Keep Wrestling and God’s Grace will Seep Out

Keep Wrestling and God’s Grace will Seep Out

By: Emily K. Bisset From there [Jesus] set out and went away to the region of Tyre. He entered a house and did not want anyone to know he was there. Yet he could not escape notice, but a woman whose little daughter had an unclean spirit immediately heard about him,...
Facing the Twinge of Anxiety

Facing the Twinge of Anxiety

By: Forrest Palmer I greet you as a disciple in Christ, now serving as the president of the Association of Presbyterian Church Educators (APCE), a five denomination partnership with the mission goals that APCE exists to “connect, enrich, empower and sustain persons...
We Don’t Want to Go There

We Don’t Want to Go There

By: Dennis Reid Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, “Do you love me?” He said, “Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Feed my sheep” (John 21:17 New International Version). Many church leaders today are unwilling to face...
Questions about Sex from the Pickle Jar

Questions about Sex from the Pickle Jar

By: Ron DeBoer The day the pickle jar was scheduled to appear on my desk at the front of the classroom was the day no one even considered skipping class. It was the only day of the school year when 30 boys could sit shoulder-to-shoulder in a tiny classroom and make...
Teaching from Your Own Brokenness

Teaching from Your Own Brokenness

By: Jim Kok Mark Van was a young pastor successfully building a new congregation in a middle-class suburb. He was highly regarded for his well-crafted and enthusiastically presented sermons. Then he was knocked down by a stroke. Several years later, Mark said, “As I...
Who is My Neighbor? Thinking Theologically about Immigration

Who is My Neighbor? Thinking Theologically about Immigration

By: Cathy M. Kolwey You walk with us in deserted places And show us the way to the Promised Land. Guide us through the thorny thickets that entangle us, the arid refuge of serpents and scorpions that puncture our resolve. That our determination to continue in your...