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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

November 12, 2019 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

Are you still fishing for men?

You may have heard the expression, “once you see this, you can’t un-see it” in reference to some particularly disturbing picture. I find this quote from Francis Chan to be like that: once you hear it, you can’t un-hear it....Keep Reading

Tags: Evangelism, Missions, Francis Chan

November 6, 2019 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

The coming home of Kanye West

The news spread like wildfire through the little village. The prodigal son had returned. Months after disrespecting his father, his village, and his God, here he was, walking back towards his home, gaunt and disheveled in his appearance. And oh did the townspeople scoff and sneer: “He’s only home because he’s hungry. If he still had money, no way he would have come back.”...Keep Reading

Tags: prodigal son, God's love, Kanye West

October 29, 2019 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

The world doesn't revolve around you

I still remember where I was the day I realized that the world did not revolve around me. I was in Washington D.C., 21 years old, sitting in the top section of RFK Stadium at a Promise Keepers conference. All around me, thousands of men from all over the country stood, many with their arms raised to the sky, worshiping their God. As the swell of their voices echoed around the stadium, a sweet sound in our Lord’s ears, I suddenly realized that I was not the center of the universe. I was just one among many who had gathered that day to worship God and to commit our lives to His service....Keep Reading

Tags: Discipleship, pride

October 22, 2019 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

Costly love

I was 21 years old and spending a lot of time in ministry to teenagers when the movie Titanic was at the height of its popularity. I distinctly remember the swooning sounds of many a teenage girl over Jack, played by Leonardo DiCaprio, as he won Rose’s (Kate Winslet’s) heart and then (spoiler alert) gave up his life to save hers by choosing to remain in the frozen water while she floated safely on the piece of debris from the ship....Keep Reading

Tags: God's love, Titanic

October 15, 2019 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

What it really means to be righteous

What comes to mind when you hear the word “righteous,” and what is your understanding of what it means to be righteous? Perhaps, like me, you instinctively think that to be righteous means to achieve some kind of moral perfection, that the righteous person is the one who lives a moral and ethical life. Let me ask you to consider a better way of understanding righteousness....Keep Reading

Tags: Discipleship, Righteousness

October 8, 2019 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

What "born again" really means

The first time I remember hearing the phrase "born again" was in relation to Darryl Strawberry, the former Mets and Yankees star. I recall reading that Strawberry had become a "born again Christian," and while I wasn't quite sure what that meant, it was obvious that he seemed to have found religion. The phrase “born again” carries with it all kinds of baggage in this day and age....Keep Reading

Tags: Evangelism, Salvation

October 1, 2019 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

Everything matters

At the end of a lengthy chapter on the significance of Jesus’ resurrection, Paul concludes by exhorting his listeners to live their lives completely for God, because it all matters. In a world where it is so easy to question the significance of our daily struggle and toil, I find this passage to be cold water in a parched land. Because Jesus rose from the dead, Paul argues, we know that the things that we do this side of heaven have eternal significance. ...Keep Reading

Tags: Discipleship, Significance

September 24, 2019 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

Monuments in your own honor

King Saul was the first king in Israel. Tall, strong, and handsome, he certainly looked the part. But from the beginning, his insecurities held him back. In fact, when the prophet Samuel went to anoint him as king, they could not find him because he was hiding “among the baggage” (1 Samuel 10:22)! Despite his anxieties, Saul’s early days as king were full of success. But eventually he lost his way...Keep Reading

Tags: Worship, Discipleship

September 17, 2019 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

Two ways to answer your critics

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....Keep Reading

Tags: Identity, Criticism