by Regina Franklin on March 5th, 2014 | 3 responses
April 2013 marked a milestone birthday for me. To celebrate, we took a long trip to my college “stomping grounds.” Numerous tollbooths, scenic beach views, and city excursions marked our unforgettable vacation. The highlight for my husband and me, though, was a little unexpected: it was that our... read more »
you choose Q: what does it mean for the elders to administer the Lord’s Supper?
by an odj community member on March 4th, 2014 | 2 responses
Q: In the Westminster Confession of Faith it states that the sacraments are to be administered by ordained ministers. Elders are to shepherd, govern and protect. I’ve been thinking a lot about this in terms of the Lord’s Supper. But what does it mean for the elders to administer the Lord’s... read more »
March 3, 2014
by Today's Conversation on March 3rd, 2014 | 5 responses
What are some of the biggest issues the church is facing today? ... read more »
by Poh Fang chia on February 22nd, 2014 | 2 responses
Recently, I watched the making of a popular Korean TV drama. I’ve been a fan of the show, but the behind-the-scene experience brought my appreciation to a new level. I learned that a successful program requires more than just a talented screenwriter. She needs the actors and actresses to bring the... read more »
encourage one another . . .
by an odj community member on January 10th, 2014 | 3 responses
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by Tom Felten on December 6th, 2013 | 3 responses
Recently, I was talking with a friend who has been scarred by sin—things done to him by others. The effects linger, even though the actions occurred long ago. He was struggling, trying to see beyond the lies that caused him to feel unworthy of God’s grace. He felt powerless and weak, which left... read more »
you choose Q: what advice would you give to a single person who’s feeling lonely at church?
by an odj community member on November 12th, 2013 | one response
Q: What advice would you give a person who is the only single person in her entire church and is feeling left out and lonely? —Lisa A: A single person is popularly defined as “one who is above 30 and unmarried.” I would prefer to see a single as “any person who is not in a marital... read more »
you choose Q: do Gentiles who receive salvation become spiritual Jews?
by an odj community member on November 6th, 2013 | one response
Q: Is it correct to say that all Gentiles who receive [salvation] are spiritual Jews? —Elaine A: Gentile Christians don’t become “spiritual Jews.” The term “Jew” or “Jewish” is a cultural/ethnic term, not a spiritual one. Although some Jews are spiritually the “seed of... read more »
by Regina Franklin on October 22nd, 2013 | 2 responses
Because we had moved before, I didn’t consider it unusual when my dad decided to find another position and relocate us to a new city. Just 12 years old, I hated leaving the friends and life I knew, but I accepted the idea that God was calling us to something new. I didn’t know the real reason... read more »
you choose Q: did the Gentiles become Jews?
by an odj community member on October 18th, 2013 | one response
Q: Did the Gentiles become Jews? —Cassandra A: Israel is the name God gave Jacob on the night he wrestled with the angel (Genesis 32:28). His sons, along with the 12 tribes that descended from them, inherited the name. Although Israel always accepted proselytes, it was at first largely made up... read more »