Reflecting Incarnation

Famous Prayers

November 21, 2018 By: Phil Schaefer

When I first became a practicing Christian I was intrigued with the idea of informal, spontaneous prayers. I had grown up only hearing set prayers that were known by those in my liturgical setting. Praying your own words was a novelty, but I also thought it held a greater sincerity. When I came into praying in the spir

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Making Culture or Counter-Culture

October 17, 2018 By: Phil Schaefer

As followers of Jesus are we meant to make the culture or are we meant to counter the culture? Is the goal to get more people to go to church or is it to be a church that stands as a thing set apart in the world? While there has been much outstanding thought on the various ways that the church is to be toward the wo

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“A Message and a Warning to the Men of Christian Fellowship”

July 19, 2018 By: Phil Schaefer

How’s that for a title! The Apostle Paul in giving instructions to his disciple Timothy, tells him, “Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching.” Likewise, Peter tells the dispersed church to “be sober, be vigilant, because your adversary the devil wa

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Pentecost

May 17, 2018 By: Phil Schaefer

Pop Quiz: What are the three most significant holidays in the church calendar? a) Christmas, Easter, Independence Day? b) Christmas, Easter, the Fall Festival? c) Christmas, Good Friday, Easter? d) Christmas, Easter, Pentecost?If you chose (c) you would be correct, but if you chose (d) you would be more in l

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Top 7 Reasons Prophecy is Important

April 18, 2018 By: Phil Schaefer

Certain spiritual gifts carry a tension, a controversy, an uneasiness. Prophecy is one of those gifts. But isn’t it interesting that prophecy as spoken about in the Scripture is a very good and helpful gift given by God. The Bible even says: Do not despise prophecy. This blog edition is not about how to avoid the p

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The Revolution That is Known as Easter

March 21, 2018 By: Phil Schaefer

Easter and revolution don’t seem like they go together. One is about celebrating and new life and the other is about conflict and undoing things. Renown historical theologian, N.T. Wright, has written two books addressing these two ideas and they both revolve around the Easter story. The title of one is ‘The Day

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Christian Thinking in Present Controversies

February 21, 2018 By: Phil Schaefer

We live in an era of fast-moving information via all manner of media. The 24 hour news cycle seems to have an insatiable appetite. It seems like every other day there is a new crisis. The speed at which these things confront us can be overwhelming. I now have someone who briefs me every Sunday morning on what current

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This Time Was Different

January 25, 2018 By: Phil Schaefer

We’ve been welcoming new members into the life of our church twice a year for nearly forty years. But this time was different. Not only were we welcoming those who looked familiar in present society, we were also welcoming those who had come from 10,000 miles away, across a journey of twenty years, who had landed in

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The Glorious Proclamation of Handel’s Messiah

December 22, 2017 By: Phil Schaefer

Handel’s Messiah. We all have heard of it. 2017 marks the 250th anniversary of George Frideric Handel’s death and the celebration of one of the greatest and best known operas in history. From ‘Comfort Ye my People’ to ‘Unto Us is Born a Child’ to ‘The Hallelujah Chorus’ it is a glorious proclamation o

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Why the Liturgical Calendar Matters

November 29, 2017 By: Phil Schaefer

All churches have a liturgy – even Christian Fellowship! Ours is not the traditional liturgy, but all Christians shape their faith on traditional liturgy. How, you may ask. The Liturgical Calendar is how the church recognizes the historical and theological events of Christian history. Christmas and Easter are par

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