An Invitation to Fast

An invitation: In light of the COVID-19 pandemic I am inviting the New Hope Church family to set aside Wednesdays as a day of fasting and prayer during which we seek God’s mercy for these uncertain and grievous days. -Pastor Matthew Responding to an existential threat from an approaching army, one ancient monarch, Jehoshaphat, called READ MORE

The Beauty of Penal Substitution

Not long ago a helpful book regarding the problem of mass incarceration was shared around our community–Dominique Gilliard’s work, Rethinking Incarceration: Advocating for Justice that Restores. His writing does a noble job of highlighting many of the tragic dynamics shaping what I tend to think of as the “Incarceration Complex.” I commend the work to READ MORE

The Books of 2018

I love books! I love to read. If anything, one of the great frustrations of my life is the lack of time I give to reading. There is always more I wish to absorb. Below are some of the books I read in 2018 (the ones that I have in my home office). Perhaps you READ MORE

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 banana. (For the first 20 READ MORE