It Takes A Village Someone has said, “It takes a village to raise a child.” In regard to parenting, I’m not entirely sure that’s true. But the sentiment is deeply true when it comes to planting a church. In order for Epiphany to get started it is absolutely essential for many partners to take part
On October 11, 2015, Rev. Aage Larsen was installed as the pastor of The Mission Church in Paramus, NJ. The Rev. Anthony Karlik officiated.
During 17 years of living as bi-vocational missionaries in a “closed” country in East Asia, my family and I have grown accustomed to the small twinges of reverse culture shock that we inevitably experience whenever we return to the U.S. for a home assignment: orderly traffic, beautifully manicured green lawns, large people, and a bewildering
The U.S. Supreme Court’s June 2015 Obergefell v. Hodges decision, making same-sex “marriage” a constitutionally protected “right,” is rightly regarded by advocates and opponents alike as a tipping point for the nation’s sexual revolution. The decision itself was hardly a surprise. “Blue states” had been approving homosexual marriage for years1 while the White House was
Perhaps the most surprising thing about the Supreme Court ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges, where the Court ruled that the right to marry is guaranteed to same-sex couples, was that it didn’t surprise anyone. Everyone saw it coming even if they didn’t agree with it. How did we get here? It seems, just a generation
To my dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ—now the Church in Exile: I greet you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Over the past several decades it has become increasingly clear that the world in which we live does not share at a foundational level our understandings of truth, beliefs, or values. We
Like most Christians, I grew up with parents who took me to church every week. I grew up in a different denomination, and my father served in many roles: Sunday School teacher, vestryman (similar to an elder), and wherever else he could serve within the confines of laity. My mother was one of those tireless
With Christmas approaching, I think of the story of Mary—the mother of Jesus. She is a woman of opposites. She seems to be an ordinary Jewish woman, who most likely cooked, and looked after her home, husband and children. On the other hand, the Bible tells us she had an extraordinary life. She would be
Eat your lasagna!” “No, apple first!” “You have to eat one bite of lasagna!” “No, apple first! Apple First!” “Do you need a time out?! All you have to do is eat one bite of lasagna, then you can have an apple, it’s really not that hard.” “No lasagna!… a’ done, a’ done, ALL DONE!”
On a warm September day in 1972, a letter arrived at the home of Charles and Delores Thompson. Delores trembled as she held the letter. Charles could hear the fear in her voice as she called him into the room. It had been two weeks since they had heard from their son Nathaniel. He had
By late September every year, Christians start posting reactions on Facebook and Twitter about something that is making less and less sense to me every year. They react to the consumeristic reality of Christmas as stores line their shelves with Christmas decorations weeks before Halloween (sorry, I meant Reformation Day!). But as I understand Christmas
“Dr. Veum, can I tell you something?” The student asking is from the Dominican Republic. His name is Erick Benjamin Sede Eduardo. He wanted to tell me the story about how the Lord provided a study lamp for only six dollars. But first…a bit of background. Benjamin—the name his mother calls him—is 25 years old.