June 2, 2020
by Eric Stillman
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
June 23, 2015
by Eric Stillman
Last Wednesday evening, as you all undoubtedly know by now, nine of our Christian brothers and sisters were killed in a shooting at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, one of the oldest African-American churches in the country. This past Sunday, as I was preaching on the story of Onesimus, the runaway slave, and Paul’s letter to his slave owner Philemon, urging him to forgive Onesimus and to welcome him back as a brother, I was reminded of Galatians 3:28. In that passage, Paul declares that all racial, ethnic, gender, and socioeconomic barriers have come down in Christ, so that all are brothers and sisters. The church, according to Paul, and as demonstrated in the story of Philemon and Onesimus, is to be a place of radical equality, where a slave might worship alongside his master, men praying next to women, and different races lifting up their hands together in worship of their great God.
This truth, of course, makes what happened last Wednesday all the more egregious. ...Keep Reading