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June 2, 2020 by Eric Stillman 1 comments

A confession and a commitment

Let me begin with a confession. In my almost 14(!) years as the pastor of NewLife, I have almost entirely steered away from social and political issues, choosing to focus as much as possible on preaching the Biblical text that is in front of me on a Sunday and the people who call themselves a part of our church. I know that there are a wide range of opinions in our church on many issues, and for better or worse I have tried to stay above the fray and point people to Jesus. Having said that, I now believe that I have wrongly erred on the side of silence too often, when my voice needs to be heard....Keep Reading

Tags: racism, Confession, Coronavirus

January 22, 2019 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

Step into the light

In Matthew 7:24-29, Jesus tells his listeners that the difference between the wise and foolish person is whether or not they put into practice His words. James, in his letter, says something similar, that it is of no value to hear the word and not act on it, but that the power lies in doing what the word says (James 1:22-25). There are some times in which the important thing is not to tell eloquent stories that move or inspire you, but to simply challenge you towards obedience. This is one of those times....Keep Reading

Tags: Sin, Confession

May 10, 2016 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

I am worse than you think I am

Lately I have found that when I am accused of wrongdoing, I have two potential responses competing in my mind. The first is to defend myself, to give all the reasons the accuser is wrong, and to point out all the way my accuser is just as guilty as I am. My second response is to not only agree with my accuser but to add to my accuser’s list all the other ways that I am guilty which they neglected to mention. The first response feels like the right way to go. After all, I am standing up for myself and declaring that I am not such a bad person after all, nor am I alone in being imperfect. The second response, however, is both humble and brutally honest about who I am. It is like the response given by the famous 18th century English evangelist George Whitefield upon receiving a vicious letter accusing him of wrongdoing: “I thank you heartily for your letter. As for what you and my other enemies are saying against me, I know worse things about myself than you will ever say about me....Keep Reading

Posted in: Relatonships Tags: Relationships, Confession

July 21, 2015 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

Someone knows your secrets

There is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed. God will bring to light what is hidden in darkness. Both Jesus, in Luke 12:2, and Paul, in 1 Corinthians 4:4, testify to the reality that there are no secrets and no safe hiding places ...Keep Reading

Posted in: Discipleship Tags: Confession, Judgment