October 26, 2021
by Eric Stillman
In this past Sunday’s sermon on justice and community, I challenged people that any ideology that seeks justice by dividing people into groups instead of emphasizing what unites us is not of God. As Christians, we believe that in two main things that unite all humans: first, that we are all created in the image of God and worthy of dignity and respect, and second, that we are all sinners, rebels against a holy God, out of step with His design for us and in need of salvation. With these two truths framing the way we see each other, we can avoid much of the pride, anger, and division found in cultural conceptions of justice.
One of the most powerful stories I have heard regarding the second truth, that we are all sinners, was something I heard in a Tim Keller sermon. ...Keep Reading
February 2, 2016
by Eric Stillman
One of the ministries our church supports is Isaiah 58. This ministry, originally started by Ray and Linda Labbe over 20 years ago, consists of volunteers who prepare food and drive it to New Britain in a big blue van to serve the hungry and homeless every Saturday (except the first Saturday of the month), while sharing the gospel and love of Christ with them. The name of the ministry comes from God’s words to the prophet Isaiah about fasting and justice. In this passage, the Israelites complain that God is not responding to their fasting and pursuit of God. God’s reply is that while they are fasting by the letter of the law, in that they are abstaining from food, they are simultaneously exploiting their workers and treating each other with violence while they fast. God exhorts them that true fasting should involve not only abstaining from food or humbling oneself, but also seeking justice and sharing with the hungry and needy....Keep Reading