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Advent, Week 1: Waiting Well

Advent, Week 1: Waiting Well

When I was a high school sophomore, a day came when, abruptly, my dad was no longer employed. We didn’t see this coming. Despite a painstaking search and scores of resumes sent out, weeks of unemployment turned into months. A shared, quiet undercurrent of anxiety ran...
Q&R with Pastor Luke Uran: Behold the King

Q&R with Pastor Luke Uran: Behold the King

In this series, you and Pastor Josh are going to start by talking about three Old Testament kings. What’s the connection with Advent? As I was praying about it, one of the things that kept coming to mind was the kingship of Jesus. The precursors to Jesus’ kingship...
To lay down your life

To lay down your life

Veterans Day makes me think about my grandpa’s faded bald eagle tattoo on his shoulder and the crisp flag waving in his front yard. I picture the antique uniforms, helmets and sepia-toned photos of his father and his father’s father that decorate his house. I think...
A Mighty Fortress

A Mighty Fortress

On Oct. 31, 1517, in Wittenburg, Germany, an angry monk posted a long list of objections to teachings and practices of the Roman Catholic Church. Whether Martin Luther actually nailed those 95 Theses to the church door is open to debate, but his action launched the...
Eight reasons not to tithe

Eight reasons not to tithe

Years ago, as parents of three college-age persons, my wife and I would perform an early-year ritual. We’d file the tax returns, then the FAFSA – the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. This usually showed us exactly how much financial aid our kids...
Q&R with Pastor Luke Uran: Listening

Q&R with Pastor Luke Uran: Listening

In last Sunday’s sermon, you talked about shutting out other noise and listening to the voice of Jesus. Can you suggest some ways to do that? I think there are times when we forget that Jesus is still living and he’s still active. He’s still speaking. One of the...
Jesus, Gentle and Lowly

Jesus, Gentle and Lowly

In Gentle and Lowly: The Heart of Christ for Sinners and Sufferers, author and Naperville pastor Dane Ortlund draws not only from a key passage from the gospels, but also from 17th century Puritan writers whose words still help us see who God is in the person of...
New books for kids and families

New books for kids and families

Among new recommendations for families from First Free Kids Director Kari Heckler are Bibles, family devotional books, storybooks, and science books that could even be used as textbooks for homeschoolers. “I’ve had this on my heart with things being shut down and kids...
Why we sing … what we sing

Why we sing … what we sing

This is an annual conference you’ve both attended before, but what were the themes this year? NF: The main thread was how critical it is for the church to be singing, and singing together. There’s that major aspect of congregational worship that we are called to...