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Dudley's Blog

Diversity in the Church: Christ’s Love for All

One way that Christians can demonstrate their love for Christ is by how they love people—all kinds of people.  Not just those who look like us or speak our language, but also those who come from different social and cultural backgrounds.  According to Ed Stetzer, a Christian pastor and missiologist, diverse churches remain rare.  He said, “Everybody wants diversity, but many don’t want to be around people who are different.” The early Christian churches were…

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Hope for Relationships

Relationships are the building blocks of humanity. They can elicit overwhelming joy, such as the special bond between parent and child or the enduring love between a husband and wife.  However, the breakdown of relationships—seen across the ages and across the world—can cause unbearable devastation. Couples divorce, family members become estranged, siblings fight, and longtime friendships dissolve bitterly. Yet, God has created within every man and woman the desire to form lasting, loving, and meaningful…

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5 Ways to Honor God Today

Revelation chapter 4 describes a remarkable scene in heaven. Twenty-four elders are gathered around the throne room of God, worshiping God and laying their crowns down before Him. They proclaim, “You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being” (Revelation 4:10-11). The Bible says that one day all people will bow down to the…

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What Does God Know?

Many of us have questions about God—who He is, where He is, and what He does. Currently at Shepherd Church, we are in a series studying God’s nature. The series is called “YHWH,” which is the sacred Hebrew name for God, appearing some 6800 times in the Old Testament. (You can view all past sermons in this series here.) One of the things we’ve learned so far is that God is omniscient. The word “omni”…

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