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February 25, 2020 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

Our great political hope

The theory undergirding David Zahl’s book Seculosity is that as our culture looks less and less to God’s saving grace as our source of self-worth and justification (or “enoughness,” as Zahl calls it), we inevitably look to the good things of this world for that which only God can give us. Some turn to a romantic partner, others to a career, still others to parenting or technology. And some, as chapter 8 outlines, put their hope in politics....Keep Reading

Tags: Jesus, Politics, Seculosity

February 18, 2020 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

Searching for that elusive rest

As a parent to four children, I have noticed that one thing that has clearly changed over the generations has been play and leisure time. With every generation, it feels as if play has become less free and more structured. Instead of sending your children out to do whatever with their neighborhood friends and expecting them home by supper, now almost every activity is scheduled, with any downtime becoming increasing tethered to an electronic device. When children are finally faced with real downtime without electronics, you can almost guarantee that the first words out of their mouth will be, “I’m bored.” But children are not the only ones who have experienced a change in play and leisure time. ...Keep Reading

Tags: Culture, Seculosity, Play

February 11, 2020 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

Work hard and rest easy

I think that one of the most humorous things in the Bible is that the all-powerful, holy and mighty God of the universe, after creating the world, rested on day seven. Was He really worn out from shaping all those llamas and aardvarks and mountains and stars and oceans? Or was there another reason behind that act?...Keep Reading

Tags: Culture, Work, Sabbath, Discipleship

February 4, 2020 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

Your smartphone can not save you

What a difference my smartphone has made for good in my life. It has helped me remember appointments and tasks, stay on track with my personal habits and disciplines, connect quickly with my family and friends, and redeem my down time by giving me quick access to edifying Kindle books, audiobooks and podcasts. What a difference my smartphone has made for bad in my life. It continually seeks to enslave me to its notifications and interruptions. It has made it so much harder to sustain attention on anything important, from praying to reading to even driving. And it pulls me away from giving my family and friends my undivided love and attention when I am with them....Keep Reading

Tags: Smartphones, Seculosity, Technology

January 28, 2020 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

The quest to become the perfect parent

I love being a pastor. And I love to read. But few things give me anxiety like the book table at a pastor’s conference. In every catchy title and accomplished author, I find yet another thing that I need to learn or don’t do well enough ...Keep Reading

Tags: Culture, Parenting, Seculosity

January 21, 2020 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

The search for your soulmate

You can take away religion, and you can take away God, but you can’t take away the human need to know that our lives matter and that we are loved. As our culture becomes less and less Christian, it seems clear that more and more people are looking to romantic love to convince themselves that their lives matter and that they are loved....Keep Reading

Tags: Culture, Seculosity, Romantic love

January 14, 2020 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

I am busier than you are

How are you doing? What answer comes to your mind when you are asked that question? In chapter 2 of David Zahl’s book “Seculosity: How career, parenting, technology, food, politics, and romance became our new religion and what to do about it,” he points out that more than ever, our answer to that question has become not “fine” or “good” but “busy” or “stressed.” Sound familiar?...Keep Reading

Tags: Gospel, Stress, Rest, Busyness

January 7, 2020 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

You are worthless, unlovable, and not good enough... or so you fear

Once a year, I like to use this space to interact with a book that I find intriguing, looking at a chapter every week. I particularly enjoy interacting with books that examine our cultural climate in the light of the gospel and can help us share the gospel with our neighbors. Over the next 10 weeks or so, I will be interacting with the book “Seculosity: How career, parenting, technology, food, politics, and romance became our new religion and what to do about it” by David Zahl....Keep Reading

Tags: Culture, Self-Image, Seculosity

December 24, 2019 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

The Savior has come

In lieu of my own words this Christmas Eve, let us instead listen to Luke’s account of the entrance of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, into our world....Keep Reading

Tags: Jesus, Christmas

December 18, 2019 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

It is well with my soul

If you have ever listened to K-Love, you know that they have an occasional segment called “Behind the Music” where a singer shares the story of where their song comes from. I often find that I develop is a greater emotional connection to the song when I know the heart behind the words. The same holds true for the classic hymns of the church. One of the most powerful “Behind the Music” stories is the story behind “It is Well with my Soul,” which was written by Horatio Spafford in the 1880’s, which I reference this past Sunday during our worship time....Keep Reading

Tags: Suffering, Trust, Horatio Spafford