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Advent Wreath Lighting (Week 1)

By Timothy R Butler | Posted at 9:01 PM

It’s Advent starting today and Melanie Haynes will help us focus our hearts as the season begins by lighting the first Advent Candle and taking #52Verses52Books52Weeks to the Gospel of Mark.

The Reminder We Shouldn't Need

By Timothy R Butler | Posted at 10:40 PM

That whole Judy Dabler scandal that Christianity Today​ broke yesterday in a bombshell report? I’m one of those who experienced her spiritual abuse at a church I attended long ago. As a survivor-turned-pastor, I wrote my thoughts over on Open for Business on what we can learn from this and other such scandals…

The lesson every Christian needs to internalize is this: listen. Each of us is responsible for our brothers and sisters in Christ. If they are hurting, listen. If seemingly untoward things happen, don’t make excuses. And, don’t — I repeat, don’t — believe the lie that “these are just minor things” that will hurt the Church’s reputation if we blow them “out of proportion.” That lie still smells of the sulfur of its place of origin.

Christians, we can do better for God’s Glory.

52 Verses, 52 Books, 52 Weeks (Week 46: 2 Peter)

By Timothy R Butler | Posted at 7:30 PM

Join us as Jim takes us to the woods (and 2 Peter) to think of the real source for how we become “better people.” It isn’t a self-help book.

52 Verses, 52 Books, 52 Weeks (Week 45: 1 Timothy)

By Timothy R Butler | Posted at 7:30 PM

How should we be people of thanksgiving not just as we enter the month that features “Thanksgiving Day,” but every day?

Mercy Not Strained (November 1, 2021)

By Timothy R Butler | Posted at 9:01 PM

As we conclude our exploration of Solomon’s prayer of dedication for the temple, we’ve returned multiple times to our failures and need for forgiveness. Solomon also speaks of justice. How do we balance justice and mercy?

52 Verses, 52 Books, 52 Weeks (Week 44: Judges)

By Timothy R Butler | Posted at 7:48 PM

Join us on Reformation Sunday (and Halloween) as Melanie Haynes takes us to Judges as we continue our journey through the Bible.

No "Ist," "And" or "Buts." (Octobert 25, 2021)

By Timothy R Butler | Posted at 8:31 PM

As we continue to explore the prayer dedicating the temple, what does that prayer reveal about its purpose? Was the temple merely a way to encourage Israel’s worship of the Lord or did God direct them (and us) towards something more?

52 Verses, 52 Books, 52 Weeks (Week 43: Jonah)

By Timothy R Butler | Posted at 7:44 PM

For this week’s 52 Verses entry, I turned to Jonah for a consideration of God’s vision of ministry.

The Mirage of Victory (October 18, 2021)

By Timothy R Butler | Posted at 8:57 PM

Solomon prayed for victory, but does his prayer mean whatever “victories” we want are just a prayer away?

52 Verses, 52 Books, 52 Weeks (Week 42: 1 Peter)

By Timothy R Butler | Posted at 11:51 AM

This week, Jim Krenning takes us to 1 Peter 2:16 to think about Christian freedom for our journey through 52 Verses from 52 Books in 52 Weeks.

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