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Oct
29

The Christian Art of Dying: Learning from Jesus – Book Review

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The Christian Art of Dying: Learning from Jesus by Allen Verhey Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2011 423 pp. $22.50.     The most recent statistics reveal that apart from Enoch and Elijah, the death rate among human beings is 100 percent. People are dying. My mother died three years ago. My best friend died…
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Oct
27

6 Side Gigs for Church Planters

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If you’re part of a church planting team (or if you’re considering it), then you probably know that your position does not come with a salary. Nope. Instead, it comes with a lot of hard work, a lot of prayer, a fair amount of discipline, and a need to support yourself and your family through…
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Oct
24

The Biggest Lie That Parents Believe

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Every parent lives with a deep-seated fear that they are going to screw up their kids. Admit it! Parenting brings out all our insecurities. We worry about being too strict, or not strict enough. We want to give them everything, but don’t want them to be spoiled.   We worry that our kids will end up…
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Oct
22

Book Review: For the Sake of Heaven and Earth: The New Encounter between Judaism and Christianity

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For the Sake of Heaven and Earth: The New Encounter between Judaism and Christianity. By Irving Greenberg Philadelphia: The Jewish Publication Society, 2014. 274 pp. $18.00     A conversation with an Orthodox Jewish friend led me to purchase and read Irving Greenberg’s collection of essays on the relationship between Judaism and Christianity. She said…
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Jul
02

Thinking Through Ministry and This Strange Thing Called Growth

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Back in 1988, Kent Hughes, then an emerging pastor, was part of planting a new church. All the signs were positive. The mother church endorsed the project, and Kent was an up-and-coming star. The community was strategically targeted, and a solid core was part of the initial foundation. As he put it, “We had everything…
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