Formations 09.22.2019: Right Beliefs and Right Actions

by Darrell Pursiful

Near the beginning of the first Iron Man movie, arms manufacturer Tony Stark addresses a gathering of military brass as he demonstrates a new missile system. He ponders whether it is better to be feared or respected before finally asking, “Is it too much to ask for both?”

Connections 09.22.2019: God’s Grief

by Kelley Land

When you go through something that seems terrible and senseless, how do you try to explain it? Many people who face a personal crisis believe that God is punishing or testing them.

A View from the Pew: Talking Church with the Unchurched

by Lance Wallace

During my college experience in a campus ministry I once heard a speaker say there are three ways to tell what people truly care about: how they spend their time, how they spend their money, and what they talk about.

Take a Step Back

by Starlette Thomas

Prayer is not a question and answer session, an exchange of whys for how this is all going to work out. Prayer is not God’s tell-all. It is not the time to corner God in our prayer closet and demand an explanation.

Crossroads: God Makes Beautiful Things

by Jessica Asbell

I’m very clumsy. And sometimes I break things. There have been times when I have broken dishes as I washed them. Usually, when I break something, I have to throw it away.

Formations 09.15.2019: Kindness for Kaitlyn

by Darrell Pursiful

Kaitlyn Skidmore was a high school senior, less a month away from graduating, when she was killed in an automobile accident this past April. Obviously, her family and loved ones were devastated by the loss, and her classmates at Jones County High School in Georgia decided to honor her memory in a way that seemed especially fitting.

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