1. This article is written by guest contributor, Christopher J. Richmann.
  2. Like the serpent on the pole, God still puts real-life things up for us to look to for salvation.
  3. Bathed in the waters of baptism, you are placed in God's path of totality, a path he won for each and every one of us.
  4. The seemingly small, the particular, the previously overlooked, magnifies in importance.
  5. We can interpret "be the Church" as either law or gospel.
  6. God gives his church a story that helps to make sense of this life.
  7. It would serve us well to embrace the beauty of our diversity within the unity of the body of Christ.
  8. We must also address the stigma surrounding addiction within so many churches.
  9. It is of the utmost importance that pastors teach their congregation that through faith in Jesus Christ, they are fortified against the machinations of the adversary.
  10. God comes to us through the flesh and blood and spirit of Christ precisely where he promised to be manifest to us and for us.
  11. I’ve experienced firsthand the promise that God never leaves a congregation empty-handed.
  12. A pastor is sent to proclaim the unconditional grace of God, reminding us again and again that it is our Heavenly Father who reaches out to us in love through his Christ-won forgiveness, and not the other way around.