The news coverage is nonstop. Twenty-four hours a day, we can find the latest information, gossip, analysis, and arguments about why Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump (or Gary Johnson or Jill Stein) should or should not be our next President. One presidential debate took place earlier this week; two more will follow in the next month. As a nation, we can hardly contain our excitement – not to mention our hopes, our disillusionment, our fears, and our anger – about this whole process.
Honestly, I have grown weary of this political season. As I scrolled through my Facebook timeline last night, I saw nothing but aggressive, one-sided posts (supporting either major candidate). I saw people arguing angrily with their friends about one issue or another. I saw memes and jokes that belittled one candidate or another. I saw long, thoughtful articles explaining why we should all vote for one candidate or another.
But I didn’t see much of Jesus in the discussion. Continue reading
Jesus told the story of a rich man and a beggar in Luke 16:19-31. Is this story about describing heaven and hell? And with whom should we identify, the rich man or the beggar? Pastor David’s answers may surprise you… listen in.
Charlotte. Tulsa. New York. Ferguson. Cleveland. Baltimore. North Charleston.
What these cities mean to you depends on a lot of factors. What they all have in common is a similar headline: “[Insert Name] Killed By [Insert Name].” If you’re like me, you live a very safe distance away from all these places which have experienced turmoil in recent days. Midland County, Michigan, has been far removed from scenes of police shootings and race-related protests. So it’s easy for people like me to form our own opinions without having to engage with actual people, on all sides of these issues, who are suffering. Continue reading
Can you imagine the story from Bathsheba’s perspective? Can you imagine Bathsheba forgiving the king for how he wronged her? Listen to Pastor David’s sermon, based on 2 Samuel 11:26, which he preached at the Anderson University School of Theology and Christian Ministries during the week of intensive studies for his Doctor of Ministry degree.
A lost sheep, a lost coin: Jesus told two stories about God’s desire for all people in Luke 15:1-10. How do we approach people whom we consider to be “sinners”? Listen to Pastor David’s sermon on this passage: