On Creativity & Preaching

Should sermons be creative? Is it wrong to crave & expect creative sermons? It all depends on how we define “creative”. This I know to be true: nowhere is the Gospel boring. Proclaiming Jesus crucified and alive is impossible to do without joy, intrigue, mystery, and amazement. But what of style? Should we expect creativeContinue reading “On Creativity & Preaching”

Seeing Jesus Clearly

Slumped in their muddy trenches, with darkness settling over the battlefield, soldiers of the First World War were on edge. In the pitch black night, a flare lit up the sky over their trench, almost like a lightbulb, hanging in the sky, slowly falling back down to earth. Their heart skips a beat: the enemyContinue reading “Seeing Jesus Clearly”

Where Life Is Won

Sports are one of my passions. Any sport, really. Football, basketball, baseball, hockey — a ball, a puck, anything. I suppose it’s something to do with the home I was raised in. Even now, the Stacy men keep a group text going devoted to sports news. (If you need proof, I could show you the most recentContinue reading “Where Life Is Won”

A Surprising Kingdom

“Surprise” comes from Old French that means “to seize”. To be surprised is to be trapped for a moment — suspended, seized by a change so profound, so in contrast with the colors of the normal, so unraveling, that you’re compelled to simply stay motionless. Emotion follows. It’s hard to surprise us anymore. Just a century ago,Continue reading “A Surprising Kingdom”

Jesus At The Table

Tomorrow, most of us will take a seat around our table, filled with family and friends. We may spend longer than usual talking about the cranberries, the weather, or the game — because we all know at any moment, the trending topics of social media could make their way into the social gathering. This sort of fearContinue reading “Jesus At The Table”

What was the Reformation?

Regardless of your faith convictions, the Reformation has impacted your life. And not in unsignificant ways. The Reformation has been linked to capitalism, politics, and the scientific revolution. Those within the Christian faith unknowingly lean on the effects of the Reformation when we open our Bible app, head to our local Baptist, Presbyterian, or otherContinue reading “What was the Reformation?”