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When Leaders Fall

This year has been another year marked by headlines of church leaders being removed from their leadership positions due to misconduct. However, this year the stories have been even more notable because of the prominence of many of these pastors and also the nature off the misconduct. These...

Yom Kippur and the Christian

Yom Kippur was celebrated by Jews this week (the evening of September 18 through the evening of September 19). Yom Kippur means “Day of Atonement” in Hebrew (“Yom” means day, and “Kippur” means atonement). Yom Kippur was established by God in the Old...

Church Leaderships in 3P's

In past posts I have written about the offices of elders and deacons. These posts have included the basis and purpose of theses offices as discussed in Belgic Confession Article 30 and how they are selected and relate to each other (addressed in Belgic Confession Article 31) , with particular...

Suicide and the Church

Suicide is a difficult topic to discuss, but one that needs to be addressed as suicide rates continue to rise in the United States. A 2016 Center for Disease Control Study noted that suicide rates increased in nearly every state from 1999-2016, and this increase was across gender, age, racial...

Of Calendars, Holidays, and Rhythms

As we approach Labor Day weekend, I have been thinking about calendars, life patterns, and rhythms. While Labor Day originally was intended as a holiday to remember and celebrate the contributions of American workers, it has come to be known more for marking the end of summer. Similarly...

Jesus at the Table

In Faith Church’s current sermon series, “At the Table”, a couple of passages we’ve looked at are from the Gospel of Luke. Jesus having meals with people and often teaching at a table is a key theme in this gospel and in fact, many of these stories are found only in the...

Christians and Tattoos

A question I have received on multiple occasions as a pastor is whether it is okay for Christians to get tattoos. A verse that comes up in this discussion is Leviticus 19:28. This verse reads: "You shall not make any cuts on your body for the dead or tattoo yourselves: I am the Lord&rdquo...

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