Why Are We So Busy? – May 25, 2021
Busyness can be a symptom of a deep spiritual problem. When we forget God’s love we anxiously work to be loved, but when we remember God and all that he has accomplished for us, beyond us, and in us, we can take a break; we can rest.
Finding Contentment in a World of Comparison – April 26, 2021
I call this cycle “compare and despair.” Once you’re aware of it, you’ll notice it everywhere in our society and possibly in your own life.
The Emotional Vaccine We All Need – February 26, 2021
The stay-at-home orders may have crashed the economy only temporarily, but I fear they may have crushed our souls for a longer term.
How We Get Out of This Mess – January 10, 2021
The solution is not political but spiritual. It’s not in revenge but grace. It’s not in ourselves or our screens, but comes from God and his word.
What Got Me Through 2020 – December 10, 2020
On my own, I would have become overwhelmed, desperate, or unable to cope. But by the grace of God, I am still standing, whole and hopeful as ever. I sensed the presence of God with me in the gauntlet hour by hour.
Family, Forgiveness, and Freedom – October 9, 2020
There’s a lot going wrong in our nation these days, but if we can maintain these kinds of values and policies, we can keep providing an environment in which redemption stories can be lived.
Breaking News: There Is A Better Story – July 10, 2020
While emotionalized news creates compelling, even addictive programs that produce lucrative advertising revenue for the networks, their overall effect on individual viewers and collective society is psychologically damaging.
A Letter To My Future Self – May 15, 2020
As you stroll, you’ll notice people and trees and flowers of such beauty that you’ll totally forget what was on your urgent list of tasks to efficiently accomplish. Plus, you’ll become more emotionally connected with your wife as you share what’s on your hearts. Listen to her. Go on the walk. …
Are People Basically Good Or Basically Bad? – March 15, 2020
Most U.S. Presidents call upon the “good of the American people” when making appeals for unity or mission, but Philosopher Immanuel Kant said, “Out of the crooked timber of humanity, no straight thing was ever made.” The Bible says that every human is “created in the image of God” (Genesis 1:27) but also that, as a result of sin, “the hearts of the children of man are full of evil.” (Ecclesiastes 9:3)…
Anxious About College? There’s Hope – November 5, 2019
A child who grows up without such a caring community learns that he or she must fight for survival in some kind of socially Darwinist wasteland. While getting into the best college may appear to be a solution to their understandable anxieties, it often only exacerbates them…
Article: Churches Partner to Sound Forth the Gospel in the Region – June 16, 2019
“The idea of the gospel sounding forth throughout the region is what is animating our collaboration,” said Nathan Hart, senior pastor of Stanwich Church. “We share a belief that the church doesn’t exist solely for ourselves, but for the good of the world. We share a commitment to going beyond our walls, to be the kind of church described in 1 Thessalonians.”…
Bringing God to the Soldiers and the Soldiers to God – June 13, 2019
I first met David Borden about three years ago when our church hired him to lead our Stamford initiative. I was immediately drawn to him: he has that rare combination of lighthearted youthfulness and spiritual depth…
The Slave Owner and the Savior – April 26, 2019
I was a teenager when I learned that I am the descendant of a slave owner. I was sitting in my grandparents’ three-story house in Grand Ledge, Michigan, a couple days after my grandpa died…
The Sea Captain and the Savior – March 4, 2019
The story is remarkable as an example of white slaves in Africa during a time when there were over a million black slaves in America. But there’s even more to Riley’s story that makes it remarkable...
The Most Important Election of Our Lives – November 2, 2012
If there is a sign in your yard, go ahead and vote for the candidate whose name is written on it. Give to Romney the vote he deserves, or to Obama the vote he deserves. But if a sign on your lawn displays where you will cast your vote next week, consider what the image on your heart says about where you will spend eternity.