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Blog Archives: April 2016

Freedom From Porn

April 27, 2016
Following from Sunday's exposition on Matthew 5, in which Pastor Castaldo addressed the challenge of pornography, we wish to support one another in the fight for chastity. Here is some important information and valuable resources provided by a 2009 article entitled "Porndemic" by Justin Taylor.     A sobering stat from a university study: Researchers were conducting a study comparing the views of men in their 20s who had never been exposed to pornography with regular users. But their project stumbled at the first hurdle when ...

A Warm Welcome

April 18, 2016
Chris Castaldo
Sunday's sermon emphasized our calling to shine the beauty and truth of Christ into the world. It considered the role of obedience to God's commands as the means by which the wattage of our witness is amplified. In this post I would like to consider how we can shine together on Sunday morning as a corporate body. A critical part of our witness on Sunday morning is conveyed through hospitality—the warm smile, personal greeting, and kind word that we extend to visitors who approach New Covenant Church. In the Apostle Paul’s day, you would ...

Putting the New gods in Their Place

April 12, 2016
Dan Lindberg
In last week’s post, I talked about the (not so) new paganism that we see in modern America.  While increasingly overt, there can be some subtleties as to how they operate in our world. But after revealing them for what they are, we are left with the question, “What do we do about them?” Here are some practical suggestions: Mars, the god of war. In the sermon two weeks ago, we heard Jesus say, “Blessed are the peacemakers.” So how do we make peace in Naperville and Chicagoland?  First that requires us to know our community well enough to ...

New Creation, New Thinking

April 04, 2016
Dan Lindberg
Just as Jesus stepped out of a tomb into a whole new world, I’d like to use this post to invite you into a new world, a new world of thinking. Join me as we journey back in time. You’ve probably heard of the “sacred-secular” divide; but no such divide existed before late into the Enlightenment. So while it is so taken for granted today, it’s only been around for a fraction of the world’s recorded history. “Well,” you say, “what on earth do you mean?” Here are a couple of examples from history. The Roman emperor Domitian brought the ...