BRB: Tough Questions about the Second Coming of Christ Welcome to the landing page for my sermon & blog series: “Be Right Back: Tough Questions about the Second Coming of Christ.”  Everyone has questions about the end of the world. And so, the goal here is to give you additional resources to help you navigate…

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Last week was a proud moment – and I wanted to post a short clip of it (see below). After church got out, Carolyn and I joined a few hundred pastors outside the Hennepin County Courthouse to pray over the upcoming trials related to George Floyd. Many of you know that our Minneapolis campus is…

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At Substance, we’ve been doing an End Times sermon series called: “BRB: Tough Questions about the Second Return of Christ.” And in case you didn’t know, the academic word for this is called: Eschatology (pronounced, Es-ka’TOL-ogy). Thus, if someone writes a book about the end of the world, the book of Revelation, or God’s final plan for modern Israel,…

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Did Christ Really Descend into Hell? Over the years, I’ve been asked this question a lot. If you grew up in a good Catholic or Lutheran church, chances are you were forced to memorize the Apostles Creed, which says: “[Christ] was crucified, died and was buried,” followed by the statement: “he descended into hell.” Now,…

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Last year revealed all sorts of silliness:  We all imagined our hearts to be full of faith instead of fear. We all imagined that we trusted in prayer more than politics; yet, circumstances always reveal what we actually trust in (eg., money, politics, health-care, job-security). As Jesus puts it, “Out of the abundance of the heart, the…

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