Ding, Chime, Buzzzzzz, Buzzzzzz, Buzzzzzz

WRITTEN BY Jim Glover

I see it all the time. It annoys me. It frustrates me. It saddens me. It scares me.

I see it when I’m counseling a couple whose marriage is hanging by a thread. In a pivotal moment—when they’re finally listening to each other, his cell phone goes off. I’m shouting to myself, “Don’t answer it! Just ignore it! You’re in the middle of something far more important!” But he picks up his phone and starts reading his text messages. He doesn’t seem to care that at this critical moment, he’s distracted and his response to his wife will be diminished. Continue reading

Be More Like Jesus?

WRITTEN BY Jon Dammeyer

What are we teaching our kids?

The other day the Lord put on my heart an interesting thought. Is the phrase “be more like Jesus” misleading our children into a legalistic work-based salvation? This phrase “be more like Jesus” is a common phrase used within Christian circles to encourage a lifestyle of avoiding sin and loving others and I would like to suggest that this is important to strive for but can be very confusing and can even be a huge detriment to your child’s faith. Continue reading

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?

WRITTEN BY Luke Suciu

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

WRITTEN BY Luke Suciu

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

WRITTEN BY Luke Suciu


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.

The past few days have narrowed that focus even further to talk to death one incident with one player and one fan. Continue reading

Active Confession: The Failure of the Church

WRITTEN BY Luke Suciu

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

WRITTEN BY Jim Glover

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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