Entries by sarahp

Catalytic Convictions

Once upon a time, there was a girl. She was a good girl. She did all the right things growing up, never gave her parents any real trouble, went to church, and knew all the right answers in Sunday school and church camp. This girl went away to a small Christian college and did well. […]

My Lowest Moment

A decade ago on a hot, humid July evening, I received a phone call from my wife. She was crying. She informed me that she had just gone to dinner with another man, went back to his place, and slept with him. A week later, she left me for good for that man. I was […]

Traversing the Tension

Caleb Kaltenbach, author of Messy Grace, closed out the “You Asked For It” series for us this past weekend. Building up to this series, many of you submitted questions that dealt with how we are to respond to those who do not believe what we believe, specifically those in the LGBTQ community. These are great […]

In the Face of Suffering

As Ben said at the start of this series, most questions people have about God and Christianity are not so much matters of the head as they are matters of the heart. Although the existence of evil is a serious question, both logically and theologically, many of us view it as a personal problem rather […]

He Carries Me

“Do you want to get well?” To someone who is sick, or depressed, or even just feeling down, this is an odd question. Of course you do! Yet, Jesus chose these words when speaking to a man who had been paralyzed for his entire life (John 5). Maybe you are like that man, wanting to […]

A Purpose for Our Pain

This is a hard one to grapple with. Especially when we are going through it, it is difficult to see and believe that God has a good plan for our divorce or the death of a loved one. What is the plan for a terminal illness or a freak accident that alters our lives forever? […]

Giving Voice to the Pain

When good people suffer, we struggle to understand why God doesn’t intervene. One way we respond intellectually to these events is by being curious, asking questions about why God allowed such evil. What we need in those moments is a conversation with a friend or trusted mentor. (More on this response tomorrow!) However, when we […]

Why, God?

In the second week of the “You Asked for It” series, Lead Pastor Ben Snyder tackled arguably the most pervasive question mankind has asked in relation to God’s ways. This question has been posed and pondered for thousands of years, dating back to the pages of the Old Testament.  It has led some to question […]

You Asked For It: Week 2 – Resources

Start the Discussion: Click here for printable message notes. Click here for printable message discussion questions. Click here for printable LIO Bible Study. Click here for the discussion video and unpack what it means to live out the message principles during the week.