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May 31, 2019
Rich Nathan
Christianity is Jewish

Christianity is Jewish

Jesus was as thoroughgoing a Jew as anyone who ever lived. In fact, Jesus wouldn’t have responded to the name Jesus if you yelled “Jesus!” to him across a busy street. Known in his time as Yeshua, which we would translate in English as Joshua, he was named for the Jewish hero who led the Israelites into the Promised Land. ...

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April 30, 2019
Rich Nathan
Great is Thy Faithfulness

Great is Thy Faithfulness

When I was a young leader, I used to be incredibly impressed by people’s gifting. What an incredible preacher! I wish I could preach like that. She’s amazing—what a talented singer! What an extraordinary writer! What a gifted prophet! I still love gifting. But the longer I’ve been in ministry, the more I find myself admiring people who simply show ...

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March 22, 2019
Rich Nathan
What Should You Pledge to The Story Continues Giving Campaign?

What Should You Pledge to The Story Continues Giving Campaign?

If we want to understand the relative importance of our money and our giving to God, all we need to do is open God’s Word. There we will find thousands of verses about our money and our possessions. The sheer volume of verses on money shouts to us about the importance of money to God. There are way more verses ...

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February 1, 2019
Rich Nathan
A Home that is Filled with Treasure

A Home that is Filled with Treasure

3 By wisdom a house is built, and through understanding it is established; 4 through knowledge its rooms are filled with rare and beautiful treasures. Proverbs 24:3-4 Proverbs tells us that if we build a home with wisdom, understanding and knowledge, the rooms will be filled with rare and beautiful treasures. The writer is not talking about tangible possessions. The ...

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January 26, 2019
Rich Nathan
10 Reasons Why I Oppose Abortion

10 Reasons Why I Oppose Abortion

I write this post as a pastor appealing to people’s consciences. I do not write in an attempt to persuade anyone regarding their choice of political parties or how they may choose to vote in an election. This post is simply an attempt to shape the moral sensibilities of the reader’s heart regarding one of the most significant moral issues ...

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January 6, 2019
Rich Nathan
An Exciting New Chapter in the Story of Vineyard Columbus

An Exciting New Chapter in the Story of Vineyard Columbus

“There is no success without a successor.” Nearly 20 years ago, I read a classic book on leadership by Jim Collins titled Good to Great. The book was about how to build enduring greatness in companies and institutions. Collins wrote, “Great companies (churches) are led by level 5 leaders. The good to great leaders never wanted to become larger-than-life heroes. ...

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December 3, 2018
Rich Nathan
Our Best Days are Ahead of Us

Our Best Days are Ahead of Us

This next year I’ll celebrate my 32nd year as Senior Pastor of Vineyard Columbus. Marlene and I joined the church 41 years ago when we moved to Columbus for me to attend law school at The Ohio State University. Back then, the church was an independent, non-denominational church of about 35 people. We had no pastor, but we had lay ...

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October 30, 2018
Rich Nathan
A Church for Us

A Church for Us

On the Day of Pentecost, when the Christian church was birthed, the Apostle Peter told us who the gospel and the church was for. He said this: “The promise is for you and for your children and for all who are far off, for all whom the Lord will call” (Acts 2:39). As I understand it, the reason we do ...

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September 29, 2018
Rich Nathan
Where I Stand Politically

Where I Stand Politically

In this incredibly partisan and politically divisive time, it seems that any time I communicate thoughts about topics that I regard as biblical—topics such as immigration, abortion or civility in public discourse—I receive a flood of emails and Facebook messages telling me that I’m becoming “too political”. So, I thought I might offer a few of my thoughts regarding one ...

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September 18, 2018
Rich Nathan
What Does the Recent Survey tell us about Vineyard Columbus?

What Does the Recent Survey tell us about Vineyard Columbus?

Every two years, since 2002, Vineyard Columbus has done a survey of every adult who is present at one of our services on a weekend in the spring. What does our 2018 survey tell us about Vineyard Columbus at this time in our history? 1. We are a very diverse church. Even in 2018, there are simply not that many ...

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