You Are of Infinite Worth

You Are of Infinite Worth

  “How can I say no?” my mom asked, “You wouldn’t love me anymore.”   My mother and I had recently experienced a small but significant breakthrough in our relationship after 11 years of dissent and contempt.   Throughout my entire childhood, I had always been on Mom’s team. Dad was seen as the enemy. Although Mom first recruited me t

God’s Global Church: The Faith of Jesus for the Whole World (Part 1)

God’s Global Church: The Faith of Jesus for the Whole World (Part 1)

The Worldwide Church? The world is becoming increasingly smaller in some ways (i. e. technology- media, information access, social accessibility) and larger in others (information overload, social isolation, cultural heterogeneity).[1] In varied ways, this can create blessings for a global community of faith as well as impediments to true koinonia

Celebrating the 500 Year Legacy of Martin Luther’s “A Mighty Fortress is our God”

Celebrating the 500 Year Legacy of Martin Luther’s “A Mighty Fortress is our God”

The famous composer Ludwig van Beethoven once said: “Don’t only practice your art, but force your way into its secrets, for it and knowledge can raise men to the Divine.” Perhaps many, especially musicians, know this famous quote by one of the most illustrious composers of all time. However, over 200 years earlier, Martin Luther, a fellow German, a

Worshipping God in Spirit and in Truth

Worshipping God in Spirit and in Truth

When Jesus met the Samaritan woman, she told Him that the Jews worshipped in Jerusalem, while the Samaritans worshipped in the mountains. In response to this, Jesus said that the hour is coming when people will neither worship in Jerusalem, nor on this mountain. He told her that the time has come for true worshipers to worship God in spirit and in

The Compass Headlines 07-27-2017

The Compass Headlines 07-27-2017

Are we Guilty of Capricious Compassion? Ever been on a short-term mission trip overseas? Richard Stearns sees this as "capricious compassion” and argues for longterm focus to ensure true transformation. For your church’s next mission-trip, ask if there are coordinated and sustained efforts to ensure longterm changes in the community you are about t

Compromising Your Identity for Love

Compromising Your Identity for Love

The season of singleness is notorious for being taken for granted. Whether we treat our singleness recklessly, or simply despise this season of life altogether, we rarely find ourselves making peace with our "single" status. Too often, we rely on the thought of a significant other to motivate us to become our best selves. This can manifest itself i

The Compass Headlines 07-17-2017

The Compass Headlines 07-17-2017

The Church and the Age of Screens Screens are everywhere.  Wether its teenagers snap chatting or adults reading their Bible from their phone during the church service, the challenge of screens and the distraction they cause is a threat to the church that Alan Jacobs recognizes.  He writes, "The church need not repudiate, or crusade against, digital