In several surveys, fear of public speaking outranks fear of death as people’s number one fear. If that’s the case, I imagine fear of praying in public might be the true number one anxiety! Some people seem like they’re born to pray in public. I remember a man named Bill T. Newton in the church I grew up in. Bill T. glorified God every Sunday with his rich, deep bass voice. And at every Sunday school opening, Bill T. glorified God by leading us in prayer. Bill T.’s prayers we
We read Isaiah 49:1–12 for our morning devotion today. It’s a prophecy directed to the Jewish exiles in the land of Babylon. The scripture gives voice to feelings of failure on the part of God’s people. It also gives voice to God’s determination to bring them home and launch them on a new adventure in ministry. Exile is an experience we can relate to. The pandemic has exiled us from 16 Hitt Street. Maybe we feel discouraged at what has become of our years of service to the Lo
A member of the congregation loaned me a book, The Sure Victory, by Madame Chiang Kai-shek. Also known by her given name, Soong Mei-ling, Madame Chiang was the First Lady of the Republic of China. She rallied the Chinese people against the Japanese invasion of China in the 1930s. Educated at Wellesley College, she made several visits to the U.S. to win support for the Chinese war effort against Japan. When her husband’s Nationalist government fell to the Communists in 1949, M
Before the election I wrote an article titled, “How to be a Christian on Election Day.” Here is an updated version for Inauguration Day. God is sovereign. Politicians aren’t. If your preferred candidate won the election, curb your enthusiasm. Jesus Christ is King of kings and Lord of lords, and even the best human leaders fall far short of his justice and righteousness. “Our citizenship is in heaven, and it is from there that we are expecting a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ”
Is there a church out there that doesn't wound its own? A church where you don't have to check your brain at the door? A church that won't bore me to tears? Is there any more to learn from God and Christ? Come and see...
Michael Maddaus was the juvenile delinquent son of a violent alcoholic step-father and suicidal mother. To avoid doing prison time, he joined the Navy; then he earned a community college degree and eventually became a highly regarded surgeon on the faculty of the University of Minnesota’s medical school. After undergoing surgery himself, he became addicted to painkillers. He entered an in-patient substance abuse treatment program, graduated, and began to focus more on his fam
On January 17 and 24 we are going to hear two stories about Jesus calling disciples to follow him. Here and there over the next two weeks we’re going to share some call stories with you. I’ll start by describing my own call to ordained ministry. When I entered college, I was planning to be a high school history teacher. After my sophomore year I took a job as a freshman orientation counselor and later became a resident advisor. Helping new students work through their anxietie