Looking More Like Jesus – VPSD Dan Jarrell

In 1976, the antacid company Rolaids released an advertising campaign so successful that it lasted more than 5 years. Beginning with the question, “How do you spell relief?” we heard first from individuals. A trucker would say “For heartburn and gas, I spell...

The Power of Story – by Noël Maxwell

In 1962, a few days before his high school graduation, a young man took out his souped up Autobianchi Bienchina for a spin. Being a race car driver was his sole ambition in life. While making an illegal left hand turn, however, another car broadsided him, flipping him...

Live Not By Lies by Rod Dreher

How can Christians survive in a world in which the leaders of our cultural institutions – education, the media, entertainment, economy, business, politics – enforce an anti-Biblical narrative and punish dissenters? Though this kind of totalitarianism does...

“What Do We Do?”

As a teenager, my understanding of life in Christ, how to live as a Christian, was going to church and enjoying a consistent devotional life with him. This was largely private. I didn’t connect with Christian brothers and sisters, my faith rarely influenced my public...

Rest Regardless of Restless Circumstances

I have been thinking about rest recently.  Having contracted Covid-19 around Thanksgiving, the fatigue that seems to last well past other symptoms has  motivated me to seek physical rest.  However, the unrest that is spews from the news and social media outlets, has...
Let Every Breath

Let Every Breath

I have been thinking a lot about breathing recently.  I don’t think I’m alone in this.  In fact, the civil unrest that our country has experienced was spurred on by “I can’t breathe.”  The COVID-19 pandemic often impacts a person’s ability to breath.  The mask debate...

Odd and Unexpected Gifts

Recently while playing basketball with a group of students and staff I experienced an injury. In the midst of certainly one of the most beautiful lay ups of that day, I found myself crashing down on my ankle. As if my life slowed down for that brief moment I could see...

A far greater power…

All you need is love, love… Students at a Bible college can’t escape parsing definitions of Biblical concepts like salvation, sanctification, or the ever-contentious predestination. Whether because it’s an assignment (all you Systematic Theology students can groan!)...

Learning to Love: Problem People

Wounds. Unless they are physical, we often don’t see wounds in other people. What we do see is the negative expressions that are effects of the internal presence of their wounds. For a hypothetical example, maybe my dad was verbally abusive, could never find anything...

Learning to Love: People Reduction

We tend to reduce people to simple understandings. In his memoir The Pastor, Eugene Peterson reflects on his Uncle Sven. He first heard stories about Uncle Sven from his mother, who was nearly two decades younger than her brother. She said of him that he was kind,...