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Liberated by Thanksgiving

“Try to live one entire day in utter thanksgiving. Balance every complaint with ten gratitudes, every criticism with ten compliments.” - Richard Foster...

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Receiving God

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What is there to learn of God that we haven't because we work too hard at it? What is there to learn of God that is available to us, only if we were still enough to receive it?...

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Be the Madman!

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In our secular world, maybe we should embrace being the madman....

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How should Christians respond to the War in Ukraine?

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As we speak, the largest war on the European continent since World War II has begun. In our media-centric world, as Christians we must ensure that we are allowing the Scriptures to guide our thinking before media outlets. The situation in Ukraine could be simply described (an aggressor invading an innocent people), yet the story and motivations that lies behind this war ...

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A Theology of Christmas: Advent, Home Alone, and the Unexpected Peace of God

The challenge of Christmas: can the church embody it within the chaos of our present world?...

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Problems with American Evangelicalism: Asking hard questions, and seeking necessary change


The American Evangelical Church is facing a pivotal moment for reform. Will we listen and take heed? And what does it mean for Immanuel Church? ...

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Jesus, Dostoevsky, and Nightbirde: The Transcendent Moment of America’s Got Talent


A beautiful and transcendent moment was found in an unlikely place within American culture this week... lets talk about Jesus, Dostoevsky, and Nightbirde (Jane Marczewski)...

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Patient Love: The Next Chapter of American Christianity

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In decades and centuries past, most of America had a basic shared worldview and values system that somewhat reflected Scripture. This has rapidly diminished since the 1960s. Since the 1980s, it has been argued that the church has not grown tremendously through conversion, but rather through transfer growth as churches close and new ones are planted. Young people ...

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Huxley, Christianity and the Right to be Unhappy

When is the last time you were unhappy? Hurt? Distressed? Felt stressed and pressured, but you had no way out? When is the last time you felt guilt over your own wrong doing? When is the last time you were uncomfortable both physically and emotionally?...

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The Day Our Capitol was Sacked


As the rest of the world sat and watched the events unfold in our nation’s capitol, I could not believe my eyes. In my lifetime, things were happening that my grandchildren and beyond would read and study about in history books. I pulled my children beside me, and tried my best to explain to them what was happening. I love my nation, I am proud to be an American, and ...

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A Response to the Election Results: How should we feel and what do we do now?


How do we as a church respond to the election results? By keeping our eyes focused on what has always remained: the Great Commission. ...

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Immanuel's Guide to the 2020 Election: Raising Our Ambitions


The Church must raise its ambitions far beyond the White House, and look to our neighbors. ...

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