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Continuing to Believe Even When We

Continuing to Believe Even When We're Not Healed

Vineyard Columbus recently hosted a conference titled “Light the Fire” with Jordan Seng, a pastor from Hawaii.  Many, many people were encouraged by the conference to believe God for more of his presence and power.  Many, many people experienced God’s Spirit in a powerful way.  And we have received testimonies of several remarkable healings that spontaneously...

How to Think About Hurricanes (and Other Natural Disasters)

How to Think About Hurricanes (and Other Natural Disasters)

In the past month, three of the strongest hurricanes ever to hit the United States in recorded history brought economic devastation, suffering and at least 120 deaths to Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and several other states.  How should a thoughtful Christian think about hurricanes and other natural disasters?  There are several unhelpful ways to think about hurricanes:   ...

Why White Evangelical Pastors Must Speak out about Racism and Anti-Semitism in our Country

Why White Evangelical Pastors Must Speak out about Racism and Anti-Semitism in our Country

   Dear Brothers and Sisters, In light of the events of Charlottesville I thought I would offer some reflections regarding why white evangelical pastors must speak out about racism and anti-Semitism in our country. With much love, Rich   Like many Americans, I was sickened to watch Nazis and so-called White Nationalists march in Charlottesville last week.  As a Jew, I...

Does the Bible Forbid Women From Holding any Position in the Church?

Does the Bible Forbid Women From Holding any Position in the Church?

If you talk with secular people who are upset with Christianity, one of the charges that’s frequently hurled against Christianity is that the Bible oppresses women! How can you believe in a book that denies the full equality of women and men? How can you in the 21st century believe in a book that says that women are not allowed to lead in the church or be ordained or preach to men? What...

Slow Down and Listen to God

Slow Down and Listen to God

Are you facing a major decision in the next 6 months—a decision that will significantly impact the course of your life? For example, if you are a teenager, you may be considering college or, perhaps, joining the military, or taking a year off to travel, or do ministry. If you choose college, which college should you go to? Should you start off in a community college or should you pursue...

The One Thing Our Country (and Every Organization) Needs

The One Thing Our Country (and Every Organization) Needs

If someone was to come up to me and ask, “What is the one thing, apart from salvation, that our nation needs at this particular moment” or if someone was to ask you that question – “If you were to give our nation one gift or this world one thing apart from a relationship with God, what would that one thing be?” For me, the desperate need of America and the...

What if Jesus Didn

What if Jesus Didn't Rise from the Dead?

Invariably, right before Easter, you will hear a seminary professor on the radio or a Bishop from some church on TV say, “It really doesn’t matter if Jesus rose from the dead, or not. What really matters is the Golden Rule that he taught us – ‘to do unto others as you would have them do to you.’ Or you might hear them say something like, ‘Ultimately, it...

Shaping the Inclinations of our Hearts

Shaping the Inclinations of our Hearts

Have you ever tried to argue with someone who was really “dug-in” to a position regarding a controversial issue like abortion or admitting refugees to the United States? As someone who has been committed to a pro-life position for 40 years, I’ve had many conversations with pro-choice people that went something like this: “I don’t believe the government should...

Take a Risk:  Invite Someone to Become Fully Alive

Take a Risk: Invite Someone to Become Fully Alive

Do you know people in your life who are stuck going through the motions? Is someone in your family struggling spiritually? Do you have a co-worker who always talks about getting in shape but keeps falling off the wagon? Do you have a neighbor who is lonely and is longing for connection?   This upcoming Fully Alive campaign is for them and for you! Throughout the six weeks of the...

Fully Alive!

Fully Alive!

FULLY ALIVE Congregational Letter | February 2017 | By Rich Nathan We’re going to be engaged in an all-church campaign called “Fully Alive” during the Lenten season, from February 26 through Palm Sunday, April 9. The purpose of the campaign is to bring a laser-like focus to discipleship in our church. Last year we were thrilled with our church’s involvement in the...

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