by Rob Thompson on March 5th, 2021
If we expect to be ONE in Church, there must be uncommon and unnatural intentional behavior. Common vision, purpose and goals (certainly we are called to this) requires uncommon and unnatural teachability, eagerness for harmony, admiration of other’s, humilty and meekness.Teachability - “Never be wise in your own sight.” Rom 12:16Eagerness for Harmony – “Live in harmony with one another” Rom 12:1...
Stuff Only God Knows
by Pete Nelson on February 26th, 2021
If you’re like me, you probably thought that becoming a Christian would open up the windows of understanding the inscrutable. Evidently, not so! While our God marvelously reveals himself to us, shows us things we never understood before, exposes wonderful truth, he does not give us everything we want to know. This, for some, is disappointing… And understandably so, because we tend to think that th...
Of Lent and Liturgies
by Dan Vandzura on February 19th, 2021
“Tradition is the living faith of the dead, traditionalism is the dead faith of the living…” Jaroslav Pelikan Depending on your faith background or friend group, you may or may not have remembered that this past Wednesday was Ash Wednesday and marked the beginning of the season of Lent. (if you did, don’t feel bad, I didn’t remember until Wednesday night). The truth is, as American Evangelicals, w...
The Subtle Slide
by Pete Nelson on February 5th, 2021
Coronavirus... winter...school schedules that change weekly...flu...quarantine...masks...no large parties...restricted travel...hearing your kids longing for (gasp) school!With Groundhog Day fast approaching, I’m not even sure Punxsutawney Phil will emerge from his hole! I think he’s in counseling (virtually, and double masked).I’m noticing as I’m sure you have, this subtle slide in regards to a l...
You've Got Mail
by Dan Vandzura on January 22nd, 2021
Since I’ve arrived at Beacon, I’ve found myself in a number of conversations with Pastor Josh about culture and history, learning quite a number of things on the topic in each conversation. This past week, in discussing the inauguration and transition of power, I mentioned how much I appreciated Washington’s farewell address, and he informed me that the speech is read aloud each year in the senate...
Cable News, Pharisees, and You
by Josh Cervone on January 15th, 2021
We are a tad over 2 weeks into the new year and it has already been action packed. The worldwide pandemic has continued with ever increasing infection numbers here in the US and abroad. We have seen the chaos and ongoing division that is spewing forth from Washington and various other locations across the country. We have all felt the anxiety and confusion of this time. And on top of that it feels...