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The Vineyard: A Global Family

The Vineyard: A Global Family

This summer Vineyard Columbus has the privilege of hosting the first international gathering of Vineyard leaders in 20 years. Many folks who attend Vineyard Columbus don't realize that we are not an independent local church, but are part of an enormous global family called the Vineyard that has 600 churches in the United States and about 2000 more churches in 75 different countries. And, of ...

A Response to the Charleston Shootings-Prayer Meeting Tonight, Friday June 19

A Response to the Charleston Shootings-Prayer Meeting Tonight, Friday June 19

    To My Dear Brothers and Sisters, Today, the hearts of every Christian, and indeed every person of good will, are broken by the tragic murders of 9 worshippers at the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, SC.  As I prayed for the victims’ families, friends and for the Charleston community this morning, I felt the grief of the Lord’s Spirit joining me in my ...

The Glory of God is Man Fully Alive

The Glory of God is Man Fully Alive

Near the end of the second century, a bishop named Irenaeus wrote a classic Christian book from Lyons, a city in France. The book was called “Against Heresies.” In it Irenaeus uttered this wonderful phrase, “The glory of God is man fully alive.”    There is a great deal of meaning packed into these words. At the very least, Irenaeus is arguing for fully ...

Words that Wound; Words that Heal

Words that Wound; Words that Heal

In America we have been taught from the time we are small that what comes out of someone’s mouth is really no big deal. We’ve all heard the old nursery rhyme, “Sticks and stones will break my bones, but names will never hurt me.”I often wonder who the foolish person was who came up with that nursery rhyme because I would like to throw a few sticks and stones their ...

Follow Me and I Will Make You…What?

Follow Me and I Will Make You…What?

The other night at the small group that I attend, the leader of our group taught on Jesus’ calling of his first disciples. In this story from Matthew 4, Jesus was walking by the Sea of Galilee when he saw two brothers, Simon, called Peter, and his brother, Andrew. They were casting a net into the lake because they were fishermen. Jesus said to them, “Follow me and I will make you ...

Why Bad Things Happen to Good People: A Response to Suffering

Why Bad Things Happen to Good People: A Response to Suffering

There is almost no adult living in America today who can’t distinctly remember where they were when terrorists flew two commercial airliners into the World Trade Center’s Twin Towers killing nearly 3,000 people. I was in Maine and watched the fall of the towers in complete shock and horror. Our nation’s grief was compounded two years ago when a young gunman entered the Sandy ...

People Who Serve Others Bless Themselves

People Who Serve Others Bless Themselves

Adam Grant is a professor at the Wharton School of Business. At age 31, Grant is the youngest-tenured and highest-rated professor at Wharton. He is also one of the most prolific scholars in his field, Organizational Psychology, which is the study of workplace dynamics.  In the seven years since he got his Ph.D., Grant has published more papers in his field’s top-tier journals than ...

Generous People Bless Themselves

Generous People Bless Themselves

Many of us like to dream about what we would do, if only… we had more money or more time, or we weren’t so tired from all the demands of work and family.   Meet Albert Lexie.  He is 71 and is a shoeshine man.  Shining shoes is the only job Albert has ever had. He started shining shoes when he was 15 and has been shining shoes for 56 years.  Albert is ...

Recovering Healing Prayer for the 21st Century

Recovering Healing Prayer for the 21st Century

In the middle of October, we hosted a healing conference here at Vineyard Columbus. A Vineyard pastor from Northern Ireland, named Alan Scott, led the conference.  More than four dozen people took the time to write a brief testimony of healing that either they or a family member personally experienced. Here are a few of those stories. My wife has had breast cancer twice. She had a tumor on ...

Religious Freedom Under Attack

Religious Freedom Under Attack

Over the last few years, religious groups have found themselves on the defensive as a result of increasingly aggressive actions from a variety of government and private actors. Consider the following:    InterVarsity Christian Fellowship (a Christian group that Marlene and I were a part of at our university) has been "derecognized" by the 23-member colleges of the California State ...

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