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Mar
17

Giving to the Poor: Balancing Charity and Dignity

Harvesting food in field

A few years ago, I listened to a mixed-race pastor who leads a multiethnic congregation in an impoverished neighborhood speak about the challenges of his ministry. One of the challenges he discussed was the need to balance dignity and charity. The need for charity was very real where he served; many people did not have…
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Mar
12

Jesus and Tithing

Piles of money

Shortly after the posting of my blog on tithing I was alerted to that fact that a well-known Christian leader and pastor had published a blog on tithing and had taking an opposing view. He argued from Matthew 23:23, that Jesus had said, “Don’t neglect tithing.” Certainly, if Jesus said this we should obey his…
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Mar
11

The 7 Commandments for Choosing a Church

Skyline showing church steeples

If you’re reading this because you don’t like your church and you want to know how to shop for a better church and you thought, based on the title of this post, that you might get some good ideas for how to find a better church… prepare to be disappointed.  That’s not what this article…
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Mar
10

How to Stay Christian in Seminary: A Book Review

Reading in chair. B&W photo.

By: Tyler Velin How to Stay Christian in Seminary David Mathis and Jonathan Parnell If you want seminarians to read your book, chum the water with names like Warfield, Frame, Carson, Flavel, Calvin, and Vanhoozer. How to Stay Christian in Seminary by David Mathis and Jonathan Parnell draw you in with the footnotes seminarians love,…
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Mar
04

The Six People You Should Ask to Leave Your Church

Congregation from back of church

By Andy Flowers Maybe I’m a little biased, but I think my church is awesome! It’s a place that is friendly, loving, gracious, and gospel-centered. I love being the pastor here. I love the people who faithfully attend here. I love that we can see God moving in our midst. This is a healthy, well…
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