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The Messiness of Miracles

The Messiness of Miracles

Sometimes the toughest miracles produce the most beautiful results. What we can know for sure is that miracles never happen outside of the context of mystery and mess. Think about it . . . think about the miracle of the life of Mary. We have ...
Tough Miracles

Tough Miracles

When we say “Christmas” lots of things come to mind. Time with friends and family. Good food, cookies, and parties/festivities Stores and sales. Christmas music piped into stores and on the radio. And . . . maybe a few extra worship ...
The Shadow Side

The Shadow Side

But the Bible says “to hate” . . . What do we “hate?” The ideas behind “love the sinner, hate the sin” are actually scriptural, just a little misconstrued. In yesterday’s devotion we explored where Jesus called out the religious leaders for ...
Loving and Hating

Loving and Hating

“Love the sinner, hate the sin” is one of the Christian clichés that we think are found in Scripture but actually, the statement as a whole, is not. There are “like” thoughts/statements in Scripture that we will explore this week that lend us ...
No More Rationalization

No More Rationalization

Henri Nouwen writes, “When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives mean the most to us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds ...
Biblical Backing

Biblical Backing

The myths that we are exploring during the message series “Finding Faith” exist for a reason. People did not conjur them up out of the blue – they originated with scripture passages that either have been misconstrued over the centuries or ...
The Idea of a Vengeful God

The Idea of a Vengeful God

Sometimes when we think, “everything happens for a reason,” we think that because we view God as a vengeful God. We think bad things happen to us as a result of our being “bad” or our “sin.” That comes from an Old Testament understanding of ...
Sometimes We Just Suffer

Sometimes We Just Suffer

It is difficult to accept the fact that sometimes – we just suffer. The largest attended Bible Study during my seven year tenure at Williamson’s Chapel was the one entitled, “Why do bad things happen to good people?” The masses attended that ...
Darkness

Darkness

Mother Teresa is one who has truly embodied the teachings and life of Jesus of Nazareth. She loved the scorned . . . Touched those whom others ignored . . . Fed the hungry . . . and had a devotional life with God that was one of constant ...

What happens when the Prosperity Gospel falls apart!?!

Kate Bowler is an assistant professor of the history of Christianity in North America at Duke Divinity School and the author of “Blessed: A History of the American Prosperity Gospel.” As we search for how God works in the dark places in our ...

Turning Away from God

Adam Hamilton tells a story of a young woman who was a part of Church of the Resurrection, “A woman in my congregation, after years of fertility treatments, finally conceived. She and her husband were filled with joy. But early in the ...
Waves of Grief and Why

Waves of Grief and Why

“And the waves of pain did wash over me with a rhythmic quality. Ebbing and flowing. Coming and going. I felt I needed to lie completely still so as not to be swept away…. There was no escape, no way out except to go all the way through ...

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