Living the Gospel in View of My Spouse

Stewart Fenters Devotional, Struggling Well

Centuries ago, a hero of mine named St Francis said, “It is no use walking anywhere to preach unless our walking is our preaching.” For Francis, a great preacher wasn’t someone who knew everything about God. Rather, it was someone who truly lived the gospel in every part of their life. In this way, the gospel could be seen in the …

Razor and Glue

Suzi Kallam Devotional

It has been rumored, and somewhat substantiated, that during my middle school years I was a pill. Pill as in “a pest, a nuisance, a pain in the neck.” Apparently, I was not too keen on being told what to do and attempted, at every turn, to re-tool our house rules. In my estimation, I wasn’t a pest but rather …

Culture Wars

Jim Kallam Struggling Well

I have a growing concern about the culture I see all around me. Here is the twist: it is not the culture you are thinking about right now. It is the culture that is on the rise within the church. Truth be told, it is really two cultures, one of fear and one of anger. Both of them are contrary …

How Worship Reminds Us to Live

Stewart Fenters Devotional, Worship

My grandfather has a ravenous appetite for bluegrass music and he shared his passion with me. When I was very young, he would take me to bluegrass festivals and any Saturday night I was with him, we went to Lynches River State Park for a bluegrass jam. One of the songs that almost every act seemed to play was “Drifting …

Sunday Takeaway

Stewart Fenters Devotional, Worship

Whenever I attend a conference or seminar, I try to identify one core thought that I can carry out the door and take home with me. It is often hard to remember every part of every talk or seminar, so I find it helpful to remember one thing. Some people call this a “takeaway.” When we come to church, it …

Which Story are we Hearing?

Stewart Fenters Devotional, Worship

I have often been guilty of physically hearing what someone says, but not really listening. It is a strange phenomenon. Someone says something, and a few minutes later I have no recollection of what they said or even how they said it. There are many factors that go into this, but we often hear what we deem to be most …

Defending and Denying the Gospel

Dave Huber Devotional, Struggling Well

Last week I had the opportunity to sit before a panel of my peers for my ordination council. The process is similar to a board certification in other fields. You write a paper (in this case defending the doctrinal statement of our denomination) and, once approved, you defend this paper before the council. The council then decides whether the credential …

Make it Your Story

Tim Briggs Community Life, Stories, Struggling Well

The sermon from this past weekend was titled Make it Your Story and we interviewed three people from the congregation to hear how God’s story had changed their story. For Mike Stahnke, it was a deeper understanding of grace. For Michael Sasnett, it was seeing people as image-bearers. For Debbie Pike, it was God’s love shaping how she loves others. So, what …

The Gospel and Guilt

Tim Briggs Struggling Well Leave a Comment

We have neighbors who are currently going through a horrible family crisis. My wife and I have gone out of our way to help and serve as much as we can. The family has been appreciative of our efforts and thankful for our support. Yet, I feel guilty. Whenever I see the neighbors, there is a voice in my head …