Steve’s Devotional - The Difficulty of Acceptance

By: Steve Brown on Monday July 6, 2015

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Maybe it’s cancer. Maybe it’s divorce. Maybe you have a son or daughter who’s turned away from God. Maybe you have a friend who betrayed you. Maybe you’re close to bankruptcy. Whatever it is, Mark 14:32-42 shows Jesus in a more painful predicament. In the Garden of Gethsemane, Christ faces a soon and horrible death on the cross. Even his friends—Peter, James and John—refuse to stand by him. They can’t even stay awake as Christ pleads with his Father to “take this cup from me.” As Christians, our model is Jesus Christ. In fact, there is probably no better way to deal with our circumstances than to see how Christ dealt with his, then go and do likewise.

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The Miracle of the Kurds - Stephen Mansfield

By: Key Life on Monday July 6, 2015

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Get ready for some good news from the Middle East! That isn’t something you hear every day. Join Stephen Mansfield on SBE for a discussion of his book, ‘The Miracle of the Kurds: A Remarkable Story of Hope Reborn in Northern Iraq.’

Church Without the Junk

By: Chad West on Thursday July 2, 2015

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We all have this place inside of us that we store it all. The socially unacceptable, the irreligious ideas, the things that would lose friends and uninspire people. Questions, worries and doubts that we know we can’t share, but ache to say. That place is quickly cramped and uncomfortable, tearing at its seams.

Bragging Rights - Steve’s Letter July 2015

By: Steve Brown on Wednesday July 1, 2015

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I was working on a sermon this morning (it’s a cow that never stays milked) and the text was 1 Corinthians 9:13-23. I guess I’ve taught that text a hundred times but a verse jumped out at me that I hadn’t noticed before or, at least, a verse to which I hadn’t paid much attention. It’s where Paul says in verse 15, “I would rather die than have anyone deprive me of my ground for boasting.”

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Steve’s 2015 Knox Commencement Address

By: Key Life on Tuesday June 30, 2015

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Steve recently addressed the graduating class of 2015 at Knox Theological Seminary. His talk was titled “Birds, Snakes and Ministry” from Matthew 10:16. Check it out and pass it on to your friends and family in ministry.

Steve’s Devotional - How to Believe

By: Steve Brown on Monday June 29, 2015

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If you are a skeptic or have ever been one, then, chances are, you have had the experience of going to a Christian, asking about his or her faith, only to receive a “You just believe, that’s all” in response. I don’t know about you, but I remember feeling frustrated by that. I already know the problem. What I need is a solution.

Finding the Prince of Peace in the Holy Land

By: Guest Bloggers on Saturday June 27, 2015

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I recently completed a 37,000-mile prayer pilgrimage around the world. I met monks, danced with rabbis, had an audience with Pope Francis, visited Mount Athos, walked on coals, and revived my prayer life. I experienced a world of prayers traditions across the Judeo-Christian faith family, including some of the “weird uncles” and “crazy cousins,” like Westboro and North Korea. On my journey, I had the opportunity to visit the Middle East, where I toured Bethlehem and Jerusalem. On my last day in town, I visited a very special place.