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Dec
17

Thank the Lord Christmas Has Nothing To Do With Santa

Santa carrying bag of presents

Something has always puzzled me: why in the world is “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” such a beloved and often sung Christmas song? Even more, why would anyone teach it or sing it to their children? The song is nothing more than fuel for good nightmares. “You better watch out. You better not cry.…
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Dec
15

5 Ways Pastors Can Outmaneuver Holiday Stress

Christmas Crisis

Want to see a volcanic eruption? No need to visit Hawaii, take a flight to Japan or pitch a tent near Mt. Saint Helens – just ask a pastor to do one more thing between  Thanksgiving and Christmas and then take a few steps back and enjoy the show. Truth is that some will respond…
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Dec
09

The Purpose Driven God

Mountains

Western Seminary’s Ryan Lister has recently published The Presence of God: Its Place in the Storyline of Scripture and the Story of Our Lives and was asked to blog on the topic of his book for Crossway. Fundamental Questions In 2002, Rick Warren released The Purpose Driven Life, a wildly popular book that topped numerous best…
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Dec
03

Kids Plant Churches: 6 Principles from a Children’s Storybook

Illustrations of gardening tools

Children’s author and illustrator Peter Brown wrote a fine book a few years ago entitled The Curious Garden, containing wonderful metaphors of church planting and disciple-making.[1] I first read this story to my kids when we happened upon it at our local library. It made such a good impression on us that we eventually purchased…
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Dec
01

The Golden Rule and Hookup Culture

Couple in row boat

I have been preaching through the book of Proverbs, covering numerous themes from words to relationships to sex. Sex is a significant theme in the wisdom literature (as it seems to be in most writings). Recently, I unpacked (maybe “undressed” is more relevant term here) Proverbs 7. I am always surprised at the number of…
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