Joel Hess - 1517 The Legacy Project

1517. The Legacy Project

1517 The Legacy Project serves churches and the world by providing a safe place for those broken by the church, supplying theological resources to strengthen congregations, and modeling ways of engaging the culture in a manner that is thoughtful, courageous, and Christ-centered.

Fight Club Faith

The fantastic book “Fight Club” by Chuck Palahniuk surreally explores the desire of modern American males to feel something, anything. The book is an adult version of The Velveteen Rabbit. It begins with the protagonist going to a testicular cancer support group in order to cure his insomnia. As he says, “when you have insomnia […]

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Anything Else You Worship Will Eat You Alive

“Because here’s something else that’s weird but true: in the day-to-day trenches of adult life, there is actually no such thing as atheism. There is no such thing as not worshipping. Everybody worships. The only choice we get is what to worship. And the compelling reason for maybe choosing some sort of god or spiritual-type […]

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Lost at Home

Everyone enjoys Jesus’ parable commonly called, ‘The Prodigal Son.’ For some time in church history Christians focused on the youngest son. Many commentators still today choose to title the parable ‘The Prodigal Son.’ At first glance the parable does seem to revolve around this youngest son. He appears to be the most doomed and therefore […]

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What Does It Mean When Jesus Says, “I Am The Way”?

Thomas said to him, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?” Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life.” — John 14:5-6 What is the way? Despite Jesus simple answer, Christians have been asking Thomas’ question for centuries. They also have been answering […]

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The Fruit of a Culture That Worships Individualism: Loneliness

The pop philosophy of our culture has drifted, well free jumped, into an individualism that not even Nietzsche could have hoped for. The guilty parties may not just be the usual suspects; those sinister European existentialists. Surely the red-blooded American dream that includes God and all that, is just as much to blame. After all, […]

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Through His Church, Christ’s Story is Your Story

A good book draws you in the story. This mesmerizing effect especially applies to works of sci-fi and fantasy. The Harry Potter series wonderfully transported the reader to Harry’s side as he walked the halls of Hogwarts, fought Voldemort and fell in love with Ron’s sister. Yet after the last page was turned the spell […]

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The Church is not a Hospital for Sinners, It’s a Morgue for the Dead

“Church is not a museum for saints, its a hospital for sinners.” This phrase or something like it has been bandied about for years in order to keep Christians clear on what they should expect as members of Christ’s church. Scriptural support for such a statement comes from Jesus’ words to the Pharisees in Mark […]

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Where Is Jesus?

For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger. Do you remember the children’s book series, Where’s Waldo? They weren’t really books. They were just gigantic busy cartoons. The author […]

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Spending Advent in God’s Winter Garden

“The wilderness and the dry land shall be glad; the desert shall rejoice and blossom like the crocus; it shall blossom abundantly and rejoice with joy and singing.” —Isaiah 35:1-2 Winter has advented again in Michigan. The once green and abundant farmlands have disappeared leaving dead crusty earth with desolate looking yellow stalks poking out here and […]

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