Putting the ‘Fun’ in ‘Fundraiser’

by Lance Wallace

Both my stomach and heart are filled each year at my church’s annual chili cook-off and dessert bake-off. Always well-attended, the cook-off is a high point for our church. The fellowship and food serve as a backdrop for fundraising for hunger-related causes, or perhaps it’s the other way around.

Crossroads: Why Are There Rainbows?

by Jessica Asbell

As a child, I always loved rainbows. I loved drawing them, and I really loved seeing them in the sky. There was something about all those different colors coming together after the rain that made me smile. As an adult, I still like rainbows.

Formations 02.25.2018: Let Us Go to Him

by Darrell Pursiful

The writer of Hebrews was tricky. One Greek word he uses over and over translates to “draw near” or “approach.” In the Greek Old Testament, to “approach” God was something priests did. It was the common term for worship, entering the defined sacred space of the temple in order to offer a sacrifice.

Connections 02.25.2018: The Most Important Question

by Kelley Land

Growing up in a Baptist church in the South, I frequently heard three questions throughout my childhood and adolescent years. Most of my church-related activities during these years centered on the theme of salvation.

Jesus Would Not Have Denied Me Communion

by Sandra Jones Cropsey

My husband Paul and I have been married for more than 47 years! We are as alike as jelly and jam and as different as whole wheat and rye. He grew up in the northern United States; I grew up in the South. He’s Catholic and I’m Baptist; for the most part that distinction has never been an issue.

Meditations on Luke: The Depth of Darkness

by Chris Cadenhead

One the greatest measures of human creativity is our ability to rationalize almost anything. No matter how destructive our actions, no matter how foolish our choices, no matter how selfish our behaviors, no matter how dark our impulses, we can always come up with a good excuse or a reasonable explanation for them.

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