September 2019 Congregationalist Magazine, Galatians 6:2, Pastor Surber

I’m excited about my article in the September 2019 issue of The Congregationalist Magazine. (Pages 25,27 – this is a screenshot image. follow the link below to download the .PDF magazine) There are some other great articles worth reading. Notice the smiling face of Kim Quint, who went with Christina, the kids, and me to Haiti, alongContinue reading “September 2019 Congregationalist Magazine, Galatians 6:2, Pastor Surber”

Come Home to Grace, Sermon August 25, 2019, Rev.Dr. Chris Surber

“The Unveiling of Deity,” John 3:12-17 The Experiment of Faith Introduction For years, I have been telling people that Haitian Creole is rooted in French and that many of the words are just slightly altered French. I have said that to a number of French speakers and then had them report to us how baffledContinue reading “Come Home to Grace, Sermon August 25, 2019, Rev.Dr. Chris Surber”

Critical Thinking

Critical thinking isn’t the tool of the judgemental Pharisee, the hypocritical know-it-all, or the despondent postmodern man that has lost his faith in the transcendent divine. Critical thinking isn’t that kind of criticism. Tearing down. Dismantling simply for the sake of something being historic or classic. Critical thinking means to carefully analyze the evidence, theContinue reading “Critical Thinking”

Reinhold Niebuhr and Faith Applied in the Real World.

I recently ran across Mayflower Baptist Church, formerly Bethel Evangelical Church, where Reinhold Niebuhr was Pastor in the early 1900’s for 15 years before leaving Detroit in 1928 to Teach at Union Seminary in New York for 30 years. From New York he had his most fruitful and productive years commenting on politics and societyContinue reading “Reinhold Niebuhr and Faith Applied in the Real World.”

The Bible is our Lighthouse.

In the modern age we find ourselves adrift psychologically, philosophically, and spiritually. When each man is his own guide, he has a fool as his leader. How can we navigate the complexities of post-modernity apart from a lighthouse calling us safely home to the shores of sanity? To find safety from the storm of ideasContinue reading “The Bible is our Lighthouse.”

What Is Preaching?

  “What Preaching Is,” I Corinthians 2:1-5 The Experiment of Faith  Introduction Occasionally we need sermons about sermons; preaching about preaching and what to do with it! What is the purpose of preaching? What constitutes a “good” sermon? Is it one that stirs the heart? Arouses the intellect? Challenges the audience to be more Christ-like?Continue reading “What Is Preaching?”

Sermons about Sermons

Occasionally we need sermons about the purpose of sermons; preaching about preaching and what to do with it! What is the purpose of preaching? If the preacher doesn’t know,surely the people in the pew won’t know. What constitutes a “good” sermon? Is it one that stirs the heart? Arouses the intellect? Challenges the audience toContinue reading “Sermons about Sermons”

One in the Carton

The following article was originally published at Body Mind Spirit Guide, a freely distributed publication in Detroit. It was published online on July 9, 2019.  (https://bodymindspiritguide.com/2019/07/09/one-egg-in-the-carton/) By Dr. Chris Surber The recipe called for just one egg. “No problem!” I thought. I had noticed a full carton of locally farmed eggs in the refrigerator earlierContinue reading “One in the Carton”