Jesus: Passionately Pursue the Kingdom of Heaven

“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.” (Matt. 5:6 ESV) By Stephen W. Hiemstra With the fourth beatitude we move from tension with ourselves to tension with God. Beatitudes four, five, and six speak of God’s righteousness, mercy, and purity—which we can never fully attain. Our tension emanates […]

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McGrath Chronicles the Rise and Fall of Atheism, Part 3

Alister McGrath. 2004. The Twilight of Atheism: The Rise and Fall of Disbelief in the Modern World. New York: DoubleDay. (Goto part 1; goto part 2) Review by Stephen W. Hiemstra Because human beings cannot live without hope, nihilism itself points to God. As Freud himself admits, we were created to worship God!  In effect, atheism […]

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Jesus: Lead Out of Meekness

“For the Lamb in the midst of the throne will be their shepherd, and he will guide them to springs of living water, and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.” (Rev. 7:17 ESV) By Stephen W. Hiemstra Meekness is an aspirational character trait and the mark of a natural leader. Tension arises […]

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Blessed are Those Who Mourn

By Stephen W. Hiemstra Trinity Presbyterian Church, Herndon, Virginia, May 20, 2015 (translated from Spanish) Welcome Welcome to Luncheon for the Soul this afternoon at Trinity Presbyterian Church. My name is Stephen.  I am a volunteer pastor from Centreville Presbyterian Church. Today’s message focuses on the need to take a new attitude about grief.  When we are […]

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Dichosos Los Que Lloran

Por Stephen W. Hiemstra Se presentaba al Almuerzo para el Alma, Miércoles, 20 de Mayo, 2015 Iglesia Presbiteriana de Trinidad, Herndon, Virginia. Bienvenido Bienvenido al Almuerzo para el Alma aquí este tarde a la Iglesia Presbiteriano de Trinidad. Mi nombre es Esteban (o Steve or Stephen o cualquiera otra cosa). Soy un voluntario pastoral de la Iglesia […]

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McGrath Chronicles the Rise and Fall of Atheism, Part 1

Alister McGrath. 2004.  The Twilight of Atheism:  The Rise and Fall of Disbelief in the Modern World.  New York:  DoubleDay. (Goto part 2; goto part 3) Review by Stephen W. Hiemstra Religion is composed of our core beliefs.  Just like every house must begin with a foundation, these core beliefs, hence religion, are not optional—everyone […]

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