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A Thought about Spiritual Gifts

Faith Church has been studying the 4 Gs (Gather, Grow, Give, and Go), four characteristics of those who follow Jesus. This past weekend we focused on “Give.” In keeping with that theme, I decided to write this week’s blog on spiritual gifts, as it is part of what we give (our...

3 Questions I Ask When I Read the Bible

I have probably half of a shelf of books in my office devoted to reading and interpreting the Bible, and another half of a shelf of books on preaching and how to move from studying a text to proclaiming it to a congregation. I also have numerous books that touch on these topics -- and many...

Things 21st Century American Christians Can Take For Granted

I recently started reading Life Together by Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a book that I have read many times before and have recommended to many others. This book is known as a classic when it comes to describing and talking about Christian community. Part of what makes a book a classic is that you can...

Three Old English Pastors on Depression, Fear, and Anxiety

Due to the increased awareness of depression and anxiety among Americans (especially youth), some churches are now directly addressing these topics, recognizing that past approaches (or silence on the subject) have not always been helpful. Resources such as those by David Murray and ministries...

It's Okay To Be Not Okay

As we discuss depression, fear, and anxiety in the sermon series "This Is Me" at Faith Church, I have invited Faith Church staff member Vinnie Adams to write a blog post on the topic, as I have learned a lot in this area from him over the past few years - Pastor Brian It was autumn of 2011, and...

Thoughts on Ash Wednesday and Lent

This week features Ash Wednesday and the beginning of the Lenten season. For some Christians, this is an integral point in the year, while other Christians do not celebrate or even acknowledge Ash Wednesday or the Lenten season. Historically, the Reformed/Presbyterian tradition that I place...

Can I Know God Personally? (Explore God Week 7)

This week concludes the “Explore God” sermon series that Faith and more than 800 other churches in the Chicagoland area participated in. For more resources on the topics of the last few posts, visit ExploreGod.Com. Francis Schaeffer was one of the most influential Christian thinkers...

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