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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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When You're Not in the Mood to Pray

A person doesn't have to read the Bible for very long before discovering that one of the main businesses of life is prayer. The gospel writer, Mark, tells us that in the morning a great while before day, Jesus rose and went out to a lonely place, and there he prayed. The apostles didn't allow themselves to get distracted with the busyness of life. Instead, they determined to give ...

In Praise of Faithfulness: A Tribute to Linda Heselton Upon Her Retirement After 25 Years As Our Children’s Pastor

In Praise of Faithfulness: A Tribute to Linda Heselton Upon Her Retirement After 25 Years As Our Children’s Pastor

One of the very first hires I made when I became Vineyard Columbus’ first senior pastor was to hire Linda Heselton to oversee our VineyardKids’ Ministry.  And for 25 years we’ve worked side-by-side in serving this wonderful church.  Linda is now retiring (not from Christian service, of course – one never retires from that) as our children’s pastor.  ...

Why Vineyard Columbus Encourages Women to Preach, Pastor & Church Plant

Why Vineyard Columbus Encourages Women to Preach, Pastor & Church Plant

The conversation concerning the appropriate roles for women in the church today starts, unsurprisingly, at the beginning of the Bible in Genesis 1 - the fundamental creation text:   Then God said, "Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the ...

Vineyard Columbus: What Does the Survey Say?

Vineyard Columbus: What Does the Survey Say?

Every two years, Vineyard Columbus takes a survey of our congregation. Our most recent survey was taken in March 2014. What did we discover about our church? We are becoming more racially diverse. Eleven o’clock on Sunday morning is still the most segregated hour in the United States. Only 14 percent of all congregations in America are considered racially diverse, which is generally ...

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