Dr. Steve Bezner (Page 3)

Senior Pastor

When It All Explodes: Responding to Orlando

Almost every hot topic of our age boiled over with the terrifying and tragic mass shooting in Orlando, leaving 49 dead and 53 wounded. LGBT rights, terrorism, gun control, and radical Islam all came together in a deadly cocktail, and the political rhetoric has been officially dialed to record levels. Incidents like this happen with increasingly frequency in our nation, so how ought…

Hostility vs. Reconciliation

I love baseball. And, since my childhood, I’ve loved the Texas Rangers. (I know, I know.) Last October the Rangers were ousted from the playoffs by the Toronto Blue Jays. One of the premier Blue Jays, Jose Bautista, jacked a home run during that game and defiantly threw his bat as the ball left the field. And Rangers fans did not like…

The Idea That Changed The World

Grace, she takes the blame She covers the shame Removes the stain It could be her name —U2, “Grace” Christians are not unifying people. Clarification: people who are not Christians do not perceive Christians to be unifying people. Granted, Christians would like to be seen as such. But, empirically speaking, the behaviors and cultural stances…

Why Does Baptism Matter?

A few weeks ago we had our first baptism service of 2015. We had a great time as we baptized 21 people in our worship services. I loved seeing the smiles and tears, hearing the stories of changed lives, and seeing our congregation clap and hoot for those who had decided to follow Jesus in obedience. We plan to do another baptism…

Fasting

We are entering into a season of prayer and fasting for our city. We are taking our inspiration from Jeremiah 29:7: “But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the Lord on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare.” We want to seek the welfare…

Pets and Heaven

Today’s “Heaven Matters” question: Will my pet be in Heaven? Let’s begin by looking at the larger question: Will there be animals in Heaven. I’m very comfortable saying, “Yes,” to that question based on several passages of Scripture. First, we know that God loves creation and that He lovingly made it. He chose to make…

Heaven and Cremation

Question: Does the Bible say anything about whether a Christian should be cremated? Is it better to be buried? Or does it matter? Answer: In the ancient world, most burial practices were guided by the faith tradition of the individual who died. As Timothy George, Dean of Beeson Divinity School, says, “The ancient world knew…