2015

The Dawn Breaks

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The dawn breaks on the longest night of the year. The light of morning pierces into the darkness of night, reminding us of hope’s presence. Many of you have been walking through the longest night of your lives for sometime now. Perhaps it is the loss of a loved one, the never-ending battle with addiction, the shadows of depression, or a broken relationship that has thrust you into a dark night of the soul. You find yourself echoing the words of Job, “When I lie down I think, ‘How long before I get up?’ The night drags on, and I toss and turn until dawn.” The dawn is coming.

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‘Tis the Season

Our world continues to see devastating violence all around us. These acts of violence have displaced millions of men, women, and children throughout the Middle East, Africa, Europe, and beyond. These individuals, of various ethnic, cultural, and religious backgrounds, are on the move seeking safety, stability, and survival knocking on any door that might let them in. What happens if they knock on your door?

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Silent Killer

I’ve thought it for some time and even mentioned a few. I believe addiction is the silent killer of the affluent. Now, before you yell at me about how addiction crosses every social, economic, physical, spiritual, emotional, etc. line, I want to say that I am aware of that fact. My thought is specifically around a silence that I believe the affluent, those with resources and knowhow, are able to maintain when it comes to addiction. A recent report out of Princeton from Ms. Case and Mr. Deaton highlights the increasing death rate for middle-aged white Americans and suggests that the increase is a result of prescription drug overdoses, suicide, and liver disease. Mr. Zumbrun from The Wall Street Journal wrote a piece related to this study highlighting the economic insecurity that may be causing individuals to fall into the trap of addiction.

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Present for the Story

Posted on July 28, 2015

One of my favorite things to read about is the time Jesus was walking through the streets surrounded by a huge crowd of people and turns to his disciples and asks, “Who touched me?” Ha! Seems like a ridiculous thing to ask considering the crowd. His disciples thought so too, “You see the people crowding against you,” his disciples answered, “and yet you can ask, ‘Who touched me?’ ” (Luke 8:40-48 and Mark 5:21-34) One of the keys to meaningful evangelism relationships for today can be found in this exchange.

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Gateway Community Church is Here!

Posted on July 9, 2015

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It has been two years in the making but Gateway Community Church is officially here! We are now 8 days in existence and it’s been a ride already. Our launch week was great because of a committed group of volunteers and so many new faces from our community. Our Block Party on July 1st saw nearly 500 people show up to celebrate Gateway’s birthday with pony rides, food, & bounce houses. The 4th of July Bike Parade saw families decorating bikes, a visit from a firetruck from across the street, and of course popsicles. Our first worship service on July 5th was a celebration of something new while sharing Communion together and a BBQ lunch afterward. We’ve got some exciting things just around the corner.

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SCOTUS and Marriage Equality

Posted on June 26, 2015

The Supreme Court of the United States ruled today in favor of making marriage equality, particularly for same sex couples, the law of the land. For many individuals, this decision gives great cause for celebration. For others, it raises feelings of anger, frustration…and fear. The Church should be a champion for equality under the law, whether we agree with the law or not. This does not have to be seen as a compromise of orthodoxy, tradition, or scripture, for the Church and Empire have seen things differently for some time.

How the Church responds and reacts to this decision matters, on whichever side of the issue one may be and I believe the only reasonable way for the Church to respond is with love and grace. May it be so.

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