Author Archives: Matthew Hoskinson

A Word about Compassion

There is a way to read this passage that will send you to hell—not just the place of eternal punishment that our confession of faith speaks of, but a life of hell here on earth. This misreading of today’s text … Continue reading

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John Hus

The year 2017 marks the five hundredth anniversary of one of the most significant events in church history: Martin Luther’s posting of his Ninety-Five Theses on the door of Wittenberg Chapel. His action ignited such a revolution, not just in … Continue reading

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A Word about Fruitfulness

In Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, the title character stumbles upon a fascinating object, the Mirror of Erised. Professor Dumbledore informs him that it tells neither the present, nor the future, nor the past. Instead it reveals “the deepest, … Continue reading

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This Weekend at First (1/27/17)

Here’s a preview of what’s ahead for our church family this weekend. Name Tags During the month of January, you’ll notice tables set up around the building where you can fill out a name tag to wear during the service. … Continue reading

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A Word about Forgiveness

We began a series last week called Transformative Stories. These are the stories, the parables, that Jesus told as recorded in the gospel of Luke. These parables were told at a historical point in time and resulted from specific situations. … Continue reading

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