What Valuing Life Means for Abortion and Beyond

By , Senior Pastor| March 2nd, 2019|

I woke up at the end of January to a news story from New York I couldn’t quite believe. The New York legislature had passed a bill allowing late-term abortions on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade. And the picture on my news feed was of happy legislators celebrating their victory. After some misinformation from [...]

Forgiven and Set Free: Finding Hope and Healing After Abortion

By , Contributing Writer| January 4th, 2019|

There are so many divisive issues in our society today: immigration, gun control, and abortion. And the list goes on. The one that really grips me is abortion. We get so caught up in the politics of the issues that it seems we forget about the real people caught in the middle and hurting. No [...]

Merry and Melancholy: How to Find Joy After Loss

By , Contributing Writer| December 22nd, 2018|

I remember it snowing on Christmas Eve exactly three times in my life. The first time was when I was a small child. I remember riding in our station wagon to my grandparents’ house and seeing snow on the ground outside the window. I was sitting behind Daddy (because it was my turn, not my [...]

What Is Advent?

By , Contributing Writer| November 27th, 2018|

What Is Advent? Most of us who grew up in today’s churches may not be familiar with Advent. Advent is from the Latin word coming. It is the period observed in Christian churches leading up to Christmas. It includes the four preceding Sundays to Christmas. This year it will begin on Sunday, December 2, and [...]

How Domestic Violence Impacts Our Community

By , ReNew Director| October 25th, 2018|

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, which first began in 1981 and was started by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence as a Day of Unity to connect battered women’s advocates across the country. Domestic violence (also called intimate partner violence (IPV), domestic abuse, or relationship abuse) is defined as a pattern of behaviors [...]

Q Commons 2018: The Power of We

By , Legacy Campus Adult Ministry Pastor| October 2nd, 2018|

What Is Q Commons? Q Commons is a two-hour event that connects national and local leaders to neighbors and friends in your community for a conversation on how we can advance good thinking, action, and virtue in a tumultuous culture. Q Commons is known for doing more than just asserting opinions. It is known for [...]

Overcoming Disillusionment with the Church

By , Contributing Writer| April 11th, 2018|

What is Disillusionment? Have you ever been to Las Vegas? What enters your mind when you think of that city? Glitter? Glamour? Gambling? Though Vegas itself holds very little appeal to us, my wife and I now visit occasionally because our son and his wife live there. On our last visit, I saw an advertisement [...]

What Is Good About Good Friday?

By , Copy Editor| March 29th, 2018|

The Confusion of Good Friday Good Friday is the day Christ-followers observe Jesus Christ’s death on a cross. It is the Friday before Easter. Some denominations hold special services to commemorate Jesus’ crucifixion while other denominations hold regular Easter services throughout Easter weekend. Whether you observe Good Friday or not, you might wonder why we [...]

On Gun Violence and Lent in the Aftermath of Parkland, Florida

By , Communications Pastor| February 16th, 2018|

Ash Wednesday was this week. Forty-six days before Easter every year, millions of people around the world allow their priest or pastor to apply ashes to their forehead in a symbolic gesture of humility. Ash Wednesday begins the season of Lent, a season of self-examination, fasting, and personal repentance. The season’s purpose is to prepare [...]