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Why Easter Is This Weekend....And Every Weekend

Easter is this weekend, and it will be one we’ll always remember. Instead of overflowing crowds at churches, churches will be empty and people will worship from their homes. Instead of families gathering around the table for a meal, they will be gathering around computer screens for video...

Confidence in a Time of Uncertainty: Assurance of Our Salvation

We are living in a time of great uncertainty and most of us have many questions. How long will this pandemic last? When will life return to normal? What if I (or my loved ones) contract the virus -- or pass it along to others? Our lives have been turned upside down and many of us are unsure of...

The Essentials for Christians

Since our lives have been interrupted by COVID-19 and the requirements for social distancing, I decided to take a break from the series on church history (our family heritage of Christians).  As governments issue “stay-at-home” or “shelter-in-place” orders that say...

Thoughts for Times Like These

My friend and colleague Nathan Prairie has served as the pastor of the Beecher campus of Faith Church for the past 8 years. When he announced in February that he would be transitioning out of his role as pastor in mid-March, he did not plan or foresee that it would be in the middle of a...

Learning from Christians in Previous Times of Health Crisis

As the country seeks to contain the coronavirus, we are living in a time like we have never encountered before. However, this is not the first time Christians have faced a significant health crisis. In fact, one of the hallmarks of “our family history” of Christians has been the way...

The Church in the Middle Ages: The Emergence of Roman Catholicism and Eastern Orthodoxy

While there were differences between churches in various towns and regions from the earliest days of the church, the Middle Ages saw the development of two distinct traditions or trajectories in terms of the church in the West and in the East, with the West reflecting Roman Catholicism (from...

The Church in the Middle Ages - The Rise and Contribution of Monks

The blog posts over the past couple of months have journeyed through the first few centuries of our family heritage as Christians. For the month of March, we now move into what is often labeled the “Middle Ages” or “Medieval Period” (essentially 500-1500). I feel like...

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