Writing in the 1940’s during the height of World War II from inside Germany while defending the defenseless, speaking against the tyranny of Hitler and the Nazi regime, and protecting the integrity of the Gospel under threat from the state that eventually led to his arrest and execution, Dietrich Bonhoeffer has earned a rightful position in history. He has joined the ranks of many that have gone before him, and through his writings, those who would desire to identify with Christ today are confronted with a life-changing question, “Am I sure I want to do this?” Continue reading “Count the Cost”
We are an anxious generation and statistics are painting a somber picture of this reality. Among college students today, anxiety has surpassed depression as the most common reason for seeking counseling services, and this is combined with the doubling of hospital admissions in the last decade among suicidal teenagers. The statistics help reveal the growing epidemic and point to probable causes, but fail to provide a satisfying solution that our society is in desperate need of. The liberating truth we need to hear today is this: Freedom from our worries and anxiety is found in three little words, “God is enough”. Continue reading “God is Enough”
In light of the news coming out of Willow Creek Community Church this week, it would be easy for us to throw stones, point fingers, and condemn in moments like this. Regrettably, this is what Evangelicalism has become known for — our judgement of others and raging hypocrisy to a watching world. There is a better way. Continue reading “Praying for Willow Creek and the Church”
We’re living in an off-the-map world … there’s an uncertainty I can’t shake, and am frankly not sure I ever will, or that my generation ever will. The world is just too weird now.
I read these words in an article a friend of mine recently shared on Facebook and I couldn’t help but relate, especially as it pertains to our church planting journey. Continue reading “A New Church in the Unknown World”
This weekend, as our country prepares to remember the fallen heroes of our age, the ones who have sacrificed their life for the lives of their countrymen – the majority whom they never, or will ever know – we too, as believers in Jesus Christ, pause to remember their acts of selflessness and bravery.
Continue reading “A Call to Prayer”
Yeah, we’re a little crazy … crazy about Jesus. We don’t have a building, an office, or a weekly worship service, but we do have a love for Jesus and a call to point people to him! Will you join us on the journey? Learn more about Restoration Church. Our purpose in the Chicago suburbs. Our vision for ministry. Our love for Jesus. And our heart for everyone, everywhere.
Continue reading “The Restoration Church Podcast is Here!”
I’m just getting caught up on the news from the weekend and deeply disturbed by the events in #Charlottesville. Yet sadly, I’m not shocked.
The world is corrupted and so are we. Sin is widespread, and there is only one cure. Those who claim Jesus as Lord and support the evil and hate in Charlottesville are terribly misled, and what Scripture would refer to as “warped and sinful … [and] self-condemned” (Titus 3:11)
Continue reading “The Gospel’s Response to Charlottesville”