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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? ...

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 ...

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