“Value Beyond Usefulness…”

True Christianity stands in unwavering opposition to all forms of utilitarianism.Our faith affirms the God-given value of every person regardless of their usefulness.Yes, God has organized his world to be useful, but he has also imbued it with the impractical quality of beauty to remind us that value is not defined by usefulness.Skye Jethani

“Value Beyond Usefulness…”2020-06-03T16:49:30+00:00

A Subtle Fragrance…

The ministry of the gospel in our churches involves more than doctrinal argumentation. The work of the gospel is subtle, like the work of a fragrance. It is not just brute facts landing hard on someone’s mind, but an aroma wafting into a heart. And this light contact proves to be life or death.Such is the astonishing power of the gospel of God.Ray Ortlund

A Subtle Fragrance…2020-04-16T16:35:04+00:00

“Unselfing”…

The primary barrier to displaying the beauty of Jesus in our churches comes from the way we re-insert ourselves into that sacred center that belongs to Him alone.Exalting ourselves always diminishes His visibility.That is why cultivating a gospel culture requires a profound, moment by moment, ‘unselfing’ by every one of us.Ray Ortlund

“Unselfing”…2020-02-20T15:32:25+00:00

Think About It…

"Let us be today’s Christians. Let us not take fright at the boldness of today’s church. With Christ’s light, let us illuminate even the most hideous caverns of the human person: torture, jail, plunder, want, chronic illness. The oppressed must be saved, not with a revolutionary salvation, in mere human fashion, but with the holy revolution of the Son of Man, who dies on the

Think About It…2017-07-04T20:59:42+00:00

Think About It…

“When we struggle for human rights, for freedom, for dignity, when we feel that it is a ministry of the church to concern itself for those who are hungry, for those who have no schools, for those who are deprived, we are not departing from God’s promise. He comes to free us from sin, and the church knows that sin’s consequences are all such injustices

Think About It…2017-06-15T12:21:07+00:00

Think About It…

"I think one of the great strengths of the church is when it serves as an oasis within the culture, and offers a distinctive alternative to the prevailing values surrounding it. Unfortunately, the attitude in many modern churches is, 'No, we need to be just like the culture in order to draw as many as we can.' But when you don't offer people something that

Think About It…2017-06-08T16:03:27+00:00

Think About It…

"No church can truly be the church if its pastor or congregation are unwilling to speak hard truths to each other and to themselves. To think of the pastorate as primarily a helping profession, and the church as only a therapeutic community whose main goal is to make us feel better about ourselves... ...instead of giving people what they actually need to be healthy... ...is

Think About It…2017-04-19T17:30:54+00:00

Think About It…

"In the beginning (New Testament times), the church was a gathering of men and women around the person and mission of Jesus. Then it moved to Greece, where the church became a philosophy. Then it moved to Rome, where the church became an institution. Then it moved to Europe, where the church became a culture. And it's finally come to America, where the church has

Think About It…2017-04-11T13:00:25+00:00
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