The Anxiety Behind the Humor

Sam TotmanSam Totman

Stress

How do you handle stress? We recently shot a quick Instagram post asking the question, “How do you handle stress?” For many people, stress is relatively manageable in several ways. For instance, Dr. Kris Barnett, my counterpart in the Instagram post, releases stress through exercise and taking it out on a punching bag at home. Exercise is one of the … Read More

The Fellowship of the King

Bryan CribbBryan Cribb

Fellowship of the King

Recently, I preached on the amazing “High Priestly” prayer of John 17. At the end of that urgently passionate prayer, in vv. 20-23, Jesus amazingly offers appeals not for Himself, but for the future fellowship and unity of His followers.  As I prepared for my sermon, my mind was naturally drawn to my favorite work of literature—J.R.R. Tolkien’s epoch epic … Read More

Agents of Reconciliation

Michael DuduitLeadership

(The following statement was shared by Dean Michael Duduit with undergraduate students in the College of Christian Studies during their recent meeting to begin the Spring semester.) In recent weeks, our nation has been torn by division and partisanship. In all too many people, passion has replaced reason and anger has pushed aside truth. Politics and religion have been intermingled, … Read More

Doing Our Sacred and Ordinary Part

Nicholas PhillipsDevotions

Concerning Christian behavior and choices, the question typically arises of “what would Jesus do?” or “What would Paul do?” This proves useful in matters of good and evil and other such moral choices. In those situations, any Christian should do as Jesus did! But when it comes to more unaddressed areas such as one’s career, automobile preference, travel plans, kid’s … Read More

Our Own Progress as Pilgrims

Bryan CribbBryan Cribb, Devotions

Pilgrims Progress

Recently, the family and I watched the 2019 movie interpretation of one of my favorite Christian classics—John Bunyan’s allegory, The Pilgrim’s Progress.  This animated film missed some of the key points of the story and embellished a few scenes in order to add some unnecessary flare. But overall, this visual adaptation was well-done. Of course, as with any movies based on … Read More

Salt and Light

Bryan CribbBryan Cribb

You are the salt of the earth. You are the light of the world.  In my role as an preaching pastor at a local church, I’m currently preaching a sermon series entitled, “What Jesus Really Taught.”  Honestly, all of the messages in this series have proven both challenging and convicting to me personally. But I found the passage from a … Read More

Taking Up Your Cross

Bryan CribbBryan Cribb, Preaching

A cliché among preachers is that you should preach your sermon to yourself before the congregation.  I agree with that sentiment, but I will say that it is not easy. At times, I will find myself thoroughly convicted by the biblical text and even by some of the great saints I reference in my illustrations. Such was the case recently … Read More