I Really Don’t Like My Therapist

“Alright, that’s enough for today,” is a phrase that I have never uttered to my therapist until today, especially with no chance of getting a refund for the 20 minutes left on the clock. Truth be told, I would have gladly paid full price to miss this whole session. I...

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Peace, Peace where there is no Peace.

Peace, Peace where there is no Peace. This weekend I heard a provocative sermon by the Dean of Houghton College Chapel, Michael Jordan, who invoked the idea of the hypocrisy of saying peace, peace where there is no peace. Jeremiah 6 says, “13 “From the least to the greatest, all...

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Around The Table- The O’Toole’s

One of our tenants of Cornerstone is a desire to be relational in all that we do. One way we are seeking to achieve this is through intentional meals together. We kicked off a new time of fellowship called “Around the Table” which will feature meals together at each other’s...

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The Prodigal Son and Capitalism

I have been seeing a lot of “yay capitalism, and boo socialism,” from Christians lately and I find it really puzzling. Am I missing something? Why do Christian…s feel the need to shill for capitalism? Does the Bible explicitly instruct us to create free markets? Did Adam Smith write a...

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God is Moving, come join us!

There is a beautiful thing happening at Cornerstone/Plymouth Bethesda that is the realization of a vision, really more a dream, that has been incubating for more than a decade.  The dream of an upside-down place where the last are first and the first are last, where the weak can be...

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Guns and God

I have been thinking a lot about Christians and the Second Amendment. I know, in the immortal words of Samuel L. Jackson in Jurassic Park, “hold on to your butts.” In my tradition, the big E., it is often argued that the Second Amendment, much like the Ten Commandments was...

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Mrs. Beigel

So most of you are probably asking, who is Mrs. Beigel? A little background to our situation. My wife, our three kids, two dogs, and bunny currently live with my mother-in-law, father-in-law, and brother-in-law as we sold our house and are working on finding a new place. Oh and we...

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Childness Welcome

When I was a child, I used to speak like a child, think like a child, reason like a child,; when I became a man I put away childish things”  I Cor. 13:11   I have heard this verse used as a club against children. All things child are supposed...

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Nobody Limps Anymore

There is a story in the book of Genesis about Jacob, the son of Isaac, a conniver, manipulator and all around usurper.   Jacob could have definitely been a captain of industry or a king of Wall Street with his Machiavellian instincts for sticking it to other people for his own...

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