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Stop Wishing for “the Good Old Days” of the Church

Sometimes I hear people talk about the “glory days” of the church. They typically don’t call it that, but that’s how it comes across to me. It goes something like this. At some point, typically around the 1950’s & 1960’s, the church was booming. Churches of Christ were recognized (among people who get into statistics […]

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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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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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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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Keep Those Visitors Coming Back (Part 2)

Everyone is looking for something, which is why your church has visitors. Some are looking for a place that has a strong youth program for their kids. Others are looking for hand-outs or financial assistance. Some are looking for counseling or emotional support. Others are looking to satisfy a pricked conscience since they have been […]

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Keep Those Visitors Coming Back (Part 1)

Fact: Your church will have visitors who never come back. Some will leave after settling their mere curiosity about what you’re all about. Some will leave because what you teach “just isn’t for them.” Some will leave because they were just passing through town on the way to their timeshare in Timbuktu. And some will […]

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Stuff I Like (12/11/14)

It Doesn’t Really Matter What I Think About Fourth Avenue Important points to be made from the recent announcement by the 4th Avenue Church “of Christ” to hire a female preaching intern. The Main Issue Is Not Women’s Role (Or Instrumental Music Or…) Regarding 4th Avenue, again, another timely article by Adam Faughn. The Role […]

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Why I Love The Church Of Christ

If you are able to attend a worship service of the church of Christ next Sunday, you probably wouldn’t see anything too fancy. The simple worship you will witness will probably fall short of the much more entertaining services of large denominational or ‘community’ churches. The methods you will see will probably not reflect the latest […]

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How To Convert Unconverted Christians

There’s a saying I’ve grown up hearing: “The most difficult part of ministry is not converting non-Christians; rather, the most difficult part of ministry is converting Christians.” I know the statement isn’t completely accurate. Technically, there’s no such thing as an “unconverted Christian.” Either you are a Christian, or you are unconverted. But it certainly […]

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When It Is Time To Leave

[A few days ago I wrote, “Thinking About Leaving Your Church? Not So Fast.” It has generated quite a bit of traffic, and many of you have written some very good responses, both publicly and privately. Some readers have asked: When, if ever, is it okay to leave?] The disease of consumerism is a plague […]

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