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Freedom, Righteousness, Justice

In the Old Testament, the “Promised Land” was a literal, physical place. The Promised Land was on the west side of the Jordan River, meaning that it was NOT part of the wilderness. God also promised this land would be full of peace and abundance, flowing with the…   Read More »

At Home Worship Guide

These next three Sundays, we’ll be worshipping via Livestreamed services only. We’re pre-recording these services to leave room for staff vacations, but the services will air at 10:00 am — and be available to stream any time after that. To get to the services,…   Read More »

Glossary of Terms Part 3: Social Justice

We are at a moment in society and the Church where it is essential for us to speak about matters of race, justice, and righteousness. It’s crucial that we define our terms with loving precision so that we can make Kingdom-of-God progress rather than descend into the misunderstanding,…   Read More »

A Glossary of Terms, Part 2

We are at a moment in society and the church where it is essential for us to speak about matters of race, justice, and righteousness. It’s crucial that we define our terms with loving precision so that we can make Kingdom-of-God progress rather than descend into the misunderstanding,…   Read More »

A Glossary of Terms

In order to have a productive conversation, it’s essential that parties have a common understanding of the concepts being discussed and definitions of the words being used.  We are at a moment in society and the church where it is essential for us to speak about matters of…   Read More »

Can We Agree?

When the allied armies landed on the beaches of Normandy on June 6, 1944, they did so under the conviction that there was “strength in unity.” In contrast, the Nazi strategy for defeating the allies and extending their unjust powers was to “divide and…   Read More »

WHAT’S NEXT? Let’s Take This Outside

Usually the words, “Let’s take this outside” are followed by a fight or altercation. Today, as we officially enter Phase 3: Recovery of the Restore Illinois plan in response to COVID-19, “Let’s take this outside” is a fine summary of the new…   Read More »

Memorial Day Prayer 2020 - A Prayer to Share

  For use privately, or around the dinner table Hi Friends,  Memorial Day weekend is almost here. It will be different this year, no doubt, but it’s still a holiday dedicated to celebrating the freedoms we enjoy, and honoring those who sacrificed life and blood to…   Read More »

Memorial Day Remembrances

Each Memorial Day, as I reflect on those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country, I think about a young mother, a tiny baby boy, and a brave Marine named Shane. I never met Shane, but I first heard about him and his family almost 16 years ago.  We had recently moved to…   Read More »

Why Are We Here?

The Bible has a curious answer to one of our core existential questions. When we ask, “Why are we here?”, God responds: “To get married!” This is true — and appropriate — whether you are young, old, male, female, already married or single. Let…   Read More »

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