A Response to Charlottesville Voilence
The change we need will take more than words. The president of our church’s denomination, Converge, suggests four responses. I grew up in Virginia. Specifically, I grew up in the western part, the Shenandoah Valley, where I lived the first 24 years of my life. The area is stunningly picturesque, particularly in October, when the…
Galactic Starveyors: Reflections on God’s Work
We had an incredible week at Galactic Starveyors Vacation Bible School this year! Our staff was made up of over 80 people, including adults and the Student Leadership Team working together for the joy of Jesus. We had an average of 122 children attend throughout the week (July 17-21), searching the visible to discover the…
Humbling Gratitude
The very day after the Dependence Day Cookout at NSCBC, I was in downtown Beverly crossing Cabot Street headed for the Dollar Store to purchase a bin to hold this recent event’s odds and ends. As I crossed the street, I heard a very gravelly voice holler in my direction from a store stoop. I…
Member prepares to give legal advice to vulnerable neighbors
Last month Outreach Ministries Fund covered the cost to send two volunteers through a 40-hour Basic Immigration Law Course put on by World Relief at Gordon College, including NSCBC’s very own Russ Bjork. This was an important part of helping Open Door Immigration Services (ODIS) open its doors in Salem. Established by Highrock Church members,…
Inspiring the World with the Story of the Gospel
People have been telling the gospel story for millennia. It’s a source of great inspiration: artists, authors, and builders in every generation retell this simple yet deeply complex message of unending love and self-sacrifice in fresh ways to new ears. Since the start of 2017, the Outreach Ministries Fund of NSCBC has supported some exciting…
On Mission: Africa to the North Shore
One of the greatest challenges Christians have is to give the Bible’s answers to the questions people are asking, in language they can understand, with arguments they can feel the weight of (Tim Keller, Center Church, 89). In order to faithfully answer the questions our friends and loved ones are asking, we must learn about…
Hurricane Relief in Haiti
In early October, Hurricane Matthew blew through the Caribbean, leaving devastation in Haiti and major damage in Cuba. The event was called the “largest humanitarian event” in Haiti since the 2010 earthquake. (Learn more) NSCBC member and elder Mark Fitzgerald is responding with his foundation, Project Espwa. Since founding Project Espwa in 2010, Mark continues…
Being Missional at Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving is a time of year when we can invite others into our homes and share a bit of our lives. It’s a great opportunity to talk about God’s faithfulness and goodness in your life over the last year. Check out this article from Verge for some additional ideas for how to be looking outward during…