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Blog Archives: October 2016

Significance of the Reformation for Families and Churches

October 26, 2016
Chris Castaldo
With only a few months until the fifth centenary of Luther's Ninety-Five Theses, Christians everywhere are preparing to commemorate the Protestant Reformation. Refection upon the significance of Luther's protest, and the larger movement it spawned, will take various shapes and sizes. For example, in the coming days Pope Francis will visit Lund, Sweden to make a pronouncement among members of the Lutheran World Federation. In a lead-up event on October 13, Pope Francis hosted a gathering at the Vatican in which he received a group of 1,000 ...

Serving Your Roman Catholic Community

October 19, 2016
Chris Castaldo
Determining whether your community is predominantly Catholic was once fairly simple. You’d see multiple parishes with names like “Saint Petronille” and “Holy Family.” Your local hardware would sell Saint Joseph statues (burying St. Joe upside-down in the yard is thought to help the process of selling a house). You’d notice ashen foreheads during Lent and couldn’t find a can of tuna fish at the supermarket during the same month. Today, however, the signs are not so obvious. We see this change on display in Kerry Kennedy’s best seller from a ...

OneStory: Gospel, Purpose, Reality Conference Featuring Nick Perrin

October 13, 2016
We want to make you aware of an upcoming conference in the area featuring Dr. Nick Perrin The Power of a Whole Story, or Why Are So Many Are Telling Only Half the Truth about the Kingdom on October 21-22 at Grace Church of DuPage HERE IS AN OVERVIEW OF THE EVENT: Solid Reasons, an evangelism and apologetics training and mentoring ministry - will examine whether Christian Apologists are leaving out half the story when proclaiming the gospel - at ...

Something to Remember This Election Year

October 12, 2016
Chris Castaldo
You need not be especially political to feel anxiety in this moment. Unless you live in a cave, you are confronted by the rapacious onslaught of attack ads, one uglier than the next, intended to instill fear and somehow win your allegiance. Amidst the unrelenting cacophony, the words of Henry Adams come to mind when he called politics “the systematic organization of hatreds.” But hatred is simply a vortex that descends into deeper levels of hatred, which leads to an assortment of other unpleasant experiences such as panic, despair, and d ...

A Gospel for the World

October 05, 2016
Chris Castaldo
On a bright April day in 1743, John Wesley stood preaching to an open-air crowd the great truths of salvation. The rag-tag congregation, who had come out into the countryside to hear this famous preacher, listened enraptured to his message of regeneration and new life. Just then, an old drunk rode his horse into the middle of the crowd, rearing the beast up and shouting all manner of curses and bitter words at the preacher. Wesley, who by this time was used to such displays, tried to ignore the man and continue his sermon. That course, ...