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October 30, 2018 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

Every Christian is a minister

In chapter 4 of his letter to the Ephesian church, Paul explains that God raises up certain people to be apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers. Their role, however, is not to be the trained professionals who do all of the ministry work. Rather, their primary role is, according to verse 12-13, “to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.” God’s vision for the church, in other words, is that every member would be a minister, using the gifts God has given them to serve each other, love their neighbor, and to build up the church....Keep Reading

Tags: Church, Discipleship

October 2, 2018 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

Looking for someone willing to play the part of the preacher

A recent unique posting on (since deleted) was making the rounds in articles on Christian websites this past week. Apparently, a newer church in Colorado was looking for a pastor willing to memorize the sermons of certain megachurch pastors and preach them to their congregation every Sunday. The reasoning went like this: if worship teams learn and play Chris Tomlin or David Crowder songs for worship, adding in their own personal contributions, why not do the same with preaching? Why settle for listening to Joe Pastor when you can listen to Joe Pastor preaching a Steven Furtick or Andy Stanley sermon?...Keep Reading

Tags: Church, Preaching

December 5, 2017 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

If you were struggling in life, would you go to church?

I have been taking a class on substance abuse counseling this fall, and one of the assignments was to visit a couple of AA, NA, and Al-Anon meetings. I had always heard that these groups often succeed in creating the kind of atmosphere and community that the church is meant to display. My experience proved this to be correct, especially in one important way that I think is worthy of consideration. One of the ways the church goes wrong, especially with young people, is by preaching the “gospel of sin management” ...Keep Reading

Tags: Church, fellowship

November 28, 2017 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

Is your church healthy?

One of the first questions that pastors tend to ask each other when they get together is, “How big is your church?” As pastors, it can be hard not to evaluate the job we are doing by the numbers ...Keep Reading

Tags: Church, Discipleship

October 25, 2016 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

The church is not a building

Ask the average New Englander what a church is, and they will likely answer “a building where Christians go on Sundays.” This, Biblically speaking, is the wrong answer. The church, or ekklesia in Greek, is not a place, but a community of people. More specifically, the church is three things:...Keep Reading

Posted in: Church life Tags: Church, community

March 15, 2016 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

Love in action on a Sunday morning

Love, as DC Talk put it so many years ago, is a verb. Loving your neighbor, therefore, is not primarily a matter of emotion, but shows itself in practical ways. With that in mind, consider these eight practical ways that you can love your neighbor on Sunday morning at NewLife, or at whatever church you attend:...Keep Reading

Posted in: Church life Tags: Church, Love

March 12, 2013 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

Honor your elders

“Here is a trustworthy saying: If anyone sets his heart on being an overseer, he desires a noble task... The elders who direct the affairs of the church well are worthy of double honor, especially those whose work is preaching and teaching.” (1 Timothy 3:1, 5:17) When the Bible lays out what the leadership of the local church should look like, one of the main emphases is on a group known as elders. The elders of the church are to be men (or men and women, depending on your reading of the relevant texts) whose role is to set an example of godly living for the church, shepherd the church (through nurturing, directing and guarding the sheep), and oversee the secular affairs of the church (see 1 Timothy 3:1-7, 5:17, Titus 1:5-9, 1 Peter 5:1-4, and Acts 20:28-31). While some elders may be financially compensated for their service (see 1 Timothy 5:17-18), most elders serve not for financial gain but rather out of a love for God and for His church....Keep Reading

Tags: Leadership, Church

December 13, 2011 by Anthony Varesio 0 comments

Guest blogger: Anthony Varesio (December 13, 2011)

Today’s guest writer is Anthony Varesio, with another installment of his “Imperfekt Chronicles.”...Keep Reading

Tags: Church, Guest Blogger

July 6, 2010 by Anthony Varesio 0 comments

Guest Blogger: Anthony Varesio (July 6, 2010)

This week’s guest blogger is Anthony Varesio. Anthony will be contributing to the NewLife blog on occasion with his, as he puts it, “unfiltered and in-progress diary of the personal challenges and revelations that come with my pursuit of becoming a better person and living ‘The Way’.”...Keep Reading

Tags: Church, Guest Blogger

May 18, 2010 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

Pedophile priests

Not many of you should presume to be teachers, my brothers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly. (James 3:1)...Keep Reading

Tags: Church, Sin

October 6, 2009 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

You don‘t have to go to church to be a spiritual person pt. 2

Last week I reference an article in The Hartford Courant and asked the question of why we shouldn‘t all just be spiritual people while keeping our distance from organized religion. After all, with the options available to us today, it is possible to listen to your favorite preacher, worship band, and even to financially support your favorite cause, all from the comfort of your own home, without having to worry about the messiness of relating to other people. Thank you to all who shared your thoughts on the blog or on my Facebook page. Here are my thoughts on the matter:...Keep Reading

Tags: Church, NewLife

September 29, 2009 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

You don‘t have to go to church to be a spiritual person

The Hartford Courant had an interesting article this morning on a fact that should not surprise many of us, which is that the number of Americans who affiliate themselves with no religion has increased significantly over the last two decades, from 8% in 1990 to 15% in 2008. This group, called the ‘œNones‘ by the Trinity College researchers responsible for the study, is made up atheists, agnostics, as well as people who consider themselves spiritual but do not affiliate with any particular religious group. As one person interviewed in the article put it, ‘œI do believe in something, but organized religion has no appeal.‘ All in all, this group numbers about 34 million strong....Keep Reading

Tags: Church, American Culture

September 9, 2009 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

The Unique Call of Pastoral Ministry pt. 2

When I was younger, I used to assume that pastors and priests must get free tickets to heaven for giving their life to the service of God. I no longer believe that, now that I know that God‘s grace and favor are not earned but are a free gift, and that we serve Him not for what we can get from Him but because of what we have already gotten from Him. I‘m not in this ministry for the free ticket, the money, the hours, or any of those reasons; I am doing this because I believe this is what God has made me to do. Last week I shared five of the challenges that are unique to the pastor‘s job. This week, let me share three of the blessings that are unique to this calling....Keep Reading

Tags: Church, NewLife

September 1, 2009 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

The Unique Call of Pastoral Ministry pt. 1

‘œIt must be nice to only work one day a week!‘ Ahh, the pastor‘s favorite words to hear. To those unfamiliar with church life, it may seem that the pastor does little more than stand up on a Sunday and speak for thirty minutes and then shake hands with people as they live. The reality, of course, is quite different. The pastor‘s job is one of the most unique jobs out there, in my opinion, and I thought it might be instructive to share five of the challenges that are unique to the pastor‘s job. Next week, I will share some of the blessings that are unique to this calling. What I write is not meant as a complaint; rather, I believe it will help you know better how to pray for me and my family, and will be helpful to any of you who are considering going into the ministry....Keep Reading

Tags: Church, NewLife