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Telling the Truth about ISIS

The following article was written for Evangelicals Now and published in their news publication for October 2014. Observing the conversation regarding the abhorrent evil that is ISIS, I have come to two conclusions. One, worldview matters. Two, some, even when their worldview is patently failing, will continue to stick their head in the sand. ISIS is such an obvious evil that is hard to find sufficient adjectives to describe its horror. None of rational turn of mind will deny that evil. The challenge is to interpret it within a framework that makes sense. Whence this evil? Who are these people? Why do they act this way? Out of the answers to such questions will be formed a practical policy to defeat the evil itself. It appears that the secular worldview with relation to ISIS is that these are not the true representatives of Islam, and that the motivations for their actions are largely political. The solution, therefore,...

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The Gospel of God #20, Romans 2:6-8, “Paul’s Screwtape Letter”

When I was looking at this passage earlier this week, the thought came to my mind that this was probably the most countercultural passage in the Bible! How could we look at this passage and understand it today? Why would we invite a friend to come to church to hear this passage explained? And then it dawned on me: here in this passage is the antidote to probably the greatest test we face now. I’ve formulated it as "Paul’s Screwtape Letter"—playing off the famous book by C.S. Lewis. Paul here is providing ammunition to counter one of the standard temptations that we face at the moment. I would love to have your input and observations as we look at Romans 2:6-8 on Sunday at College Church. Here is a video introducing the theme of the sermon. And here is one recent analysis* of the prevalent narcissism of our culture which this passage answers. What Paul is showing is why...

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The Gospel of God #17 and a Pastoral Note

I hope you will join us this Sunday, February 16, at 8:00, 9:30, or 11:00 a.m. as we continue in our study of Paul’s letter to the Romans in our series, “The Gospel of God.” I’ll be preaching a message entitled “Homosexual Practice and Contemporary Society” from Romans 1:26-27: 26 For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; 27 and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error. You may watch a video preview about this week’s sermon here. In preparing for this message, and the one last week, I sent the following pastoral note to our congregation. (Note, if you missed last Sunday’s sermon, you can listen online here.) This coming weekend, February 8-9, and the following Sunday, February 16, we are...

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College Church Welcomes Rosaria Butterfield

This Saturday, February 1, from 9:00-10:30 a.m. in Commons Hall, College Church welcomes Dr. Rosaria Butterfield. Rosaria is the author of The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert, and she will share with us what she calls “My Train Wreck Conversion.”From 9:00-9:45 a.m., we will hear Rosaria’s story of grace, followed by a Q&A time from 9:45-10:30 a.m. We hope you will join us....

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Answers to the 10 Most Common Questions About Christmas

College Church has made available a short book to accompany our Christmas series. It’s called How Christmas Can Change Your Life: Answers to the 10 Most Common Questions About Christmas. You can pick up a copy at College Church in the Commons or at the welcome desks in the Narthex. Give one to a friend, and invite them to join us this Christmas as we think about how Christmas really can change your life. ...

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