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Heartland Proclamation

I read today the article posted at KETV.com:  “Omaha Minister Organizes Effort To Welcome Gays to Church.”  The tagline of the article is “Clergy Proclamation:  Being Gay Not a Sin.” I hoped that someone had found a voice to say:  “We welcome everyone.  Being gay is not an unpardonable sin.”  I was disappointed. Rev. Erick [...]

God’s Routine

If I didn’t know better, I’d think God was awfully bored.  After all, He’s heard it all before. Even I get tired of same ol’, same ‘ol.  Same top 40 playing over and over on the radio.  Same lunch routine.  New movies–with the same old plot. Things that happen to us only occasionally seem to [...]

The Faith of a High School Football Coach

The Faith of a High School Football Coach When Cheering for the Other Side Feels Better Than Winning By RICK REILLY Dec. 26, 2008— Editor’s Note: This story was reported by Rick Reilly for ESPN Magazine and ESPN.com. It was originally published on Dec. 22, 2008. They played the oddest game in high school football [...]

Do Not Trust in Man

Running Scared Chapter Fifteen Do Not Trust in Man One way to track fears and worries is to follow the money. Another is to follow them back to other people’s possible judgments of us (p.171). In chapter 15, Welch shifts our attention to another source of fear our craving for approval. He reminds us of [...]

Seek My Face

Running Scared Chapter Thirteen Seek My Face Welch’s thirteenth chapter is an exposition of Psalm 27: Worriers should be experts in a handful of passages. The story in Exodus 16 about manna is the basic framework; the worry passages in Matthew 6 and Luke 12 add essential detail. Although other Scriptures won’t change this basic [...]

Grace for Tomorrow

Running Scared Chapter Twelve Grace for Tomorrow If anxiety and worry thrive on the unknown future, the promise of future grace is the believer’s peace. That’s the chapter in a nutshell. Anxiety asks for more information so it can be prepared for the coming apocalypse. It also asks for more information so it can manage [...]

When the Kingdom Isn’t Enough

Running Scared Chapter Eleven When the Kingdom Isn’t Enough In 2Cor. 1:8, Paul writes: For we do not want you to be unaware, brethren, of our affliction which came [to us] in Asia, that we were burdened excessively, beyond our strength, so that we despaired even of life . . . How do you reconcile [...]

The Message of the Kingdom

Running Scared Chapter Ten The Message of the Kingdom The author is still working with worry themes from the Sermon on the Mount. In the Sermon, he observes that seeking the kingdom is the antidote to worry. In this chapter then, he attempts to explain how seeking the kingdom combats fear. Welch insists that with [...]

“Do Not Worry”

Running Scared Chapter Nine Do Not Worry This chapter begins a section in Welch’s book entitled God speaks on money and possessions. The chapter brings Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount (particularly Matthew 6:25-34) into the discussion. The author suggests that the Old Testament manna story, with its lessons, is a prequel to the Sermon on [...]

Worry About Worry

Running Scared Chapter Eight Worry About Worry Here’s a twist. Maybe worry itself is something to fear. Welch suggests that the repetition of God’s command not to worry indicates there is something dangerous in fear and worry in and of themselves. To make his point, he appeals to Mark 4:14-20. This passage is Jesus’ explanation [...]

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