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WandaVision's Power was in the Human, not the Superhuman

By Timothy R. Butler | Mar 13, 2021 at 6:19 PM

What is grief, but love persevering? Disney+’s WandaVision is one of the best series I can recall gracing the small screen in decades and that question posed by the Vision (Paul Bettany) captures so much about what allows the show to be profound beyond the strictures of either of its roots: classic sitcoms and Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Your Hell Is Too Small: Reflections on a Public Death

By Jason Kettinger | Feb 28, 2021 at 2:58 PM

I read Mr. Butler’s piece with great interest, because he’s a great friend, and I know that he’s a touch more conservative than I am politically. If I’m honest, when Rush Limbaugh died, I thought, “good riddance,” and I caught myself.

An Ash Wednesday Reflection on Life and Rush Limbaugh

By Timothy R. Butler | Feb 17, 2021 at 11:10 PM

Today brought news that the legendary radio host and provocateur Rush Limbaugh had died. Almost immediately after the announcement, phrases we will not print on the pages of OFB trended on social media as many gleefully celebrated a man’s death. A shocking number wished Rush an eternity in Hell. What has happened to us?

Lessons from "the Worst Hollywood Chris" and His Friends

By Timothy R. Butler | Oct 24, 2020 at 9:07 PM

I do not spend a lot of time reading the buzz about celebrities. I made an exception this week as the social media tempest highlighted (in spite of itself) something important as it raged against Chris Pratt. The controversy is a good reminder about how we should treat others in two different ways we desperately need right now.

Steadfast: We are Eyewitnesses

By Timothy R. Butler | Aug 03, 2020 at 6:00 PM

Pastor Tim turns back to 2 Peter to wrap up the series “Growing” by looking at the hope we have as we look towards God’s promises being fulfilled in the future.

Steadfast: We are Eyewitnesses

By Timothy R. Butler | Jul 27, 2020 at 7:30 PM

Feeling a bit stressed as the week starts? In our weekly Monday night Scriptural encouragement, Pastor Tim turns to 2 Peter for a reflection on God’s acting in history. If God has acted in history in the past, we can have confidence he continues to do so with the things we are presently facing.

Reformation and Unity

By Timothy R. Butler | Oct 31, 2012 at 8:06 PM

On Sunday, as I led the church I serve at in prayer, the prayer naturally related to the Reformation. Four hundred and ninety five years ago today, a monk and professor by the name of Martin Luther nailed a list of issues he had with the church up on his local church door and — unbeknownst to him at the time — unleashed what we now call the Reformation. As a Protestant, I view the Reformation as a good thing, yet I also prayed a prayer for unity in the church.

Easter 2012: Missing the Call

By Timothy R. Butler | Apr 09, 2012 at 3:24 PM

Have you ever had the experience where you had a conversation that seemed relatively ordinary until after the fact? Most of us have experienced this sort of retroactively meaning in our lives. Life would be different now, because what was normal ended.

The So-Called "Feminization of the Church" is Not the Problem for Men

By Amy Petery | Feb 07, 2012 at 7:20 AM

Droves of male students were flocking to a meeting on campus during my first year in seminary. I do not remember what it was called, but it had to do with why there aren’t more men in churches. I walked alongside one male friend who was all pumped up about the event; he was commenting about “effeminate” churches.

Christmas Day: On Joy and Sorrow

By Timothy R. Butler | Dec 25, 2011 at 8:04 AM

Here we find ourselves on Christmas day yet again. This year the meteorologists have forecast the weather in St. Louis at 50 degrees for later today – less than ideal for any dreams of a white Christmas, though certainly closer to what one might find in Bethlehem. Christmas is here, but with the warmth of much of this December, it almost feels delayed.

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