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Nov
27

The Mission of God and the Madness of His People: When Defiance Meets Sovereignty

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Should we make decisions based upon our peaceful resolve?  How should we interpret Jonah’s willingness to be tossed off the boat?  Have you been called to a less than appetizing ministry?  We asked Art Azurdia… Listen to sermon (Jonah 1:4-16): How would you pastor/advise someone who comes into your office, and tells you they are…
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Nov
26

Rahab: Her Fib and Her Faith

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Does the story of Rahab’s lie provide a biblical basis for situation ethics? Must Christians always tell the truth? Or is it sometimes right to lie? Years ago Joseph Fletcher wrote a book called “Situation Ethics: The New Morality” ((Westminster Press, 1966). Fletcher died in 1991, but his “new morality” is still embraced by many…
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Nov
25

The Death of the Author: An Introduction to PoMo Interpretation

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Have you ever been in a Bible Study where the leader carelessly asks, “So, what does this passage mean to you?” What kind of question is that? Perhaps it is an innocent, albeit poorly worded, call for personal application. But often the answers that follow touch on meanings that have nothing to do with the…
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Nov
22

Is There To Be No Leadership?

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You could get the impression from my previous posts that I do not believe in recognized leadership within the church other than the body of elders and deacons.  If that’s the case, let me correct that quickly.  Paul, in referring to spiritual gifts in Romans 12:8, talks about the gift of “leadership” and tells those…
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Nov
21

When Church Leaders Separate: What About the Wives?

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My heart is breaking over the lack of concern for the wives of Christian leaders who are in conflict with a church or Christian organization. I have already written of the poor ways in which churches separate from their leaders. But the damage usually extends beyond the leaders involved. Most of my experience with Christian…
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