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Blog Archives: January 2017

A Life Lesson

January 24, 2017
Chris Castaldo
We never stop learning (when we do, we’re in trouble). I had the privilege of learning a new lesson on Sunday. Three quarters through my sermon, I began to feel ill. Vision became blurry. Ringing in the ears. Knees became weak, and I began to wonder, how much injury would I sustain from a face-plant into the communion table? But I was nearly finished preaching—less than a third of the sermon to go. I thought about stepping into the protective arms of one of the side pulpits, but that would have looked weird. So I pressed on. And that’s ...

7 Days to Change Your Life: Interview with Dr. Josh Moody

January 19, 2017
Chris Castaldo
Most of our readers are familiar with Dr. Josh Moody, Senior Pastor of College Church in Wheaton. Many know Josh as an articulate preacher and author. I’ve personally had the privilege of knowing Josh as a colleague and friend, and we continue to enjoy ministry partnership together in our little corner of DuPage County. Josh’s PhD is in Theology from Cambridge University. A bit of his background… he grew up south of London in England, and became a follower of Jesus in the Church of England. After serving as college pastor at Eden Baptist ...

The Fructification of Faith

January 12, 2017
Chris Castaldo
Occasionally a congregant will give me tickets to the symphony. Such performances are impressive when you think that an orchestra consisting of so many individuals playing vastly different instruments can produce such a rhythmically coherent sound. It works because these musicians rely upon two crucial ingredients: a score, which explains the notes to play, and a conductor, who provides personal direction. It would be catastrophic if the orchestra tore up the score and difficult to play without a conductor. An even more amazing fact is that ...