Where Does Compassion Come From?

A few years ago an attender of our church asked me, on the heels of our series opener from Jonah, “So how can I have a deeper compassion for people, especially those who are not like me?” To be quite honest, I didn’t know what … Read More

Thanksgiving: It’s a Matter of Perspective

Another Thanksgiving has rolled around, and so has the time to stop and consider all the “good and perfect gifts” God had so graciously given each of us. But this year let’s not glibly say a memorized “Thank you,” nor half-heartedly show our seasonal appreciation … Read More

Stick Figure savior

by Mandee Mostrom This is me. This is my god. My god is always good. My god is always right. Praise be to my god. I go to church every Sunday. Every Sunday that I am not hungover, sleeping in, or tired, I go to … Read More

Four Reasons God is Great

Psalm 96 has been dubbed the “Missionary Song of the Church” (HSBC). And for good reason—it shows the beautifully and powerfully connected relationship God’s people experience between our witness for God (vs 1-3) and our worship of God (vs. 7-13). Right in the middle of … Read More

How NOT to Leave Your Church

Like it or not, people change churches. There is no shepherd or sheep exempt from this scenario. The good and the not-so-good of both deal with departure. Sometimes a switch is Spirit-led; sometimes it’s self-serving. Assuming God is actually directing your move to a new … Read More

The Short, Subcommittee Speech

On Tuesday of this week I was asked by the Family Leader to testify at a subcommittee hearing on Wednesday regarding support for Senate Joint Resolution 9, a bill that would amend the Iowa Constitution by adding a section (sec. 26) that says, “The Constitution … Read More

Tunneling into the Topic: Repentance

Often, on the heels of a message, I’ll post additional articles for our hearers that give further insight, clarity, and application regarding that text and/or topic. Such is the case today, and the topic we’re boring into more deeply is repentance (Mark 1:1-8). Undoubtedly, repentance … Read More

Let’s “Score” Some Additional Insight into Singing

To complement my message from Colossians 3:16 on the essential habit of congregational singing, here are some extra articles and podcasts on the subject as well. What if I Can’t Sing? Sing Your Heart Out at Church (Even If You Hate the Music) The Role … Read More

Fasting: A Few Words on Why and How

Fasting is the spiritual discipline that forces us to face the reality that there is something more important and essential to our life than even food. It’s God and his kingdom, and when we fast, we grow into the realization that, though the physical world … Read More