Balancing Justice and Mercy

Most of us are familiar with Lady Justice. We may have seen statues and paintings of her holding a sword in one hand and a balance scale in the other. The sword, of course, represents punishment and justice, and the balance scale symbolizes fairness in the justice dispensed. If we look closely at these representations […]

Day of Grace

Most people of faith learn that the Bible’s Sabbath day is rooted in its first chapter. We could tell the world, if we would, that God made everything in six days, then ceased His creation work and blessed the seventh as part of His plan from the start (Genesis 2:1-3). The weekly Sabbath was a […]

Samson in home entertainment

Samson, one of the greatest stories of the Bible, is coming to home entertainment on Blu-ray™ combo pack, DVD, and Digital on May 15 from Pure Flix. The film will be released into the general consumer market by Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. The film stars Taylor James as Samson and Caitlin Leahy as Delilah. The […]

Butterflies for Shelly

In the ladies’ room of the county courthouse, my daughter Shelly collapsed in my arms and sobbed, mascara smearing her cheeks. “Mom, I have to go on the witness stand next, and I don’t think I can do it. I’m so scared.” Oh, God, help me! I’m in way over my head. I held Shelly […]

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Biblical Revelation: Authority of Scripture Part 2

How is the Bible revealed to us? Part 2 in this set of articles enlightens.

Talking TULIP

As we begin a yearlong journey exploring our Statement of Faith, we consider profound questions related to the relationship between God and humanity. Central to such discussions is the Calvinist vs. Arminian debate, which raises questions regarding God’s will, human freedom, and grace. To engage this debate, we consider the five points of Calvinism, summarized […]

Influential Faith: What Is It And Why Does It Matter?

As my sighs of longing join in the requiem for a groaning earth, I know I’m not alone. Together, our sighs compose a refrain of a Church who wants our faith to be influential in our culture. Taking in the world around me, I can’t help but dream of being a conduit of healing and […]

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Faith of our Mothers: Honoring the Church Mothers

Our eyes would connect at our church service each week as we sought one another out to embrace. Her eyes, tired from the failing health associated with a long-life-well-lived – and mine, exhausted from a lack of sleep well-known to mothers of four young children. Unrelated except through the blood of Christ, she let me […]

Is the law still relevant to believers in Jesus?

Romans 6:15 says Christians are not under law but under grace. Galatians 3:23-25 says after faith has come, we are no longer under the law as a tutor. Is the law still relevant to believers in Jesus? If so, in what ways?   According to Christ and the apostles, the law of God remains relevant […]

What does “one faith” mean in Ephesians 4:5? Why is faith so important?

The Bible says there is “one faith” (Ephesians 4:5). Is it really that simple? How can we know if we have it? Why is faith so important?   The text you cite lists faith among seven ones that help define our unity in Christ: one body, one Spirit, one hope, one Lord, one faith, one […]