Why Weddings Move Us

Jon Eric WoodwardWorship

I’ve had the opportunity to either attend or participate in five weddings since March. The last one was my daughter’s wedding which I both walked her down the isle and officiated the ceremony. What a joy filled time weddings are. They bring out emotions and feelings that we sometimes don’t feel at any other occasion. There is a particular kind … Read More

The Dark Night of the Soul

Susan BlackFaith, Hope

In Aaron’s most recent sermon in the “Sing” series, he spoke from Psalm 88 which recounts the despair of a man in desperate spiritual loneliness and emotional pain. I’ve experienced that dark place, and Sunday’s message rekindled my emotions from that unenviable season of life. In the final weeks of our cancer journey, Rob said on more than one occasion: … Read More

A Lasting Message

Todd Van DykeFaith

This famous quote by Canadian philosopher Marshal McLuhan tries to put into words the important notion that how you say something is just as important as what you say. “The medium is the message.” In technology, how you receive a message is just as important as the message itself. For example, Facebook, the medium, has changed us more than the … Read More

A New Reference Point

Aaron MartinFaith, Hope

All you have to say is November 22, 1963 or September 11, 2001, and everyone knows what you are talking about. The assassination of John F. Kennedy in Dallas and the collapse of the World Trade Center towers due to a terrorist attack on American soil are reference points by which many people judge or understand other events in life. … Read More

Secret Glory

Shannon WilsonFaith

I’ve been marveling at my azalea bushes the last couple of weeks. As I type this, I can see the row of flowers out my window and it is hard for me to look away from them to focus on my screen. They are in full bloom at the moment and I’ve decided that the pink in my backyard is … Read More

Because of Christ . . .

Jon Eric WoodwardFaith

There is something powerful about thinking about, meditating on and rehearsing the truth about what Christ has done for us.  When we proclaim the truth of what God has done for us because of the obedience of our Savior, joy comes. Hope can be realized and experienced.  Chains loosen and fall. Light begins to pierce stubborn darkness. Anticipation rises. So, … Read More

The Expectation-Experience Gap

Susan BlackFaith

My youngest son, Philip, just got married two weeks ago in the same chapel where Rob and I were married almost 35 years ago. As I anticipated walking down the same aisle that ushered me into my marriage, I inevitably thought back to many fond and joyful memories…and also to the painful lessons of dying to self that brought both … Read More

Home is Where Heroes are Made

Todd Van DykeUncategorized

I read a book a while ago and came across a quote that struck me to the heart and got me thinking. The book is Mud, Sweat, and Tears: The Autobiography of Bear Grylls. Bear Grylls is the famous adventurer most known for his hit TV show, Man vs. Wild. It was a family favorite in our house. Bear Grylls … Read More

Proclaim and Rest in God

Josh SandsFaith, Worship

And I, when I came to you, brothers, did not come proclaiming to you the testimony of God with lofty speech or wisdom. For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. And I was with you in weakness and in fear and much trembling, and my speech and my message were not in plausible … Read More

Should We Rejoice or Weep?

Aaron MartinFaith, Hope

Psalm 116:15 says, “Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints.” How is it that we can and should count death as something precious for those who are in Christ? When a Christian dies, shall those of us who remain weep or rejoice? It is human nature to juxtapose joy and sorrow as mutually exclusive … Read More