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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
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
05

Four Mistakes Preachers (Like Me) Make

Preacher facing congregation

It’s been many years since I filled the pulpit on a weekly basis as a local church pastor.  When I first stepped away, preaching was one of the things I missed the most.   For several months I found it terribly difficult to attend worship and sit under the preaching of others because, to be honest,…
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Feb
04

The Strange Thing about Strange Fire: A Review of Strange Fire by Dr. John MacArthur

Man standing in flames

Strange Fire, by Dr. John MacArthur (Thomas Nelson, 2013). The controversy concerning the Strange Fire Conference and the release of the book bearing the same name has been ubiquitous in the blogosphere in recent months. It has seemed as if everyone has had an opinion, concern, critique, or praise for Strange Fire. With that being…
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Jan
30

Does Following Jesus Mean Giving Up My Ambition?

president

“One’s life must matter, beyond all the cooking and cleaning and the children! One’s life must mean more than that. I cannot die washing a teacup.” So said a young Miss Thatcher in response to her boyfriend’s wedding proposal. These were her terms of agreement. Fortunately for him, she also said “yes”. Margaret Thatcher was…
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