Being a Pastor of a “Baptist” Church, Part 2

Posted by Jason Cusick on

The following is a continuation of Pastor Jason's article "Being a Pastor of a 'Baptist' Church." Click here to read Part 1. 4. Every Follower of Jesus is a MinisterThe distinction between clergy and congregation is (or should be) small in Baptist churches because Baptists have...

Helping Others Through Suicidal Thoughts

Posted by Matthew Jensen on

You may not be aware that September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month; but, you may know someone who’s committed suicide, or know someone who knows someone who has committed suicide. In one way or another most of us are impacted in some shape or form by this all too inescapable...

When You've Lost Someone Through Suicide

Posted by Jason Cusick on

With all the news we’ve been hearing about suicide, I am often asked: “What do you say to those who have lost a loved one through suicide?” It depends on who you are talking to, how you know them, and what the situation is, but as one of many ways to respond, I’d like to...

Being a Pastor of a "Baptist" Church, Part 1

Posted by Jason Cusick on

I didn't grow up as a Christian or even going to church, so names of churches never made much sense to me. I knew Lutheran was named after Martin Luther. The words Episcopalian and Presbyterian were Greek to me (I later found out they are actually Greek words), and I assumed Pentecostal had...

Care Mondays

Posted by Matthew Jensen on

Sometimes life is heavy. Many of us will at some point struggle with the death of a loved one, the complexity of a divorce, a feeling of depression that we just can’t shake, the unique struggle of raising children in a single-parent household, finances that we can’t get a...

Worship: It's Not Just for Sundays

Posted by Michael Seifert on

“Sing to the Lord! Bless His name; proclaim of His salvation day to day!” —Psalm 96:2 Music is one of God’s greatest gifts to us. It soothes our souls, brightens our days, and draws us closer to others. In God’s Word, we are encouraged to “make...

Haiti Mission Trip Recap

Posted by Annie Cornforth on

It has now been almost a month since our return from Haiti. This trip was my third, the first as a co-leader of the trip and the first trip for many of the team members. I have been reflecting on my first trip to Haiti a few years ago. I remember most of the daily details of our work there but...

How to Find a Mentor

Posted by Jason Cusick on

Scott, Bill, Juanita, Dennis, Sean, Beth, Jim… this is a short list of people in my life whom I have referred to as “mentors.” I believe the Bible encourages mentoring, shepherding and what I would call “ride-along relationships” (Titus 2:2-3, Proverbs 27:17, 2...

Suffering Biblically

Posted by Matthew Jensen on

Why does God allow us to suffer? It’s a question that has plagued the greatest thinkers for thousands of years, and one that we wrestle with very personally when we’re in life’s valleys. And yet it’s often in those times of hopelessness that we see that God desires to...

Jan's Journey of Restoration

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I was brought up in a Conservative Baptist home. My father was an elder in the church and my family was viewed as pillars of the community. By all exterior appearances we were the model family, but there were cracks in our family foundation that no one could see. My father was a very charismatic...

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