In the year 44 BC, Cicero was in his sixties — an old man by Roman standards — living on his farm outside of Rome removed from political power by the dictatorship of Julius Caesar. He turned to writing to ease the pain of exile and the recent loss of his beloved daughter. Among these works was a short essay on friendship dedicated to Atticus.
Jeremy Berg is the founding and lead pastor of MainStreet Covenant Church and Professor of Bible & Theology at Solid Rock Discipleship School in Minnesota. Jeremy is completing his doctorate in New Testament Context with Dr. Scot McKnight at Northern Seminary. He holds a M.A. from Bethel Seminary and B.A. from Bethel University. He and his wife, Kjerstin, have three kids, Peter, Isaak and Abigail.
In the midst of all the “alternative facts” and “fake news” and outrageous conspiracy theories being proffered, I wanted to cut through all the crap and simplify things for those who claim to follow Jesus.
While 2020 has been declared the “lost year,” the worst thing of all is to feel like you’ve lost sight of God or that God has lost touch with you. Pastor Mike has good news for us from Psalm 139.
Awhile back I shared my kids’ custom bedtime prayers about dinosaurs roaring and monsters tickling feet. We grown-ups are watching living monsters lurk and nightmare scenarios discussed on the nightly news. Here’s my bedtime prayer.
I found some timely insights into our current political climate in Letter 7 of The Screwtape Letters, a fictional correspondence between a senior level Demon (Uncle Screwtape) and his lower-level demon in training (Wormwood). C.S. Lewis wrote these in Great Britain during or just following World War II.
by Matt Erickson Let us join together in praying this prayer today. Lord, we lament the state of our nation.Lord, we lament the divisions between us as people in our nation that we cannot seem to resolve. Lord, we lament the pain, confusion, hatred, and violence that seems […]
In light of the past week, and the uncertain days ahead, where do we go from here? Matt Erickson offers some wise words.
Dear Church, It pains and sickens me to post this photo, but this is where we find our nation at this moment. The worst part of Wednesday, in my opinion, was all the people carrying Jesus signs and crosses and dragging Jesus’ name into this display of hatred […]
This week we observe Epiphany and commemorate the Baptism of the Lord with a message on the song God placed in our heart at our own baptism, and the need for “godparent” figures in our lives (friends, mentors, pastors, parents) who will remind us of the song when we forget or lose our way.
The story of the wise men on camels bringing their gifts is intertwined with the story of an insecure, paranoid, narcissistic tyrant orchestrating terror and chaos from his palatial office. Listen to the familiar story again, this time with your eyes glued on the pathetic sociopath spinning lies and plotting peril in the Christmas story.
When radicalized Trump supporters, incited by the Presidents ongoing lies and toxic twitter, stormed the capitol yesterday and desecrated the temple of our democracy, many churches called an emergency prayer meeting last night. We called a parking lot prayer meeting as well, and I issued a pastoral letter […]