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April 5, 2011 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

What UConn basketball teaches me about Jesus

I am a huge UConn basketball fan. I attended UConn many years ago, and during my time as a student, I attended every home game, often waiting in line for hours in order to be as close as possible to the court. This past Monday night culminated a few months of great excitement as the UConn men won the national championship. Having followed the team for years, I was amazed that they pulled it off" after all, they weren’t even picked to make the NCAA tournament in most preseason publications, let alone compete for the title. But under the leadership of Jim Calhoun, and guided by the play of Kemba Walker and his supporting cast, they shocked even this diehard fan....Keep Reading

Tags: Evangelism, Discipleship

March 29, 2011 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

Jesus and the problem of evil

Last week, I discussed possible philosophical answers to the problem of evil. The problem, however, with approaching the question of how a good and all-powerful God could allow suffering and evil from a philosophical perspective is that philosophical answers rarely touch the raw places in people’s lives, where deep pain and injustice has left indelible wounds. Most people who ask “Why, God?” out of rage and despair need more than to be told “God may have reasons that just don’t make sense to your limited mind at this time.” So what are the more personal responses to the problem of evil? Where is God when you are suffering?...Keep Reading

Tags: Suffering, Discipleship

March 22, 2011 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

Tsunamis and the problem of evil

Last week, I was watching an interview by MSNBC’s Martin Bashir with Rob Bell on his new book, Love Wins, and Bashir began the interview by asking Bell point blank, “The tsunami in Japan" which of these is true" either God is all-powerful but he doesn’t care about the people of Japan, or he does care about the people of Japan, but he’s not all-powerful. Which one is it?” Bell danced around the question with his answer, but I am sure that I would have done far worse if I had been asked that question on national television and had only two minutes with which to answer. Not only is the “problem of evil” a question that has challenged philosophers for centuries, but for the majority of people, it is not a philosophical question but a profoundly personal question, a question often filled with despair or rage towards God. Why, God? Why would you allow this devastation in my life? Why did you allow me to be abused? Why did you allow my son to be killed? Why have you allowed this crippling illness in my life? Is it that you just don’t care? Or you’e not powerful enough to stop it? Why, God?...Keep Reading

Tags: Evangelism, Suffering

March 9, 2011 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

The pursuit of happiness

“Then he called the crowd to him along with his disciples and said: ‘If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me and for the gospel will save it. What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul?’” (Mark 8:34-36)...Keep Reading

Tags: Discipleship

March 1, 2011 by Eric Stillman 0 comments


“As soon as all the people saw Jesus, they were overwhelmed with wonder and ran to greet him” (Mark 9:15)....Keep Reading

Tags: Gospel, Discipleship

February 24, 2011 by Eric Stillman 0 comments


“Earthquake leaves 100 dead in New Zealand.” “Car hits pedestrian at CCSU.” “Man murdered in Bristol.” I find watching the news to be an incredibly frustrating experience. Over the span of 30 seconds, we are told about a tragedy that has happened in a nearby town “man murdered in Bristol” and then, when that 30 seconds is up, it’s on to the next story. For the majority of these tragic stories, they so quickly become yesterday’s news, as life goes on for most of the world. But for the family of that murdered man... life will never be the same. When that 30 second story is about someone you love, life as you knew it has stopped. You are left picking up the pieces and trying to make sense of life, while the rest of the world has already forgotten and moved on to the next tragedy. And, of course, that doesn’t even take into account the many others whose tragedy is not newsworthy, but simply shows up as one of the twenty obituaries in the morning paper. For the rest of the world, life goes on" another day, another death, another tragedy. But for you, life has forever changed, and there is no “moving on.”...Keep Reading

Tags: Death

February 15, 2011 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

Keeping your faith during the hardest trials

“Faith is deliberate confidence in the character of God whose ways you may not understand at the time.” - Oswald Chambers...Keep Reading

Tags: God, Discipleship

February 8, 2011 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

God will routinely give you more than you can handle

Jesus looked at him and loved him. “One thing you lack,” he said. “Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” (Mark 10:21)...Keep Reading

Tags: Discipleship, Missions

February 1, 2011 by Jim Quigley 0 comments

Guest blogger: Jim Quigley (February 1, 2011)

Today’s guest blogger is Jim Quigley. “The older brother became angry and refused to go in. So his father went out and pleaded with him. But he answered his father, ‘Look! All these years I’ve been slaving for you and never disobeyed your orders. Yet you never gave me even a young goat so I could celebrate with my friends. But when this son of yours who has squandered your property with prostitutes comes home, you kill the fattened calf for him!’ “‘My son,’ the father said, ‘you are always with me, and everything I have is yours. But we had to celebrate and be glad, because this brother of yours was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’” (Luke 15:28-32)...Keep Reading

Tags: NewLife, Discipleship

January 25, 2011 by Gordon Lawrence 0 comments

Guest blogger: Gordon Lawrence (January 25, 2011)

Today’s guest blogger is Gordon Lawrence, a long-time member of NewLife as well as a volunteer with Free Inside prison ministry. He is writing today to share about his experience with Free Inside, as well as to share some of the opportunities for people to partner with this important ministry....Keep Reading

Tags: NewLife, Outreach