Gospel in Life

Gratitude and God’s Gift in the Pain of 2020

November 24, 2020 By: Donnie Berry

2020 has been a difficult year by just about anyone’s standards. Gratitude may not be the first response in our hearts when we think about how the year has unfolded. Still, as Thanksgiving approaches, it’s worth reflecting on Paul’s words to the Thessalonians: “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thank

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The Election and the Bigger Story We’re a Part Of

November 1, 2020 By: Donnie Berry

Note: I wrote this blog two years ago, right before an important election in our nation. It was a tense and uncertain time, much like today’s political scene. As we approach Tuesday’s election, I thought it might be worth reprinting these thoughts as a reminder of the hope we have in Christ and the true story w

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Gentleness in a Culture of Outrage: Book Resources

September 3, 2020 By: Donnie Berry

This past Sunday, I preached on “Gentleness in a Culture of Outrage.” There are a few books I’ve been reading that have been helpful to me on this subject. If you are wanting to grow in the particular ways that I talked about in the sermon, let me recommend these resources to you. Gentle and Lowly: The Heart

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Those Strange Old Testament Laws: Part 2

March 18, 2020 By: Donnie Berry

Just how do we, as Christians, relate to the laws in the Old Testament? Are we supposed to keep them? Some of them? All of them? In my last post I gave a few guiding principles to help us. Today, I want to look at a variety of laws given in Leviticus 19 to help us apply those principles. Leviticus 19 opens with the

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Those Strange Old Testament Laws: Part 1

March 17, 2020 By: Donnie Berry

In our Bible Reading Plan for 2020, we’ve been reading through the Pentateuch (the first 5 books of the Old Testament). And if you’ve made it past Genesis, that means you’ve encountered God’s laws given to the people of Israel. We read about them in Exodus. And in Leviticus. And Numbers. And Deuteronomy. Lots

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Slowing Down to Observe Advent

December 9, 2019 By: Donnie Berry

It’s December, the season of hustle and bustle. It’s interesting to me that while this season is one of the busiest of the year, according to the Christian calendar, which helps us mark time in a different way and according to a different story, this time of year is a time for learning to slow down and to wait with

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We Are Not of the World, So that We Can Be for the World

November 19, 2019 By: Donnie Berry

We live in a culture that is highly polarized and divided on all kinds of issues, and this raises important questions for us as Christians. What does love and faithfulness to Jesus look like in our culture? We’ve been reading through the Gospel of John as part of our Bible Reading Plan, and one of the things Je

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The Beauty We Long For, Part 3

October 3, 2019 By: Donnie Berry

As part of our Philippians sermon series, I preached recently on “The Bedrock of Joy.” I said that the roots of joy can be traced all the way back to the eternal fellowship of God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Before creation, before anything else existed, Father, Son, and Spirit were in the most joy-filled, lo

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The Beauty We Long For, Part 2

September 5, 2019 By: Donnie Berry

If you had to pick a song that best captured our human experience—an anthem for our existence—what would it be? I don’t know for sure, but I think U2’s “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” would be up there on my list. Maybe you’re familiar with the lyrics: I have climbed the highest moun

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The Beauty We Long For, Part 1

August 8, 2019 By: Donnie Berry

We are creatures of longing. Born with hungers and thirsts, with deep longings and desires for…something that can be hard to name. But there it is, deep within us. We long for it, even if we don’t always know what it is. Lately I’ve been thinking about beauty—whether expressed in art or music or stories o

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