William Knelsen

Category: Culture

Being a Source of Peace and Stability

Boat in Storm

We are in a time of opportunity. In the midst of uncertainty, it may be easy to just shut down and wait for the storm to pass. But this is not the example set by Jesus. In the midst of the storm, Jesus calmed the storm. This is our call. To be calmers of the […]

We All Need Community, Offline

Community Online and in Person

I value the relationships I have developed online. One of the great benefits of online social media is finding people who have similar interests or passions. Chances are, you would never meet these people if it weren’t for the internet. I also value the relationships I have developed with people in the various communities I […]

Trey Pearson and Sexual Orientation as Identity

I’m responding to an article posted on the 614columbus website about Trey Pearson, a musician in the Christian Rock band Everyday Sunday. The article is focused on Trey’s recent coming out as gay. The entire article is incredibly helpful and insightful to me. It reveals the struggles of someone who has lived with same-sex attraction as a […]

When Madonna and the Church have the Same Message

Do Madonna and the church offer the same message of hope? Living for Love These are the opening lyrics and the chorus for a song by Madonna titled “Living for Love” that hit #1 on music charts in 41 countries this week: First you love me and I let you in Made me feel like […]

Professionally Holy

“You probably won’t like this, but I work at a liquor store.” I had asked this gentleman what he does for a living after just telling him that I was recently hired as a pastor. My first experience being stereotyped as a pastor. I have to admit, I didn’t like it. I recently read an […]

Andy Crouch and Culture Making

I plan on writing a review of Culture Making once I’m done reading it, but I wanted to write an article on one of Andy Crouch’s points because I think it’s worth emphasizing. He makes the statement that “real culture making… begins with a decision about which cultural world… we will attempt to make something of.”1 Most […]

Above and Beyond

Jesus looked up and saw the rich putting their gifts into the offering box,and he saw a poor widow put in two small copper coins. And he said, ‘Truly, I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all of them. For they all contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live […]

Christian Hypocrites

It is a common Christian stereotype, and it is what often keeps people out of the church. There was a fairly large study conducted not long ago, which was published in a book called unChristian. In it, there is a 25 page chapter dedicated to this description of Christians: hypocritical. hypocrisy: “the practice of claiming […]

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