is one of those experiences.