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When “Book, Chapter, Verse” Becomes A Bad Thing

Few Bible characters take as much of a beating from our pulpits today as the Pharisees. It seems everyone wants his turn in taking a swipe at them. To be labeled a modern-day “Pharisee” is considered one of the worst things you could be called. We almost can’t even utter the name “Pharisee” without scowling. […]

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What Must I Do to be Lost?

Sometimes people get caught up in discussions about what sins will send a man to hell. Usually, the “really bad” sins, like adultery or murder, top the list with little question. Then there are the “little sins” – sins society tolerates more-or-less – like cursing, coveting possessions, recreational drug and alcohol use, or lust. Perhaps […]

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How To Determine If Something Is A Salvation Issue

The question about whether something is a “salvation issue” gets thrown around occasionally among some circles. “Is using instrumental music in worship is a salvation issue?” “Is what you wear to worship a salvation issue?” “Is church attendance a salvation issue?” Used this way, the phrase “salvation issue” (never found in Scripture) is employed to […]

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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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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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Thinking About Leaving Your Church? Not So Fast

Sam & Jennifer Johnson just returned from their 2-year anniversary trip. While traveling, they attended a congregation that had a great preacher. His sermons were passionate, dynamic, and interesting. When they returned to their home congregation, they noticed just how dull their own preacher really is. Now in his late sixties, his sermons are predictable, […]

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Stuff I Like (2/6/14)

Overview Of English Bible Translations This is a really helpful chart outlining the main English translations of the Bible, offering some helpful distinctions between the versions. Now you know why I’m not the world’s biggest fan of the NIV. Why You Should Never, Ever Put Two Spaces After A Period You know who you are. […]

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Yes, We Need To Make Disciples, But How?

We have, for the most part, forgotten how to make disciples. In our fast paced, instant gratification society, we have become impatient. The element of speed is such an intrinsic part of our society that everything we do must be done in a hurry. We tend to put off anything that can’t be done immediately, […]

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Making Disciples, Or Just Baptizing?

Many Christians have an incomplete understanding of the “Great Commission” — Christ’s command to make disciples of all nations (cf. Matt. 28:18-20). They equate ‘baptizing’ with ‘making disciples,’ and in so doing, reduce the powerful act of conversion to merely being immersed in water. Baptism Is Essential To Be Saved Please don’t misunderstand — baptism […]

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