Excuse Me But My Entitlement is Showing

WRITTEN BY Christine Overholt

In an effort to keep the staff blog page alive and well, we have come up with a schedule. Without a schedule, while good intentions exist, the blog page may very well become irrelevant or obsolete as those posting, well…cease to post. It is now my turn. While I enjoy an opportunity to ponder a topic, I feel a great deal of thought is required before presenting said topic to the masses. This great deal of thought requires a great deal of time, which is where I find myself in a deficit. I am immediately overwhelmed with all the other irons I have placed in the fire and feel that I am obligated a “pass.” I have Bible studies to prepare, groups to lead, events to plan and a retreat around the corner. Surely I have a right not to fulfill my current obligation. And just like that, the bane of my existence appears once again, “my rights.”

In order to make this one syllable word seem more palatable, I prefer the more impressive four syllable word, “entitlement.” Continue reading

Little Faith?


I pastor a small church, in a small urban neighborhood that no one would drive through unless you were trying to go there. There are times when it can feel like what is done simply doesn’t matter in the big scheme of things.

I don’t think this is a unique feeling to pastoral work, as many Christians feel that their lives of faith never really extend to national movements or are documented in videos that receive thousands of views. Their lives are full of just little faith with little moments and nothing that really warrants the type of attention that our culture seems to be fueled by. Continue reading

Do Muslims and Christians Worship the Same God? Revisited


Two years ago, I was working at Wheaton College, living on Wheaton’s campus, and attending Wheaton’s graduate school when the whole community erupted in a theological dispute that garnered national attention.

Dr. Larycia Hawkins, a political science professor, made some theological claims, was put on administrative leave, and eventually the school and professor parted ways. A quick google search will yield hundreds of articles on the topic but this one covers the relevant details. Continue reading

Insecurity Identity and Sports Talk Radio


I like sports talk radio. If you want to take an axe to my IQ for that admission, I understand and frequently feel the same way. In the sports talk world, this time of year focuses a large amount of time on the NBA playoffs and since the Warriors are so good they seem to be playing against semi-competent middle school teams, most of the interesting conversation and games have come out of the East.

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Active Confession: The Failure of the Church


Confession is tricky thing. This is a personal contention that I don’t have any quantifiable evidence to back up so you will have to decide whether your experience matches up with mine: the modern evangelical Church stinks at confession. We just hate admitting that Christians have been wrong and we really need to get over ourselves and actively move towards an attitude of confession. We need to be a confessing Church.

While the statement applies to both common uses of the word confession (1. Declaration of adherence to a religious doctrine and 2. Admission of guilt) today I am mainly concerned with the second use. Admission of guilt. Continue reading

Good Grief

WRITTEN BY Christine Overholt

“In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes,” (Benjamin Franklin in a letter to Jean-Baptist Leroy, 1789).

Seems like an appropriate sentiment in this month dedicated  to the grueling process of 1040 preparation as we render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s (Matthew 22:21). I would like to note that I am not one to engage in weightier topics and prefer conversations peppered with movie quotes and a bit of sarcasm (because it really does take skill). However, I can’t escape the truth of Ecclesiastes 3 that reminds me there is a time for everything. Continue reading

Why Catechism?

WRITTEN BY Jon Dammeyer

This summer Wallen Children’s ministry is doing a kids Catechism Club. Many of you have shown concern with the name of this class because catechism is typically a Catholic or Lutheran term. With this article I hope to calm your nerves a little bit and then show the value and heart behind this class for your kids.

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Speaking to one another in psalms, WORSHIP HYMN SINGS, and spiritual songs


On April 1st, there is an ENCORE event called the “Worship Hymn Sing.” I decided to give this event that name for two reasons.

  • The first was an attempt to be clever—worship hymn sing—get it? Worship Him!
  • The second reason was this event is just that, a hymn sing—an evening of worship, where people pour out their praise to God in song—or to be more precise, in hymns. Hence the name, “Worship Hymn Sing!”

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Purpose Audience and Gandalf vs Dumbledore


Do we really need another blog? Blogs are the cholesterol in the arteries of the internet, occupying too much space and if left untreated lead to inevitable cardiac arrest. Even the word sounds sluggish: bbbllloooogggg. Okay, perhaps that is a bit strong. I am, despite my best wishes, a millennial and it seems that my generation’s functional version of prozac is the blog; all we need is enough space and a moderate audience—or the illusion of an audience—and we can type our problems into submission through the almighty therapy of self-reflection. If this therapy worked we would be witnessing the most relational mature generation to ever grace the surface of this planet, but alas the blog is not always what it is cracked up to be. In stark contrast to the self-guided home brew therapy, blogs are a flawed medium within the questionable world of the online exchange of ideas.

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Profiles of Convictional Courage

WRITTEN BY Chase Ringler

Sir Isaac Newton was once famously quoted as saying, “If I have seen further than others, it is by standing upon the shoulders of giants.” Those who have done great things in the 21st century, and those of us who have simply tried to live our lives well, are indebted to the giants of the past. In every field of study there have been men and women who have gone before those of us living today. It is these giants who have forged a path to greatness. This scenario is not only true in the secular sense. For those of us who claim Christ, we are indebted to the pastors, missionaries, scholars, lay servants, and countless martyrs who have gone before us.

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