David Aikman

Throughout my many decades as a follower of Jesus I have found myself tremulously playing the role of a counselor, and—though never officially—that of a pastor, a teacher, occasionally even a prophet. I am so grateful for the many godly brothers and sisters who went before me and showed me the way. A few of […]

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Shannon Kiser

A friend of mine loves chemistry…actually majored in it in college. My daughter did not enjoy high school chemistry AT ALL. What’s the difference? It’s not just that one is wired to like science and the other to hate it. The difference is: my friend learned chemistry in an era of lots of hands-on experiments […]

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Kris Beckert

And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will […]

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Kris Beckert

For our church, Advent was going to be a little different this year. While church people have been preparing themselves for the coming of Christ throughout the season of Advent, the reality is that there is another group of people who have been preparing themselves for the coming of something else this December—The Force Awakens. […]

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Gannon Sims

Lyricist Charles Jennens picked these words from the third chapter of Malachi. George Frederick Handel put them to music in the oratorio Messiah: For he is like a refiner’s fire. And he will purify the sons of Levi, that they may offer the Lord an offering in righteousness. These words get to the core of […]

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Luke Edwards

  My favorite part of Advent is getting to dust off that old Book of Isaiah. Isaiah’s prophecies of the coming kingdom paint a picture of peace and harmony better than anything we could imagine. “A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots a Branch will bear fruit. The wolf will live with […]

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Travis Collins

One of the most popular developments in church life over the last fifteen years is that of churches having multiple sites, or campuses.  “One church in multiple locations” is the new by-word of growing numbers of churches. Congregations are multiplying their reach by launching smaller versions of themselves across their cities and, in some cases, […]

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For Christian leaders, especially those committed to established churches and denominations, it might be hard to be thankful these days. There’s a lot of doom and gloom in the media about the reality of the “nones and the dones.” There’re a lot of “old standards,” whether they be events, sermons or songs, that just don’t […]

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Ken Carter

I have recently concluded a couple of weeks of study and renewal, a time that also included some teaching, meals with students and conversations with academic leaders. I lived in an extended stay hotel; I chose it because it was comfortable, economical and adjacent to the school where I spent time each day. A Sunday […]

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Kris Beckert

“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.” He boarded the boat, not for a cruise or a fishing trip but for what he thought would be the next step in his ministry, his walk with God, his life. A recent seminary grad and new pastor, he had a deep desire to change the world, to […]

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