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ENCOUNTERING PEOPLE WHO ARE SUFFERING

by Rob

What do you say to someone who is suffering more than you have ever suffered? As a Christian and a person working in ministry, I face this question almost daily. Yesterday I started a conversation with a Cup of Cool Water client in typical fashion. I asked Tom (not his real name) how his day […]

BACKPACKING AND THE NEW COUNTRY

by Rob

I recently went backpacking with a group of friends. Preparing for this trip created in me a rather bizarre kind of anxiety. Some backdrop: I spent the last two summers as a mountain guide with Young Life’s Beyond Malibu, leading groups on intense, week-long mountaineering trips in remote British Columbia. In many ways, I exited […]

WHAT I OVERLOOKED IN PSALM 51

by Rob

A few weeks ago I sat in Jon and Emily Royal’s oh-so-familiar backyard (eating deliciously familiar popcorn), while a handful of YFC friends and neighbors read and talked through Psalm 51. I have always loved this psalm (probably because I have an over-active conscience that frequently lands me in a swamp of guilt), as praying […]

WOMEN IN THE CHURCH

by Rob

I remember the first time I realized there was prejudice against female leadership in the church. I was a student leader my senior year in the youth group I grew up in – a conservative Baptist church. I think very highly of my experience growing up here and don’t at all want to downplay the […]

Immanuel Spokane: A Theological Vision – Reconcile People

by Rob

This is part 2 of Immanuel’s Theological Vision. You can find part 1 by clicking here We live in such a fragmented society. At this point almost every element of society is responding as a victim. Everyone is slighted. Everyone is polarized. As a matter fact, in my 57 years, I have never seen a more […]

Immanuel Spokane: A Theological Vision – Restored Lives

by Rob

Your kingdom come, your will be done in Spokane as it is in heaven. In Spokane as it is in heaven! That is how I always pray the Lord’s Prayer in regards to our church. Of course, the Lord’s Prayer ends with the phrase, “…for yours is the Kingdom, and the power and glory forever […]

Book Review – Redeeming Sex

by Rob

Redeeming Sex Book Review by Sagen Eatwell One of the most divisive topics right now between the church and those outside of the community of Christ is sexuality. Gender identity, homosexuality, the changing of family structures, as well as individual sexual behavior all seem to have held the spotlight for a very long time. Debra […]

Moving Into The Neighborhood

by Rob

Something I’ve always loved about Jesus is his tangibility; his raw humanness that allows us to be completely a part of Him – that the God of the universe would be so relatable. The Message version of John 1 puts it this way, “The Word became flesh and blood and moved into the neighborhood.” Literally […]

A Call To The Church To Repent

by Rob

I have long felt like my calling in life has been to help change the mind of the church. Jesus made it clear that he came to proclaim the good news that the Kingdom of God was near. The imperatives related to this declaration were for his followers to believe and repent (Mark 1). Repentance, […]