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The God Of The Missional Church Is Too Small

“Missional” is one of those newer words used in theological circles. Depending on who uses it, it can have vastly different meanings. What does it mean to be “missional”? And should we embrace it? “Missional” #1 One definition of the “missional church” is the assumption that all Christians should be involved in the Great Commission […]

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Your Systematic Theology Is Showing

They say everyone’s a critic. Well, everyone’s a theologian, too. Even in our increasingly secular, post-Christian world, theology is inescapable. You see, every worldview has theological implications. For example, atheism is the theological view that God does not exist. Secularism is the theological attempt to separate religion from everyday life. Postmodernism is the theological idea […]

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An Open Letter To The Church Of Christ

Dear church of Christ, I’ve been part of you for most of my life now. What drew me to you was everything the Bible says about you, and what Christ gave up in order to have you. You see – in a way I don’t fully understand – in some sense Christ gave up His equality […]

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Why Do People Interpret The Bible Differently?

One man is a member of this church because of this Biblical reason, another is a member of that church because of that Biblical reason. One man believes or practices this, another believes or practices that. Why do so many people study the same New Testament, but draw different conclusions? Concerning interpreting the Bible, G.H. […]

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Follow Your Heart, Or Follow God?

“Follow your heart” is the unspoken motto today, even in some popular religious circles. Rob Bell says, “Your job is the relentless pursuit of who God made you to be” (114). Bell makes it sound that self-realization is all God primarily cares about, and that somehow God will somehow mysteriously lead you to happiness by […]

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Book Review – Young, Restless, No Longer Reformed

Many today are attracted to reformed theology – that is, theology that follows the traditions and practices of John Calvin and other protestant theologians during the Reformation era. Today, the major players in reformed theological circles include names like John MacArthur, D.A. Carson, R.C. Sproul, John Piper, J.I. Packer, Albert Mohler, and Mark Dever, to […]

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Millennials, Let’s Get Over Ourselves

“A generation goes, and a generation comes, but the earth remains forever” (Ecc. 1:3). One article reads, “What Can the Church do to Keep Millennials?” Another writer cries, “We are losing Millennials left and right!” Millennials! Millennials! We must pander to the Millennials! Listen, I’m a Millennial and I’m just about tired of hearing about […]

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Why So Many Are Jumping On The Gay “Marriage” Bandwagon Today

Not long ago in our nation’s history, homosexuality was taboo. People commonly looked at homosexual behavior with disgust. Laws were enacted to outlaw various actions attributed to same-sex attraction. But now culture has very rapidly performed a 180-degree shift. A majority of Americans – particularly younger Americans – now approve of homosexual practice [1][2]. What happened? […]

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Why I Love A Cappella Music In Worship

“Aren’t you the people who don’t have music?” Yep, that’s us. Mere Christians. Except we really do have music – and we love music. When it comes to our worship, however, we just don’t use man-made instruments to accompany our music. We simply use the strings (psallo) of the heart: our voices. People who walk […]

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The Evil Of Gluttony (And Why You Might Not Be Guilty Of It)

The “gluttony” card gets played a lot these days. We’ve all heard, “You don’t criticize gluttony enough;” “Gluttony is the most celebrated sin in the church today, especially during high-calorie-count fellowship meals;” “Everyone takes the Bible literally until the subject of gluttony comes up;” “Why do you condemn homosexuality, but not gluttony?” We should take […]

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Ben Thinkin’ #6: Denominational Baptism, Job’s Wife, How To Prepare Fish

[The Ben Thinkin’ series is a venue for answering questions my readers have submitted. I answer several questions in each post. If you would like to submit questions for future Ben Thinkin’ posts, please leave them in a comment at the end of the article or email them to ben@plainsimplefaith.com.] Kristy asks, “Do you believe baptism within/by a denominational […]

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