What Happens When Faith “Starts At Home”

One of our great goals for a living relationship with Jesus Christ is that faith will "start at home." Regardless of family configuration, we believe that faith begins in the home and not at the church. And it's a beautiful things to see when it comes to pass. Here's...

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From Occupation To Pre-Occupation

I have lived through seasons of life where Jesus was an occupation. I read the bible only to search for sermon material.  I prayed because that's what preachers are supposed to do.  I served so that others in the church could see me serving. ...

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RIP, Brad Stoffel

Two weeks ago, in the middle of the workday, I received a call from Brad Stoffel's mother, Evelyn, conveying the sad news that Brad had died of natural causes at the age of 57. Who was Brad Stoffel and why did the news of his death make me so melancholy? Well, as I...

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First Comes Love, Then Comes Marriage Launch

Did you know that marriage is the first institution that God created? Before he created synagogue, before he established government, before he ordained church, God created marriage. Apparently, he regards it as an enormously big deal. Yet can there be any doubt that...

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#TBT — Hey World, I’m Not SPIRITUAL. I’m RELIGIOUS!

This is a repost of an essay from 2016 that generated quite a bit of ... conversation! ... when it first appeared in Ministry Matters, United Methodism's largest online conversation platform. With a hint of nostalgia, here it is again: I’m spiritual, not religious. We...

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