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Feb
21

“Loving Your Neighbor” Redefined

Picket fence neighborhood

By Kristin My husband and I started praying regularly for our neighborhood last spring.  At the time, we were on the cusp of marriage and eagerly anticipating a new life together – cultivating a garden, working on our 1920’s Craftsman-style bungalow, enjoying home-cooked meals together after work, and getting to know our neighbors.   We prayed…
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Feb
20

The Risky Nature of Worship

Hikers survey mountains

Saturday was one of those typical dreary days of February in the Northwest. Rain and wind and gray and cold. So it was not too surprising when, after an evening stop at a nearby electronics store, the customer service rep commented that coming to his store was at least one exciting way to experience the…
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Feb
19

So Who Is the Holy Spirit? The Sacred Communicator

Cathedral front

How can seminaries produce student-ministers who are dependent upon the Holy Spirit?  Is the preaching of the Word of God really the Word of God?  Is the Holy Spirit’s only agenda simply to carry out the ministry of Christ?  We asked Art Azurdia… Listen to Sermon (John 14:16-17): Is the Holy Spirit’s only agenda to…
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Feb
18

Tithing for New Covenant Believers–Yes or No?

Offering plate with money in it.

Growing up I remember our pastor at First Baptist Church of Eugene (Oregon) exhorting the church members before taking the offering with the words, “Now we are ready to receive the Lord’s tithe and your offering.” A tithe was thought to be the basic minimum for Christian giving. The “offering” was regarded as a voluntary…
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Feb
14

Top Ten Books from Dr. J. Carl Laney

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The TransformedBlog asked the faculty of Western Seminary to give a brief list of the most influential books (other than the Bible) that they have read. Dr. J. Carl Laney, Professor of Biblical Literature, lists his 10 most influential books – other than those that he’s written:)   Walt Kaiser, The Promise Plan of God. This is a classic…
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