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Blog Archives: May 2016

In the Interest of Human Flourishing

May 25, 2016
Chris Castaldo
Democratic polities depend upon the reality of economic growth. No traditional society, no socialist society—indeed, no society in history—has ever produced strict equality among individuals or classes. Real differences in talent, aspiration, and application inexorably individuate humans. Given the diversity and liberty of human life, no fair and free system can possibly guarantee equal outcomes. A democratic system depends for its legitimacy, therefore, not upon equal results but upon a sense of equal opportunity. Such legitimacy flows from ...

Experiencing Gospel Renewal

May 17, 2016
Chris Castaldo
J. I. Packer, writing in God in our Midst (Ann Arbor, 1987), pages 24-35, proposes that, among the variety of God’s ways, five constants appear in all movement of gospel renewal: 1. Awareness of God’s presence: “The first and fundamental feature in renewal is the sense that God has drawn awesomely near in his holiness, mercy and might.” 2. Responsiveness to God’s Word: “The message of Scripture which previously was making only a superficial impact, if that, now searches its hearers and readers to the depth of their being.” 3....

Pastor Andrew's Sabbatical

May 11, 2016
In June, Pastor Fulton will complete his eighth year of faithful service with New Covenant Church.  The Elders have granted Andrew a three-month study sabbatical, which pastors are permitted to take after each four-year term according to the NCC employee handbook.  Pastor Fulton's most recent sabbatical was in 2012 and needed to be split between summer and December in order work around Pastor O'Donnell's sabbatical. We are eager for Pastor Fulton to disengage from the busyness of pastoral ministry and devote himself more fully to study, ...

On Authentic Community: Why Believing Without Belonging Won't Change Behaving

May 04, 2016
Jim Van Yperen
This is a guest post by Jim Van Yperen, director of Metanoia Ministries. There is a deep longing in every human heart for relationship — for unconditional love, trust and acceptance. We long to belong. Belonging is one side of the human condition. But there is another, incongruous, side. Seeking community, we also crave autonomy. We long to be free, to be independent from the rule and constraint of others. This internal tug-of-war is the source of much conflict and confusion. Our yearning for intimacy is trumped by our coveting ...