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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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Feb
24

5 Things You Need to Know About Camels and Biblical Accuracy

Camel caravan across desert

Recently CNN, Time magazine and the New York Times, just to name a few, reported in various articles that scientists have discovered that camels were not domesticated until the 10th century B.C., and that since the Bible reports in Genesis that Abraham (around the 19th century B.C.) was using camels, the Bible must therefore be…
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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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