Gospel in Life

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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Loneliness in an Impersonal World

June 5, 2019 By: Donnie Berry

In my last blog, I wrote about learning from Jesus how to slow down and see people, really see them, the way He does. “This moment is the most important moment. You (the person in front of me) are the most important person I can be talking to right now.” Being present in the moment, present to God, present to othe

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Are You Too Busy To See?

May 10, 2019 By: Donnie Berry

Our lives are busy. Really busy. It’s probably the most common response I get when I ask people, “How have you been?” “Busy.” It may be the most common response I give, too. Sadly, I’ve been realizing how my busyness—all my attempts to find rest in achieving and in gaining control and keeping order in my

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The Cross Works!

April 3, 2019 By: Donnie Berry

“I don’t get how it works!” That’s the statement one of our cfCollege students made a few weeks ago at our weekly Bible study. He knew that, because of the cross, our sins have been forgiven and we are brought back into relationship with God. But how, exactly? Have you ever wondered that? How does what Jesus

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The Most Important Thing about You

March 6, 2019 By: Donnie Berry

“What comes into our mind when we think about God is the most important thing about us.” This insightful statement opens A. W. Tozer’s classic book, The Knowledge of the Holy. Tozer goes on to explain that our view of God—what we believe God is like in the deep recesses of our being—shapes the whole cours

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Christmas, The Beast in Us, and Becoming Truly Human Again

December 12, 2018 By: Donnie Berry

“I was brutish and ignorant; I was like a beast toward you.” – Psalm 73:22 These words, which the Psalmist prays in repentance to the Lord, are some I return to often in my own prayers of repentance. They capture well some of my actions and attitudes of my heart: beastly—like an animal. And this is o

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The Election Matters, But Not That Much

November 9, 2018 By: Donnie Berry

I’m teaching the Christian Fellowship School seniors about worldview and culture, and we’ve been talking about the significance of stories in our lives. I’ve been trying to help them see that we all live out of a dominant narrative that provides meaning and gives shape to our lives. The story we live by forms t

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