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God’s Timing is Perfect

I came to Christ at a Passover dinner when I was 18 years old. The Passover dinner was part of a fellowship meeting led by a man in his 50s named Don. Don had a very troubled past. He was an alcoholic.  He and his wife would frequently fight over Don’s abuse of alcohol. One night when he was severely depressed, he decided to kill himself by driving his car onto some railroad tracks in ...

How Should Christians Engage Politically?

How Should Christians Engage Politically?

In the upcoming election, the question that ought to be on the hearts of all Christian believers is, "How should I approach my voting decision?" About 25 years ago, Stanley Hauerwas and William Willimon wrote a book provocatively titled, "Resident Aliens." "Resident Aliens"had to do with the way that we Christians understand our fundamental identity and our calling in contemporary America. The ...

Staying in Fellowship for a Lifetime (Not Just a Season)

Staying in Fellowship for a Lifetime (Not Just a Season)

This year Vineyard Columbus is engaged in an all-church campaign called The Good Life during the season of Lent. Our goal was to double the number of small groups here at Vineyard Columbus. By God’s grace, we were able to do that! Over 400 people signed up to host new groups designed for those who are in our church, but not presently attending a small group, and those who are outside our ...

Speak Up For Those Who Have No Voice

Speak Up For Those Who Have No Voice

Speak up for the people who have no voice, For the rights of all the down-and-outers   Speak out for justice! Stand up for the poor and destitute! (Proverbs 31.8-9, The Message)   This text from Proverbs 31 is often cited by Christian pro-lifers in support of the lives of the unborn. And rightly so! But many pro-lifers have been deafeningly silent concerning the plight of ...

Excuses, Excuses: What Keeps Us From Fulfilling God

Excuses, Excuses: What Keeps Us From Fulfilling God's Calling

Have you ever read some of the actual excuses people have given after being pulled over by the police: “Oh, I thought the sign I-95 meant the speed limit. Glad you didn’t catch me on State Route 210 earlier!”   One police officer said: “I stopped a guy for doing 71 mph in a 50 mph zone because he wanted to get to McDonald’s before the breakfast menu ...

How To Be Content No Matter What

How To Be Content No Matter What

With the holidays coming, many of us live with significant levels of discontent. Why is our family the way it is? Why must we struggle to make ends meet? Why don’t we experience gratitude and peace instead of stress and anxiety? In Philippians 4, the Apostle Paul says, “I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to ...

When People Make You Crazy

When People Make You Crazy

Do you know anyone who makes you crazy? I pastor a church of over 8,000 people. Do you think there may be a few crazy-making people among the 8,000? I work on a staff of over 200 people. Even though we’re all Christians, we can make one another crazy as we try to work together and try to pastor the 8,000.   There are the very sweet, very kind people who are incredibly slow in ...

Ohio Judicial Conference: Religious Liberty and Same-Sex Relationships

Ohio Judicial Conference: Religious Liberty and Same-Sex Relationships

This talk was given on Friday, September 4, 2015 at the Ohio Judicial Conference.    Good morning. My name is Rich Nathan. I’m pastor of Vineyard Columbus which is a large multi-ethnic church on the eastside of Columbus in Westerville. The church averages about 8000 attendees each weekend. I’ve been the pastor of Vineyard Columbus from the beginning, so I’ve ...

10 Reasons to Attend Vineyard Institute (What’s the Point of Theological Education?)

10 Reasons to Attend Vineyard Institute (What’s the Point of Theological Education?)

I’ve been involved in theological education and leadership training for two decades – first, in the formation of VLI (Vineyard Leadership Institute), and now, as a board member of Vineyard Institute.  Vineyard Institute (VI) is an entirely new international training school which equips people to be better disciples, lay leaders, church planters, pastors, and missionaries.  ...

Understanding and Responding to the Recent Supreme Court Decision on Gay Marriage

Understanding and Responding to the Recent Supreme Court Decision on Gay Marriage

On June 26, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that our Constitution guarantees the right for same-sex couples to marry in all 50 states. Justice Anthony Kennedy stated in his majority opinion: “The Court, in this decision, holds same-sex couples may exercise the fundamental right to marry in all States.”    How might Christians understand and respond to this decision? ...

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