The Spiritual Practice of Disagreeing (Without Being Disagreeable)

April 30, 2017By Deidra Riggs

Last week, a guy came to our city. He arrived in a gigantic tour bus and he had a police escort and he stood on the steps of our Capital building and drew a great crowd. I knew he was coming. All around town, for weeks, there had been posted fliers and posters and placards announcing his arrival. I saw the announcements, made a mental note of the date, and reminded myself to avoid the area that day.

What if Mercy is a Better Option?

April 29, 2017By Deidra Riggs

In his book, “No Future Without Forgiveness,” Bishop Desmond Tutu writes about the work of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of South Africa. As he establishes the foundation of the book and sets out to walk the reader through the work of the Commission, Bishop Tutu is careful to make the distinction between retributive justice, and restorative justice…

Hearing God’s Voice (Part 2)

March 12, 2017By Breon Wells

God still speaks! God still speaks to humanity, and desires to speak with you. Because our Sovereign King is unseen, we often envision him as an entity that is close enough to see all things, but also too far for personal interaction. But nothing is further from the truth. God was not only invested in our creation and formation, but he continuously invests himself in our daily activities and agendas. In fact I would say that communication with man is something God delights in!

Meeting Jesus at the Rose Parade

January 2, 2017By Mark D. Roberts

My son met Jesus at the Rose Parade in Pasadena, California. No, not in the sense that he became a Christian there. Rather, he met Jesus in the flesh, or, I suppose, a reasonable facsimile.

Advent Reminds Us To Protect The Vulnerable

December 22, 2016By Tim Yee

Advent is a time for us to find the courage to protect the vulnerable as Joseph did with Mary and Mary did with Jesus. Advent offers an invitation to all of us to individually and corporately protect the vulnerable.

The Grace to Lead, The Grace to Feed

December 18, 2016By Breon Wells

Next Sunday we will reflect upon the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ. The prophet Isaiah proclaims that “the government would be upon his shoulders” and that there would be no end to the increase of peace and his government (Isaiah 9:6-7).

Never an Inconvenience

December 10, 2016By Deidra Riggs

The bible tells us Christ willingly moved into the neighborhood, leaving heaven for earth to be with us, in human form. Compelled by an inexplicable love for his creation, God somehow took on the form of a baby and came to be with us.

Not So Quick to Judge

October 16, 2016By Deidra Riggs

Thumbs up or thumbs down?Recently, I read an article disparaging people who plan to vote for a certain presidential candidate. The article has been shared more than 300,000 times on Facebook. If you tell him you’re voting for this particular candidate, the author says, “Instantly, I know there are certain things about you and your character that I can assume that I wouldn’t like if you told me you supported any other …candidate.” And, according to the author, none of those characteristics are good.

The Problem with the People You Lead

September 10, 2016By Tod Bolsinger

Did you see that word? Sabotage.

That’s not a word you expected to see in a post on Christian leadership, did you? But, it’s very real. Even for Christians (maybe, especially for Christians)