Faith in God or Man?

[Sermon given by Devin Jump on January 2nd, 2022.] What do the miracles of Jesus, a government program known as “Project Sunshine”, and dinosaurs have in common? Turns out, it may be more faith than science… The main point that I’d like to make today is about where we choose to place our faith, evenContinue reading “Faith in God or Man?”

Talents & Skills

“Mom, what are my talents?” My face must have flashed through sixteen contortions before landing, frozen, back in foundling traumas of insecurity. If I never head the word ‘talents’ again, I wouldn’t be disappointed; I might even sweat less. “Talents?” I asked, trying to bide my time to give answer. “Is it singing?” she asked,Continue reading “Talents & Skills”

The Original Misinformation Campaign

And, while I find blatant misinformation hard to accept from the Justices of the Supreme Court (sound bytes available to prove it) this week, the truth is, we’ve all been there — taking an irresistibly delicious sound byte, blacking out with excitement, seeing red in bloody retribution or rightness, and running with it to share…

Besting 2022

A new year is peeking through my frosted window panes. The north wind of 2021 is frozen in place this week, but it will not stop 2022 from coming. I stand upon the hard middle ground of 40 years now. New Year’s Day no longer appears as the undulating silhouette of mystery – tall, dark,Continue reading “Besting 2022”

That’s A Wrap: Christmas 2021

This year we bought a house for $15,000.00 in North Dakota, we financed the newest vehicle we’ve had in many years, and I lost a few pounds of emotional baggage (though I can’t say the same for my hips) – which is saying something because the last three years have been rough physically, financially, emotionally,Continue reading “That’s A Wrap: Christmas 2021”

Spiritual Travelogue: Why Leave That?

vertheless, I have learned to be grateful for some silences, for the writer’s fears are not unlike the writer’s friends’ own. I have flayed my heart, time and time again

Part 3: Conversion, Context, & Evidence (‘In Spirit’)

“To enjoy in experience what is true of me as in Him, I must learn what it is to walk in the Spirit. It is historic fact that in Christ my old man was crucified, and it is a present fact that I am blessed ‘with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ’Continue reading “Part 3: Conversion, Context, & Evidence (‘In Spirit’)”

Part 2: Structures ‘In Spirit & in Truth’

How a thing starts often sets the course of orthopraxy (church practices). It is impossible not to notice the two very different structures adhered to between Charismatic / Full Gospel / Evangelical and the more traditional, even Catholic, structures of those who follow liturgies or the formal training of Presbyterian / Lutheran / Methodist /Continue reading “Part 2: Structures ‘In Spirit & in Truth’”

The Church ‘In Spirit & In Truth’ (And Those Seeking)

What if I told you that there is an entire population of sheep desiring to be in church, wanting to be in communion with the saints, moving in and out of your churches in search of Living Water, lacking an earthly Shepherd? Certainly, one pastor might say: “These are the malcontents.” Indeed, another hireling supposes:Continue reading “The Church ‘In Spirit & In Truth’ (And Those Seeking)”