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The Gospel and the Quest for Happiness

The French observer of American society Alexis de Tocqueville recorded his astonishment at the typical American’s “futile pursuit of that complete felicity which always escapes him.” He wrote that in the 1830’s. Has much changed since then? Though social scientists tell us that, in general, most people seem to be relatively content, there are too…

The Gospel and True Freedom

As Americans, we pride ourselves on being a freedom-loving people. But what is this freedom we cherish? Our secular age has interpreted liberty to mean a radical moral and spiritual autonomy, the unfettered freedom to live by one’s own self-determined meaning, morality, truth, and identity. This notion of freedom was virtually codified as law when…

Ready for Christ, Ready for Anything

The Scriptures have much to say – though not always as clearly as we might wish – about the return of Christ. Christians will continue to debate the timing and circumstances of his Second Coming, probably up to the day he does return. But the Bible’s testimony is unambiguous about this: Jesus is coming again.…

The Believing Samaritan

The Good Samaritan of Jesus’ parable in Luke 10 enjoys the fame and prestige of the honor attached to his name. Though in the minds of first-century Israelites, “good” and “Samaritan” were two words that couldn’t possibly belong in the same sentence, the Samaritan who helped the beaten and left-for-dead Jewish man lives on as…

Unworthy Servants

Jesus’ teaching in Luke 17:7-10 is a reality check for our easily-inflated sense of self-worth. Lest we think our lives as Christians entitles us to God’s blessing, or that we are somehow doing God great favors by our following Christ, Jesus emphatically reminds us of this truth: we are mere servants. And unworthy ones at…

June is “Invite-a-Friend-to-Church Month”

One thing I love about our congregation is the friendly reception visitors receive when they come to our Sunday service. I also appreciate how some people in the church are especially active in inviting and bringing friends and family members to join us for worship. So it’s not as though we’re an unwelcoming church, or…

The Humble King

We call Jesus’ arrival to Jerusalem at the end of his earthly ministry the “Triumphal Entry.” And rightly so, for the scene was one of triumph. As Jesus approached the Holy City, he was met with the jubilant praises of the crowds. They laid down their cloaks on the road for a royal welcome, joyfully…

The Tech-Wise Family by Andy Crouch

Technology has flooded our homes like a tsunami. We’re awash in devices and screens of all kinds, with their near-hypnotic power to capture and monopolize our attention. And what’s more, just as victims of a real tsunami are helpless to restrain the surging waters, so parents may feel the digital deluge is an overwhelming force…