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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

December 10, 2019 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

Making sense of suffering

As a preacher, I often quote from C.S. Lewis, because, well, that’s what evangelical preachers do. I must confess, however, that as quotable as he is, I have only actually finished two of his books, because I find his style difficult to read. One of those books is Mere Christianity, a classic and one of the first books I ever read as a Christian. The second is called A Grief Observed, and contains his journals and reflections after losing his wife, Joy Davidman, to cancer....Keep Reading

Tags: Suffering, CS Lewis

December 3, 2019 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

Longing for the "good old days" of slavery

It must have been an annoying and arduous journey for the Israelites as they trudged through the wilderness on their way to the Promised Land. It was hot, there were way too many people around, and there was no comfortable place to lay down and sleep. And did I mention the food? Manna for breakfast, manna for lunch, and ...Keep Reading

Tags: Discipleship, Faith

November 26, 2019 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

Are you confused? Or just afraid to follow Jesus?

What price would you be willing to pay to experience more of the love, joy, peace, and fullness of God in your life? Honestly, that question frightens me. Even though I know in my head that God is good, that He is the pearl of great price that is worth selling everything for, I still have a great deal of fear when it comes to following Him. Specifically, I am afraid to give things up, afraid that it will not be worth the sacrifice. I think that many of us struggle with our faith, wondering where God is and what He wants of us. What if the answer is really simple, but our issue is not really a lack of understanding but rather a lack of willingness to do what He wants us to do? For example:...Keep Reading

Tags: Discipleship, Faith

November 20, 2019 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

Answering the "so what?" question in preaching

I was in a conversation with someone recently who asked me what the hardest part of preaching is. There are many things that are challenging about it ...Keep Reading

Tags: Preaching, Marriage