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Treasure in Jars of Clay

Bill Fowler, Provost  |  May 31, 2016 7:30 am

Job description? Several years ago, I was called to a church where the two former pastors had been incredibly gifted men. I looked at my own gifts and felt intimidated by the position I was being called to fill. Trying to understand God’s purpose in calling me to the church, I asked Him what His … MORE

Are We Missing Jesus in Our Radical Christianity?

Bill Fowler, Provost  |  April 25, 2016 8:36 am

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Christianity: Meant to be radicalI believe in a radical commitment to Jesus. Something about “if anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily, and follow me,” sounds profoundly radical, particularly in the first century when crosses were the occasions of horrible deaths rather than ornaments at the end … MORE

Why We Can’t Live Without Sabbath

Jay Smith, President  |  April 8, 2016 2:30 pm

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I am returning from a retreat on an island in the San Juan Archipelago, one of the most beautiful places I know of in the Pacific Northwest. I take a retreat once or twice a year to slow down, to regroup, and to find my center in this fast paced world. I realize that in … MORE

A Reality Check on Self-Righteousness

Bill Fowler, Provost  |  April 1, 2016 11:00 am

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A Pharisee and a publican go to the temple to pray. The Pharisee praises himself in his prayer, calls attention to his religious activities, and compares himself to the publican. The publican stands humbly at a distance, beating his breast, pleading for God’s mercy. Jesus lifts the publican up as the man who got it … MORE

The Trinity: Imagination, Reality, and Power

Jay Smith, President  |  February 4, 2016 2:23 pm

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NOTE: The following is an adaptation of a lecture delivered in Boise and Bellingham in October 2015. The doctrine of the Trinity lies at the heart of the Christian faith, yet relatively few understand its meaning or importance. Those who follow Christ have pondered the nature of God since roughly A.D. 33. The person of … MORE