We live in rigid and graceless times. “Cancel culture” is the new fundamentalism, and fire and brimstone is preached from many media outlets.
I aspire to be a broad-minded person with strong convictions. I hope to inspire and cultivate this rare combination in those I teach and lead as a pastor. I fall short of this ideal daily, but we're at least aiming for the right goal. Why is this a rare combination? Consider the two popular alternatives. On … Continue reading The Middle Path to Civility
A member of our church paid me a great compliment this week. She said, "I'm discovering a trend among MainStreeters I am getting to know. I keep hearing people say, 'Well, Jeremy challenged us to do such and such and here's what resulted." She quickly qualified her statement with, "Don't worry, its the good kind of challenge … Continue reading A Faith that Relieves & Releases
American musician John Mellencamp once said, “I know there’s a balance in life. I see it every time I swing by it.” There is perhaps no more profound realization in the entire Christian experience than grasping the necessary balance and tension between GRACE and TRUTH. Most individuals, churches, denominations, pastors, teachers, and movements tend to choose … Continue reading Grace & Truth