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Jan
28

5 Reasons to Study Church History

Photo of imitation signboard on time concept, isolated

What has been is what will be, and what has been done is what will be done, and there is nothing new under the sun. (Ecc. 1:9) It’s impossible to appreciate those words without understanding. And I think that’s especially true in Church history. For example, there’s been a lot of recent controversy about the existence of…
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Jan
27

Thinking Is Worship

brain trapped in cage.

For whatever reason, numerous Christians have a certain aversion towards thinking. I was reminded of this recently in our church, where we have created “Village University.”  We have finally made a statement that, along with worship and community, we need a robust educational ministry.  We are attempting to raise the bar, provide classes ranging from…
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Jan
26

Change and Baptism

Raised arms woman

We were changed in conversion, and a changed person will live a changed life, not because you have to, but because you want to. In the Bible, one of the first things people did after conversion was to announce it publicly in a ritual called “baptism.” In the history of the church there has been…
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Jan
25

Playing In Symphony: Developing a Referral Network

male orchestra conductor

A premiere seat in the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall during a performance of the Oregon Symphony provided a unique perspective. A man sitting with his arms crossed in the back corner of the stage caught my eye. The general stance of most performing musicians is one of alertness–ready to play the next note. This man,…
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Jan
24

How to Read a Book

Boy studying

Even with the advent of internet articles (like this one), Kindles, iPads, online magazines, and all sorts of multimedia, it’s still a good idea to read books.  In fact, more books are being published today than ever before.  And many of us find ourselves in contexts where reading widely is important. So how do you…
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