Why Do You Go to Church?

By: Rev. David Wilson Rogers The preacher looked out over her congregation and asked a very straightforward question, “Why are you here?” She then went on to say that, it appeared that many in the church were not there for the right reasons. There are many good reasons why a person would choose to attend a church. Unfortunately, many faithful church-goers do not have good reasons. Rather, they attend this or that church for purely sinful and idolatrous motives. “I go to my church because that’s where I get fed.” …

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King Herod, Roman Authority and Jesus Christ

By: Rev. David Wilson Rogers Jesus grew closer and closer to the Holy City—the city that would ultimately witness his execution on the cross—and he continued to teach, heal, and proclaim God’s sovereignty over a world increasingly hostile to God’s love. Aware of the growing tension and nervous anticipation surrounding the sacred festival in Jerusalem, some Pharisees sought him out with what appeared to be a dire warning. “Get out of Jerusalem,” they urgently warned him. “Herod wants to kill you!” Undaunted, Jesus responded with seemingly uncharacteristic insults and prophetic…

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Celebrating Advent

By: Rev. David Wilson Rogers The rush is on. Black Friday and Cyber Monday are behind us, Christmas Day is ahead of us, and here we are—like so many Decembers—rushing to make sure everything gets done. The pressure is on. There are gifts to purchase, travel to arrange, treats to bake, decorations to display and social gatherings fighting to squeeze into our harried calendars—not to mention final exams! It is truly a rush-rush time of the year. It is times like this that many in the church can benefit from…

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Thankfulness

By: Rev. David Wilson Rogers We live in very challenging times. Political discourse and debate has given over to partisan division and distrust. Innocent people are dying at the hands of mass shooters and in response, people proclaim simple “thoughts and prayers” while they argue for and against gun ownership as the solution to the problem. Even within Christianity, many faithful believers have pitted themselves against other believers in a bitter contest of who is right and who is going to hell. There is good reason to understand why a…

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Turn To Prayer Not Technology

By: Rev. David Wilson Rogers When tragedy strikes in our modern world it is easy to turn to media to find out what is happening. The news tries to report the most updated and presumably accurate information. Social media attempts to communicate what is happening. The temptation to tune in and learn the latest is so large that we all have desired to follow that path. It is not, however, the best approach for either health or Christian faith. There is nothing inherently wrong with knowing the news and understanding…

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Jesus the Groom

By: Rev. David Wilson Rogers The Bible is rich with beautiful comparisons of our relationship to God to the sanctity of marriage. This sacred connection between marital fidelity and God’s love provides a powerful illustration of how Christians may relate to our loving savior. Although there are many examples, perhaps one of the most beautiful comes from the 14th chapter of John’s Gospel. Ancient Jewish marriage customs and traditions look nothing like modern weddings. Due to cultural and religious differences in our modern age, many of the First Century beliefs…

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Birds of a Feather Need Not Flock Together

By: Rev David Wilson Rogers It was nothing more than human nature. After all, it is natural that proverbial “birds of a feather will flock together,” and that is exactly what they did. Having invited Jesus to dine with them—which in all probability was more an underhanded attempt at entrapment rather than a heartfelt invitation—the Pharisees took their seat. Then Jesus ceased on the occasion to teach a valuable lesson that needs to be heard in our world right now! The 14th chapter of Luke’s Gospel records the teaching and…

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Christian Music—Who Says It Has To Be “Traditional”?

By: Rev. David Wilson Rogers In the last 40 years the church has waged a worship war with itself. Buzzwords such as “Contemporary” or “Traditional” have served to polarize and define worshiping communities in powerful and destructive ways. Adding to the religious tension within the church are judgmental accusations of authenticity based on preaching styles, musical focus, and theological perspective. It is hardly the way of Christ! The problem is understandable. Music matters. There is no denying the fact that one form of music can inspire some while nauseating others.…

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Rise Above the Tweet

By: Rev. David Wilson Rogers The challenge is tremendous and the cycle is overpowering. President Trump fires off a Tweet, and the media pounces on those 140 characters with a feeding frenzy of convoluted controversy. Social media gets involved and opinions fly faster than the frenzied flight of water fowl after a gun goes off. Some celebrate … some retaliate. Some cry foul and some sing out with praise. Some pray, some yell, some post, some fret, and some celebrate. Then, amid the frenzied fanaticism, fingers of blame are pointed,…

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Rethinking Peace

By: Rev. David Wilson Rogers Many years ago, a researcher placed some insects in an environment that was gradually made toxic. The transition took quite some time but, as one may predict, the insects in this increasingly toxic living space gradually became sluggish, sickly, and were clearly not healthy. Yet, they functioned reasonably well considering the high levels of toxicity to which they were exposed. What was interesting about this experiment was that as new, and otherwise very healthy, insects were introduced to the environment, the sudden shock of the…

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