From the Pastor's Desk

In the Grip of Reality

  • Posted on: 4 December 2005
  • By: Chris Strevel

Sometimes faith seems unreal, disconnected from the realities of life and the offerings of secularism. This is an underlying reason, I believe, for the emotional appeal of movies like The Passion and the rise of more visual worship forms in broadly evangelical churches. It makes faith seem more real, more relevant, more "here and now." It is perhaps a cause for the migration of some Protestants to the Roman Catholic Church. Incense, works, saints, and confessionals are attractive to weak faith. It takes little faith to believe in cathedrals, papal decrees, and the Mass.

More Than a Worldview

  • Posted on: 27 November 2005
  • By: Chris Strevel

Every month I receive a small check in the mail for our small Christian school from an older couple. Among my cherished acquaintances is an older woman who spends a significant portion of her waking hours praying for those whom she knows. Another friend of mine consistently shares the love of God with unsaved friends and family members. Hospitality has been shown to me by many in this congregation. All seemingly small and insignificant things. Yet here is a faith to which I aspire - a faith that works through love. It cannot be learned in books.