Category: Faith

Armchair Musing: Spiritual Disciplines – A Foreign Land

A few weeks ago, I went to California for my cousin’s wedding. Becky (my wife) & I were staying in an Airbnb, which meant we had to find a grocery store, and other amenities we would utilize while we were there (most importantly, coffee shops!). As you would imagine, the first day or so we…

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People to Be Loved, or Things to Be Used

“We must rapidly begin the shift from a thing-oriented society to a person-oriented society. When machines and computers, profit motives, and property rights are considered more important than people, the giant triplets of racism, materialism, and militarism are incapable of being conquered.” – Martin Luther King Jr. Today, I want to write about how we…

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What’s Your Reminder?

Today, I want to talk about remembering. Because, I believe a key pathology of our age is forgetfulness. That, due to the pace of our world, the speed of our world, the constant pressure to move on to the next thing and the next notification, we as a culture are in the habit of forgetfulness….

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What Are You Scared Of?

The truth is, I’m scared of a lot. And, if you listen to fear, it only speaks louder, and more confidently. The problem with listening to your fears isn’t only that fear lies, but that fear controls your freedom. Fear controls your freedom. Erwin McManus put it this way: “What you fear establishes the boundaries…

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The Next Move. Just Say Yes.

Introduction: Andrew Epp is Bethany’s new Executive Pastor, starting in January 2019.  This is the first in a series of posts that we hope will help you to get to know Andrew, his family, and their desire to serve the Lord. The following post was written by Genevieve Epp (Andrew’s wife) and published on her…

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Called to Serve

2 Corinthians 1:3-4 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. All of us go through trials…

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Death and Suffering Are Weird Things

Death and suffering are weird things. Because, they are awful, wrong, and even evil things, but, they are also the things out of which meaning, beauty, and strength can grow. This is the strangeness of death, suffering, and difficulty. It’s both terribly awful, and also the place of some of the deepest transformation I’ve ever…

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Can We Be Brutally Honest About Something?

After seeing all that’s happened in the past year, we can honestly say this: Hate seems to be alive and well in our world. For all the progress we have made as a society in so many areas, hate has not been eradicated. In some ways, it’s still growing – in our culture, in our…

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Repentance

“Repentance is not an emotion. It is not feeling sorry for your sins. It is a decision. “It is deciding that you have been wrong in supposing that you could manage your own life and be your own god; it is deciding that you were wrong in thinking that you had, or could get, the…

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Conditional Love

Here is the awkward truth of my life, and likely yours… I talk a lot about the unconditional love of God, and showing it to others, but mostly the love I show is conditional. This was recently pointed out to me in and through the writings of Thomas Merton. If you’ve never read him, I…

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