From the Pastor's Desk

Family Sins

  • Posted on: 11 December 2005
  • By: Chris Strevel

Confronting sin is an important aspect of the life of any Christian family. In fact, it is a daily part of living under the same roof with sinners. As part of a family, you see the best and worst of one another, witness each other’s quirks and foibles, and, yes, know the sinful tendencies of every member of the family. And at one level, I think one reason God ordained the family structure is so that these sins may be handled primarily within the context of the family - lovingly, privately, consistently, and patiently.

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.