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Blog Archives: March 2015

Onward Christian Strangers

March 25, 2015
Chris Castaldo
Every once in a while I see a video on The Gospel Coalition that makes me think: our church would greatly benefit from this. Here is one. I’d encourage you to take time to watch it, if you can. Click here. Russell Moore is President of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention. In this talk, he explains why the minority position of the church in American culture should not drive us into a siege mentality. Instead, the kingdom of Christ should set our priorities, leading us to heartily embody and ...

Trusting God in the Face of Death

March 18, 2015
Chris Castaldo
Having performed a funeral today for my dear friend, Dr. Harry Hoffner, I find myself thinking about the challenge of trusting God in the face of death. There are numerous examples of such faith from the history of the church. I would like to present one example from the life of George Müller (1805 – 1898). Pastor and philanthropist, Müller is most renowned for his work among the orphans of Bristol, England, and the trust in God that he modeled during that ministry. His companion for 34 years of this work was Mary, his devoted wife; one ...

Jesus and the Genocide of Canaan

March 11, 2015
Chris Castaldo
A New York Times article recently described the Islamic State’s persecution of Christians in Iraq and Syria as “a slow-motion genocide.” Atrocities such as beheading of children, crucifixion, cold-blooded executions, burnings, and mass burials (sometime of live victims) defy human comprehension. Islamic mujahideen (holy warriors) smile at the camera, waving flags and holding up AK-47s, proud of their accomplishments. One does not have to be a Christian to be sickened by it. In this cultural moment, with daily reports of genocide throughout ...

On the Lord's Side?

March 04, 2015
Chris Castaldo
Then the LORD said to Joshua, “Today I have rolled away the reproach of Egypt from you.” So the place has been called Gilgal to this day.  On the evening of the fourteenth day of the month, while camped at Gilgal on the plains of Jericho, the Israelites celebrated the Passover.  The day after the Passover, that very day, they ate some of the produce of the land: unleavened bread and roasted grain.  The manna stopped the day after they ate this food from the land; there was no longer any manna for the Israelites, but that year they ate of the ...