Church Life

Fighting an Imaginary Foe

It starts with an odd sensation. The best way to describe it would be to say that there is a hair caught under the skin. It kind of tickles and kind of makes the skin feel itchy all at the same time. You can’t help yourself. You know that touching the spot is just going to make it more bothersome and scratching it will cause it to spread and inflame. The problem is, the natural instinct is to rub or scratch without thinking. Notice I said, (more…)

The Truth Is All That Suffers

In an attempt to put butts in the pews and money in the offering plate we avoid talking about suffering.

 I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead.  Philippians 3:10-11 (NIV)