CULTURE

February 23, 2019

I love my church. It is by no means perfect, but man it is such a blessing to me and the city. I love each person and their unique contributions to the body that make the church so beautiful. I know you don’t know the people that I will name here shortly, but what I wa...

February 2, 2019

Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord, nor of me his prisoner, but share in suffering for the gospel by the power of God, who saved us and called us to a holy calling, not because of our works but because of his own purpose and grace, which he gav...

December 29, 2018

Blogs about New Year’s Resolutions are super trendy. Like, if you have a blog and you don’t have a resolution post, do you even blog? The most popular are the ones that are list format with subtitles in bold so you don’t actually have to read the article. Just this mor...

December 22, 2018

What are you planning to do on Christmas Day? Your calendar may say, “Go to Grandma’s house” but that really doesn’t represent the specific plans that you have or maybe you don’t have specific plans, only a general estimation of how the day turns out.

There are a lot of...

December 13, 2018

Isaiah 9:6 (ESV)

For to us a child is born,

to us a son is given;

and the government shall be upon[d] his shoulder,

and his name shall be called

Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,

Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

This verse fills me with wonder and hope. It is fascinating t...

December 6, 2018

I turned on a cheesy Christmas movie last week. I love all things Christmas and I was alone, so I could pick whatever I wanted. You can pretend all you want that you don’t like Hallmark type Christmas movies, but I would bet you money that if you walked into a room wit...

December 2, 2018

I am absolutely in love with the advent season. In fact, others have found my extreme devotion and commitment to the Christmas season annoying at times (probably due to me starting up Christmas music right after Halloween). Part of me knows it's because I’m a sucker fo...

November 25, 2018

In October of 1621, ninety Native Americans and fifty-five Pilgrims gathered for a three-day harvest celebration to which we have come to know it as “the first thanksgiving”. As children we would make pilgrim hats and feather head bands and reenact this meeting as such...

November 19, 2018

Growing up in the Catholic tradition, you would assume that I had always had a rich view of baptism and communion.

Well, I didn’t.


I would later have a strong disdain for most of Christianity. All the knowledge I had of it was based on practices I didn’t understand. P...

October 28, 2018

*Ryan J. Pelton is a writer and pastor in the Kansas City area. Follow his blog here

In 2009, my family moved to urban Kansas City to plant a church. We came with a handful of money, big faith, and no contacts. Not the dream scenario for planting gospel roots in the s...

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