We are less than 4 weeks from the start of YC17. Pray for open hearts, safety in travel, and for the youth leaders and YC17 staff as they make final preparations.
Tonight is the first night of our summer Wednesday community dinners. Pray that God will open many doors for fellowship and for the gospel to be shared.
As Vikki watched, I struggled to load the old reclining chair into my Nissan Murano. My wife had placed the chair on the side of the road with a sign that read, “For Sale, $15.” Vikki had chewed me down to $10, and now wanted free delivery. She didn’t live far away, so I agreed
Most Lutherans have heard of the Lutheran concept of “sola Scriptura,” the Latin term Martin Luther used to assert that Christian teachings can only be based on or derived from the divinely inspired Holy Bible. But whether most Lutherans know why Luther so firmly held to this position is less obvious. As indicated in my
The sun was just setting on our confirmation retreat as four local pastors swapped stories about life as a parish pastor. From the stories, one could conclude that the church as a whole is facing challenging times: downright depressing attendance trends, young adults leaving the church and not returning to church once they have children,
Fear has never been more real and present in my life than during my first year of motherhood. I spent many nights lying awake, watching the silver light from the moon creep across my ceiling, worrying about the safety of my son. When he was an infant, I counted his breaths in the dead of
There are many areas of Scripture where we are tempted to add to or subtract from what the Word tells us. Justification by faith alone, for example. This truth has been plagued through the centuries by those who would add to Scripture when it comes to our salvation. In parallel with that thinking is the
We look forward to summer vacations! Breaks in routine are great for refreshment and renewal. But sometimes changes in schedule wreak havoc with an established devotional time. How do we keep our study of Scripture fresh and free from avoidance (and the resulting guilty feelings) in the midst of our time-crunched busy lives? Some women
The Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C. documents the atrocity of six million Jews murdered in Germany during World War II. One beam of light chronicled there is the story of Oskar Schindler, a German industrialist. Schindler is credited with saving the lives of 1,200 Jews, sparing them from the brutality and evil of concentration camps
In May, Hillcrest Lutheran Academy announced Rev. Brad Hoganson as its new president. A few weeks later, Faith & Fellowship had the opportunity to interview Rev. Hoganson and hear his passion for the ministry of HLA. F&F: Tell us about yourself, your family, and your employment history. Brad: My family might be the best thing
It was the last day for our adult Sunday School class. We’d been studying a Christian worldview in contrast with other worldviews over the past school year. As the session was ending, one person remarked, “This has been very good. But as we consider a new topic for the fall, how about having a good
KRISTIAN ANDERSON: Kristian grew up in Brooklyn, New York. He moved to Sayville, NY during his junior year of high school and graduated from Sayville High School. He went on to study History and Political Science at Wagner College, and then Biblical Theology and Youth Ministry at Nyack College. He came to faith in Christ