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March 31, 2018
Rich Nathan
How We Can Stop Talking Past Each Other

How We Can Stop Talking Past Each Other

At the dawn of the 21st century, the President of the National Association of Evangelicals, Leith Anderson, was asked what he thought were the most divisive issues facing Christians in the 21st century. His response: how Christians approach the LGBT issue and how Christians approach the exclusivity of Christ. I recently heard Leith say that he was right about the ...

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February 27, 2018
Rich Nathan
Give and Go

Give and Go

Give As part of our annual discipleship campaigns, we always include a service component. Serving our community is part of our mission statement where we say: “We exist to develop a community of disciples who experience God, love one another, and partner with Christ to heal the world.” Serving is a way we partner with Christ to heal the world! ...

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February 1, 2018
Rich Nathan
The Real Jesus

The Real Jesus

We are going to be doing another discipleship campaign during the season of Lent this year. If you’ve been here the last two years, you may have experienced one of our all church discipleship campaigns. In 2016, our theme was The Good Life. And then last year, we did a campaign called Fully Alive. As part of the Fully Alive ...

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January 2, 2018
Rich Nathan
Why Serve?

Why Serve?

Corporations understand how powerful service is in developing a faithful clientele. This has been the secret of corporations as diverse as Neiman-Marcus and Frito Lays. They serve their customers. Service is the hallmark of the Ritz-Carlton Hotel chain. Each staff member is mindful of one thing: we are here to serve our guests. The hotel’s corporate motto is this: “You ...

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December 1, 2017
Rich Nathan
Generous People Bless Themselves - December 2017

Generous People Bless Themselves - December 2017

At Christmas, we are urged to be generous – by countless commercials, newspaper editorials, and especially by seeing the Anheuser-Busch Clydesdales pulling a sleigh filled with presents. Of course, our model for generosity is God himself. God was generous in creation by giving human beings the earth. God is generous in caring for the earth. God was generous in giving ...

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October 26, 2017
Rich Nathan
CONTINUING TO BELIEVE EVEN WHEN WE'RE NOT HEALED

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 occurred during the conference ...

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October 3, 2017
Rich Nathan
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:   Hurricanes are ...

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August 19, 2017
Rich Nathan
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 ...

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August 3, 2017
Rich Nathan
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 ...

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June 30, 2017
Rich Nathan
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 ...

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