Jon Deming
“Anybody else discouraged today by the pastoral blueprint in the ‘church growth’ movement?” writes Jared Wilson, a pastor from New Hampshire. “The most ‘successful’ types of pastors today,” he continues, “are more of the entrepreneurial type than the pastoral. They are speakers, CEOs, innovators,...Continue reading.
Pierce Hibbs
Years ago, one of my favorite Rainer Maria Rilke poems gave me a new perspective on the night, and I’m reminded of this at Christmas time whenever we sing “Oh Holy Night,” one of the most beautiful songs that has ever entered my ear. Let me provide the poem first and then explain what I mean. Continue reading.
Pierce Hibbs
I went to public school. For those of you who did the same, you will know immediately the sort of apologetics you are forced to do, or at least think about doing, at an early age. I distinctly remember a strand of banter echoing through the crowded hallways of my ninth grade school building—the...Continue reading.
Pierce Hibbs
Strange, that as I drove to the ultrasound for our second child, I received news that my ninety-two-year-old grandmother would begin hospice care. As I sat in a hospital room with my wife, watching life thrive and flicker in shades of black, white, and grey, I couldn’t help but notice that the baby...Continue reading.
Jeffrey Stivason
The salient portion of the Obergefell v. Hodges ruling reads, "The Court now holds that same-sex couples may exercise the fundamental right to marry. No longer may this liberty be denied to them" (22-23). In other words, and as you by now know, same sex marriage has become a civil right...Continue reading.
Pierce Hibbs
Perhaps one of the most pervasive spiritual problems in human history is solipsism: extreme preoccupation with one's self. In philosophy, it is the theory that only the self exists. In both cases, the practical implication is that we seem bent on thinking that everything is about us, and if it...Continue reading.
Pierce Hibbs
It's never going to end, you know-the construction on the Pennsylvania Turnpike. Cranes will keep swinging, dump trucks dumping, drills drilling, backhoes clawing. By the time the roads are paved and painted, some other section will be weathered to disrepair, and the PENNDOT orchestra of metal...Continue reading.
Pierce Hibbs
The songbirds always manage to get up before I do, so by the time I start my morning run they have already been carrying on their lyrical dialogues, mostly the robins, but the song sparrows and Carolina wrens fill in the background. Their songs seem to be so thickly spun through the morning air...Continue reading.
Jeffrey Stivason
Matthew 6:19-24 is undoubtedly a difficult text to interpret. Why, you ask? Well, the verses are usually interpreted as if Jesus simply pasted them together. In other words, there is no context for verses 19-21 and the same goes for verses 22-23 and verse 24. They are treated as apothegmatic...Continue reading.
Jeffrey Stivason
I am preaching through Matthew's gospel these days and glad to have the Alliance Column from David Hall, First Truths from the First Gospel for the journey. I am currently in the Sermon on the Mount. Now, this isn't the first time I've laid eyes on this well-known and well-loved...Continue reading.

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