The Insanity of Our Discontent

by Mike Phay Albert Einstein is famously quoted as saying, “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.” I propose a new definition, with the help of 17th century English Puritan Jeremiah Burroughs, from his classic The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment: “What is it that satisfies […]

Known By Love: Taking Covenants Seriously

by Mike Phay If you are a Christian with even a modicum of exposure to those outside of the faith, you have probably experienced being labeled as a hypocrite. The bite of this accusation, though stemming from a perceived inconsistency between our words and our lives, is rooted in the repeated failure of believers to […]

Two Ways Forward

This is Part 4 of a 4-part discussion about how pastors can move forward in a society that has legally redefined marriage.  The particular issue at hand is the signing of state-issued marriage certificates.*  The full article can be found here. A Way Forward for those Refusing to Sign So what would it look like for […]

Retaining a Cultural Voice

This is Part 3 of a 4-part discussion about how pastors can move forward in a society that has legally redefined marriage.  The particular issue at hand is the signing of state-issued marriage certificates.*  The full article can be found here. Retaining a Cultural Voice: Clergy should continue signing state-issued marriage certificates. The reasoning for this side […]