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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

May 26, 2020 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

Why we are NOT open on Sundays yet

One of the challenges when reading the Bible is differentiating between two fancy theological terms: historical particularity and eternal relevance. In other words, when Paul writes in 1 Timothy 2:12, “I do not permit a woman to teach or have authority over a man,” was he addressing a unique concern in the Ephesian church (historical particularity), or was he saying something that is meant to apply to all churches in all cultures in all time periods (eternal relevance)? This challenge is one of the trickiest parts of Biblical interpretation....Keep Reading

Tags: Coronavirus, 1 Corinthians 10:23-24

March 17, 2020 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

Don't stop "gathering" together

Let us not give up meeting together, the writer of Hebrews tells us. Unless, of course, a massive virus breaks out and the government limits public gatherings to the size of two basketball teams. We are in unprecedented times. Earlier today I was listening to a pastor talking about how the last time his church closed its doors on a Sunday was during the Spanish flu of 1918, when the local government asked every church to shutter its doors in order to help prevent the contagion from spreading and the death toll from rising. I suppose as long as this sort of thing only happens once every century, we can manage....Keep Reading

Tags: Church, fellowship, Coronavirus