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Author Matt Sapp

The adage, “sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me,” is false. Words can hurt. “The pen is mightier than the sword,” by contrast, is true. Words are mighty and powerful. Words, spoken and written, have a unique power, so we should choose them carefully. Music and art have power […] Read More

There’s been a lot of talk recently about the role of the church in the public square, particularly with respect to the Johnson Amendment. This legislation prohibits churches (as 501(c)(3) organizations) from publicly endorsing or specifically campaigning against candidates for public office. A recent executive order instructed the IRS to overlook the Johnson Amendment when […] Read More

Glacier National Park is one of my favorite places on earth. I’ve never been anywhere where God’s majesty is so clearly on display. And there’s one spot in the park that stands out in my mind – Apgar Lookout. It’s a strenuous hike to get to Apgar Lookout, but the view at the top is […] Read More

NBC’s new game show “The Wall” is troubling. I’ve only seen one episode, but from the very beginning there was something off-putting about the show. I have to admit, though, that it hooked me. I watched until the end, I couldn’t look away, and I’m ashamed. “The Wall” appeals to what’s worst in us, and […] Read More

A new poll out from Pew Research shows that only 17 percent of religiously affiliated Americans have “a great deal of confidence in religious leaders to act in the best interests of the public.” I wouldn’t have been surprised at all if only 17 percent of all Americans viewed religious leaders that way, but to […] Read More

Information overload: You’ve experienced it, I’ve experienced it, and we all know it isn’t healthy. Constant updates. 24/7 cable news. Alerts on our smartphones. Text messages that scream for immediate attention. Endless Pinterest boards. Scrolling through social media newsfeeds. And scrolling. And scrolling. And scrolling. This mindless stimulation has developed our need for constant entertainment. […] Read More

I’ve learned a number of lessons in my time serving as a local church pastor. Here are five of them: 1. Slow and steady wins the race. Our work as Christians is best described as a “long obedience in the same direction,” to quote Eugene Peterson. Our life’s work is just one link in a […] Read More

Water is necessary to life. Forty percent of the world’s population lives within 65 miles of the coast, and 90 percent of us live within 6 miles of a surface source of fresh water. Water is a central element of Scripture, too. In Amos 5:24, justice rolls down like waters. Baptism happens in water. Water […] Read More

When Jesus calls Matthew to be a disciple (Matthew 9:9-13), we’re told that faithful Jews questioned Jesus’ choice because Matthew was a tax collector who hung out with the wrong kind of people. To respond to the questions of the crowd, Jesus appealed to the prophets Hosea and Micah. When a growing consensus of conventional […] Read More

The U.S. is as divided as it’s been in decades. We’re divided politically and culturally. Geographically, we’re becoming increasingly divided into ever more concentrated conservative and liberal pockets. We’re economically divided, too. The richest individuals are getting richer while most Americans struggle – or fail – to keep up. And our richest states and cities […] Read More