Sunday’s Comments on the 2016 Election

Below is a transcript of my comments across our four worship gatherings this morning at New Hope Church regarding the election: Good morning my brothers and sisters in Christ. For those of you who are guests, my name is Matthew, and I am one of the pastors here at New Hope Church. I would like to take a moment and […]

Moving Beyond Election Day

A number of folk from places far and wide are asking me about the election results. There are a handful of things that readily come to my mind that I would like to pass along. These are very important, I think, particularly as we disciples move forward from here. First, regardless of which “side” we have been on politically, we […]

Clinton, Trump, and Things Disciples Must Do

The prophecy about and then descent into King Nebuchadnezzar’s mental chaos, as recorded in Daniel 4, provides timely insight into how disciples of Jesus Christ might approach the turbulent and uncomfortable election season in which we currently find ourselves. Consider the following: Daniel 4 reveals a king consumed with a profound measure of pride. “Is this not great Babylon, which I have […]

Remembering Auschwitz

One of the most haunting and remarkable experiences I have ever had was quietly walking along the well-worn pathways of the Nazi death camp called Auschwitz, about an hour west of Krakow, Poland. If you stood still long enough, and closed your eyes, you could almost hear the muffled cries of the little Jewish boys and girls, as well as […]

Responding to the Refugee Crisis

The plight of refugees dominates global headlines. The utter chaos within certain corners of the world has forced men and women and boys and girls by the millions to flee, sometimes for their very lives. Of course, while there are refugees on the move all across Earth, the circumstances of those from the Middle East—places like Syria—are especially moving because […]