From the monthly archives: December 2015

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Top 10 Posts from 2015, No. 2: On the Ugly Shades of 'Grey'


 


As Willie Nelson would say, it’s time to turn off the lights on 2015. The party’s over. And if you felt as if the party wasn’t all you thought it would be, you’re probably not alone. From literal earthquakes in Nepal, to metaphorical earthquakes in Western culture, to stories of struggles in our own congregation, 2015 was a trying year. But it’s in the trials that God wants to show us the incomparable beauty and hope of his Son.

Reflection, even on as difficult of a year as 2015, is a means of grace for us. As the year winds down, we’ll be reposting the 10 most-viewed posts from All Things New in 2015. Our prayer is that through these posts you can sink deeper into the rest that only Christ provides. It is possible for our year-end-reviewing to be joyful even in the midst of sorrow (2 Corinthians 6:10).

The countdown continues at No. 2 with Mitch Majeski and Vanessa Felhauer’s email exchange on 50 Shades of Grey and the true beauty of biblical sexuality.


A Conversation: ‘50 Shades of Grey’ and the Beauty of a Biblical Sexual Ethic

50 Shades of Grey opened in theaters last Friday and brought in $94 domestically and $266 million worldwide in its opening weekend. Much has been said about the film and its glorification of misogyny and sadomasochism. Over the last few days, Mitch Majeski and Vanessa Felhauer exchanged emails in an attempt to address the sexual ethic of 50 Shades of Grey and to point us to a biblical, more satisfying understanding of sex. Here is what transpired.


Felhauer: When we talked last week about writing an email exchange about 50 Shades of Grey, I was pretty riled up. But the more I’ve read and prayed and engaged with this topic, the more my heart breaks. I’m tearing up even as I write this. In my life and ministry, I see it more from the women’s side — so many women in bondage to shame. God designed our sexuality for such good and pleasure and to point us to the God who is our ultimate pleasure. And Satan has brought such darkness and destruction.

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Top 10 Posts from 2015, No. 3: The Unexpected Blessings of a Simple 'Yes'


 


As Willie Nelson would say, it’s time to turn off the lights on 2015. The party’s over. And if you felt as if the party wasn’t all you thought it would be, you’re probably not alone. From literal earthquakes in Nepal, to metaphorical earthquakes in Western culture, to stories of struggles in our own congregation, 2015 was a trying year. But it’s in the trials that God wants to show us the incomparable beauty and hope of his Son.

Reflection, even on as difficult of a year as 2015, is a means of grace for us. As the year winds down, we’ll be reposting the 10 most-viewed posts from All Things New in 2015. Our prayer is that through these posts you can sink deeper into the rest that only Christ provides. It is possible for our year-end-reviewing to be joyful even in the midst of sorrow (2 Corinthians 6:10).

The countdown continues at No. 3 with Tina Wilson’s moving story about what God did through her family’s ‘yes’ to inviting college students to live with them.


All in the Family: Rejoicing in the Unexpected Blessings of a Simple ‘Yes’

Sometimes, the little things become the big things that change the trajectory of a life.

Five years ago, there was an unassuming email in my inbox from Mitch Majeski. No deep theology. No memorable Mitch humor or storytelling. Just a simple request for someone to house two Rock guys for the summer.

Mark and I both read the email and, on our own, thought, “Hey, we have a big empty room in our basement that no one is using.” I don't remember which of us said something first, but we both agreed that this was something we could do — a simple way to help out a couple of college guys for the summer.

Simple but, truthfully, not terribly convenient.

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Top 10 Posts from 2015, No. 4: Dear Church: It's Not You, It's Me (Really)


 


As Willie Nelson would say, it’s time to turn off the lights on 2015. The party’s over. And if you felt as if the party wasn’t all you thought it would be, you’re probably not alone. From literal earthquakes in Nepal, to metaphorical earthquakes in Western culture, to stories of struggles in our own congregation, 2015 was a trying year. But it’s in the trials that God wants to show us the incomparable beauty and hope of his Son.

Reflection, even on as difficult of a year as 2015, is a means of grace for us. As the year winds down, we’ll be reposting the 10 most-viewed posts from All Things New in 2015. Our prayer is that through these posts you can sink deeper into the rest that only Christ provides. It is possible for our year-end-reviewing to be joyful even in the midst of sorrow (2 Corinthians 6:10).

The countdown continues at No. 4 with Trisha Swift’s post on the importance of valuing the local church.


Dear Church: It's Not You, It's Me (Really)

I'm usually the last to know anything, whether it's at work, in life, whatever. It's a sore spot for me, and one that can turn me into a gossip if I actually do get a bit of juicy information (which is next to never, thanks to God's grace). But sometimes being the last to know is a good thing.

I recently caught wind of some brothers and sisters who have left Summitview because they didn't like the worship music. I don't know much more than that, but it got me thinking. I know that the pastors often get complaints about their sermons and a myriad of other things, but could it be that there’s nothing wrong with the pastors, the worship music, or whatever? Could it be that something is wrong with us?

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Top 10 Posts from 2015, No. 5: Tullian Tchividjian and Adultery


 


As Willie Nelson would say, it’s time to turn off the lights on 2015. The party’s over. And if you felt as if the party wasn’t all you thought it would be, you’re probably not alone. From literal earthquakes in Nepal, to metaphorical earthquakes in Western culture, to stories of struggles in our own congregation, 2015 was a trying year. But it’s in the trials that God wants to show us the incomparable beauty and hope of his Son.

Reflection, even on as difficult of a year as 2015, is a means of grace for us. As the year winds down, we’ll be reposting the 10 most-viewed posts from All Things New in 2015. Our prayer is that through these posts you can sink deeper into the rest that only Christ provides. It is possible for our year-end-reviewing to be joyful even in the midst of sorrow (2 Corinthians 6:10).

The countdown continues at No. 5 with Mitch Majeski’s reflections on Tullian Tchividjian’s affair and what to remember when a pastor commits adultery.


What to Remember when a Pastor Commits Adultery

Last Monday, the Washington Post broke the story that Tullian Tchividjian, author and senior pastor of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., had resigned his position after admitting to an extra-marital affair.

Tchvidjian made this statement to the Post:

 

I resigned from my position at Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church today due to ongoing marital issues. As many of you know, I returned from a trip a few months back and discovered that my wife was having an affair. Heartbroken and devastated, I informed our church leadership and requested a sabbatical to focus exclusively on my marriage and family. As her affair continued, we separated. Sadly and embarrassingly, I subsequently sought comfort in a friend and developed an inappropriate relationship myself. Last week I was approached by our church leaders and they asked me about my own affair. I admitted to it and it was decided that the best course of action would be for me to resign. Both my wife and I are heartbroken over our actions and we ask you to pray for us and our family that God would give us the grace we need to weather this heart wrenching storm.

 

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Top 10 Posts from 2015, No. 6: Abby Schreiber Has Leukemia


 


As Willie Nelson would say, it’s time to turn off the lights on 2015. The party’s over. And if you felt as if the party wasn’t all you thought it would be, you’re probably not alone. From literal earthquakes in Nepal, to metaphorical earthquakes in Western culture, to stories of struggles in our own congregation, 2015 was a trying year. But it’s in the trials that God wants to show us the incomparable beauty and hope of his Son.

Reflection, even on as difficult of a year as 2015, is a means of grace for us. As the year winds down, we’ll be reposting the 10 most-viewed posts from All Things New in 2015. Our prayer is that through these posts you can sink deeper into the rest that only Christ provides. It is possible for our year-end-reviewing to be joyful even in the midst of sorrow (2 Corinthians 6:10).

The countdown continues at No. 6 with the announcement on November 13 about Abby Schreiber’s leukemia and their family’s return to Colorado. Let this post be a reminder to pray for the handful of Summitview families who are currently in a fight against cancer.


Prayers Needed: Abby Schreiber Has Been Diagnosed with Leukemia

This week, Mark and Tiffany Schreiber — Summitview missionaries in Japan — received some very difficult news: Their 13-year-old daughter, Abby, has been diagnosed with leukemia.

The Schreibers moved to Tokyo in July to contribute to a team of missionaries led by David Cervenka. Mark and Tiffany were working at the American School in Japan (ASIJ). Their three girls, Abby, Anna and Lilly, also were students at ASIJ.

This is not Abby’s first battle with leukemia. When Abby was 3-years-old, she was diagnosed with leukemia. After nearly three years of treatment and five years in remission, Abby had been considered cured. Obviously, this is devastating news for the Scheibers. They will be arriving in Colorado tomorrow to begin Abby’s treatment.

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