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by Mike Dente - 2 weeks ago

Gospel-Based Differentiated Unity

I recently went on a missions trip to help out near the Ukrainian border of Poland. Though brief, my experience was life-enriching. It also brought to light something I have noticed for a while in Christian ministry. Recently much has been said denouncing tribalism that siphons the Spirit out of a potentially significant moment. I would like to explore that topic from another angle. While on that ministry trip, I ...

by Mike Dente - 3 months ago

Five Reasons for Community in 2022

Just when people started coming back to church… Omicron. How many more Greek letters will we go through? As a pastor of a local Church, I’m concerned about the social implications on fellowship. Since the beginning of the pandemic, through technology, we can be close while keeping our distances. If we miss the worship service, we can fill our homes with an atmosphere of positivity by streaming albums or videos pro...

by Mike Dente - 5 months ago

Take Courage: A Meditation on Acts 23:11

Ever finished a project and thought: Is that it? The result just did not compare to the excitement that first inspired action. This is especially true if years of faithfulness, study, and prayer enabled the vision to become reality, but it was not quite what was expected. This kind of disappointment can lead to introspection. Disappointment That Leads to Soul-Searching I can think of a few ex...

by Mike Dente - 1 year ago

Christmas Truce: The Day World War I Stopped

There are acts of unplanned kindness that break through the humdrum of daily existence and shine a new sense of light. Infused with grace, these unexpected gifts have the power to change the course of someone’s day or even become a life moment, an example for generations to come. One such event, described in a BBC documentary1 by those who lived through it, had the power to potentially stop W...

by Mike Dente - 1 year ago

Rouault and the Masks We Wear

From time to time, a work of art can touch our soul. It examines us and provides a filter like a camera’s focused perspective. In this way, art captures a feeling or a truth, and makes it more relevant to our existence, as it invades our imagination. That’s the effect Georges Rouault’s paintings had on me when I discovered them. Who is this artist? How does his work speak today? First, I would like to present the ...

by Mike Dente - 2 years ago

God’s Goodness in the Midst of COVID

Monday, May 11, began a new chapter in France's struggle with the Coronavirus. The time of confinement is transitioning into renewed activity. Many people are excited to get back to work, some are worried this might be too soon, still, others are buried under a mountain of responsibility and work. Though the sun is shining, the birds are singing the song of spring; hospitals are still treating new cases in vertig...

by Mike Dente - 2 years ago

Contextualizing the Gospel: An Example Set by Jesus

In my last article, I wrote about how contextualization was not about the church becoming more worldly. We looked back at the creational mandate for how God calls us as born again believers to speak His Word to a fallen world. Our goal is not to absorb the culture but to influence culture with the Word of God. Though His Word is unc...

by Mike Dente - 2 years ago

A Thanksgiving of Firsts: How Can I Be Hopeful Right Now?

When my wife and I set off to serve at Calvary Chapel Nice back in May 1997, we carried most of what we owned in a few overstuffed suitcases halfway across the world. Those were the glory days of lenient baggage allowances and quick access to departure gates. In one of our suitcases, too heavy to lug up a staircase by myself, was a book I still keep and flip through from time to time—The Light and the Glory...

by Mike Dente - 2 years ago

Relevance, Worldliness, and Contextualizing the Gospel

Contextualization or relevance? Are they the same thing, or is there really a difference? Theologically speaking, there is, but they aren’t in opposition. Maybe they’re like cousins, close like family but not quite siblings. For example, I can contextualize the Gospel without being young or cool, although I might not be relevant (at least in appearance) to a younger generation. The opposite is also true. Someone c...

by Mike Dente - 2 years ago

The 75th Anniversary of D-Day

Thursday, June 6, 2019, marks the 75th anniversary of the D-day invasion of France by American and Allied forces. The upper Normandy region has doubled in population this week. It’s impossible to find a hotel, difficult to lock down an Airbnb, the main highway, the N13 that links Cherbourg to Caen is closed to allow the passage of the world leaders who have come to remember. In fact, it’s more accurate ...