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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 22, 2009 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

When a day feels like a thousand years

This past Sunday I preached on the fact that God is eternal, that He exists outside of time and is fully present to every moment of time at once. He is the Alpha and Omega, the one who was there in the beginning and will be there in the end. He is the unchanging one, who because He exists outside of time does not change in His character, His truth, His promises, or His purposes. He is the Rock upon which we stand in our faith....Keep Reading

Tags: God, Discipleship

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

July 28, 2009 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

And God said‘¦ "choose the Cocoa Puffs‘¦ with soy milk"

Somewhere in this great land of ours, there stands a man who has yet to leave his closet. He is a very spiritual man, but he is not in the closet because he has come to spend time with the Lord in prayer. No - he went in to get a shirt to wear that day. However, after a couple of hours he is still in his closet, because he has been waiting on God to clarify whether he should choose the navy and gray striped button down or the green polo shirt....Keep Reading

Tags: NewLife, Discipleship