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

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

    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

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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