Scott Postma

faith and writing in Las Vegas

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No Man is an Island

Christ's community vs man's island

In 1624 John Donne published the famous poem, “No Man is an Island,” in his book Devotions upon Emergent Occasions. It reads, No man is an island entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part [...]

The Community Utopians Dream Of

Sunset Babylon

When Sir Thomas More’s Utopia hit the shelves in the early 16th century, Erasmus suggested to a friend that if he “wished to see the true source of all political evils,” he should read it. A work clearly inspired by [...]

The Roots of Community

Cornelis van Haarlem Corneliszoon

According to acclaimed Psychologist, Abraham Maslow, our most basic human needs can be boiled down to security, satisfaction, and significance. A reflection on these human needs reveals relationships are at the heart of our identity. But as we’ll see, Scripture affirms this [...]

The Felt Need for Community

humanity's felt need for community

One sunny weekend, a pastor who had been faithful to preach nearly every Sunday of his 30-plus years of ministry found himself out of town and without a place to preach on Sunday. He had attended a conference that ended [...]

9-11: What Christians Must Never Forget

never forget

As you are well aware, today is 9-11. It’s been 13 years since the tragic terrorist attack on America was carried out in NYC, Washington, D.C., and (although it failed to acquire its target) Pennsylvania. Today, all around the country [...]

The Destiny of the Unevangelized

laborers are few

College papers are usually boring (unless you are a geek–like me) and few care to read them. But a recent Facebook Post from a ministry colleague got me thinking about a college paper I wrote a couple of years ago on the controversial topic of [...]

The Real Problems in Ferguson, Missouri

Ferguson, Mo

Until a couple of weeks ago, like me, perhaps you had never even heard of Ferguson, Missouri. Now, we’ve all wearied of the cacophony rising from this tiny St. Louis city. But just because we’re tired of hearing about it [...]

10 Steps to a Better Sermon this Sunday

sermon_prep

The first sermon I ever preached was on a muggy Sunday night in a Baptist Church. My legs shook as much as my voice while I tried to thunder out the horrors of Hell and wax eloquent on the urgency of evangelism. [...]

The Gospel According to Flannery O’Connor

Flannery O'Connor Self-portriat

Bring up the doctrines of grace and you’ll get Christians stirred up faster than a fox in a hen house. You’ll have them flapping around cackling Scripture back and forth at each other until hurt feelings fly like feathers. Probably, these [...]

Five Keys to Understanding Revelation

apocalypse

Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins sold more than 65 million copies from their 16-volume Left Behind series. Seven of their titles reached #1 on the New York Times, USA Today, and Publishers Weekly’s bestseller list. And, in October of 2014,  there’s a movie [...]