Matthew St. John

Babies, Borders, and the Father’s Watchful Gaze

For my whole life I have been pro-life. One-hundred percent. The idea that a baby would be ripped away from his or her mother is for me beyond the pale. As a follower of Jesus it is incomprehensible to me that such should be tolerated. Despite this strong belief of…

Nothing So Strong as Gentleness

For those of you whose leadership style is marked by a mild disposition, a demeanor that is more gentle than not, and yet you often hear that such a disposition is weakness, take heart. Do not take hold of the lie that your posture is somehow less than. I hear…

An Invitation to Fast

I'm revisiting what is below for a couple of reasons. One, we have invited the New Hope Church family to consider incorporating fasting into their regular rhythms, whatever that looks like from person to person. We have done so because we believe so strongly in the necessity of calling upon…

Senators Prefer Pain and Death for Babies

BabyCenter.com offers these simple observations about a baby in the womb 20 weeks into the pregnancy: Your baby weighs about 10 1/2 ounces now. He's also around 6 1/2 inches long from head to bottom and about 10 inches from head to heel – about the length of a large…

Tranformation vs. Transaction

Luke 8 provides a vivid contrast between a transactional life and a transformational life. Consider these moments on a city street, as described in Luke 8:42-48 in The Message: Jesus went with him, making his way through the pushing, jostling crowd. In the crowd that day there was a woman…

Forty-One Moments When God is With Us

Christmas. "All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet: 'Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel' (which means, God with us)" (Matthew 1:22-23). God with us. When our sin is great and we need to…
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