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Jun
25

Reflecting On Peterson (Part One)

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Sometime in the late eighties, when I was slogging my way through my first senior pastorate, I was introduced to Eugene Peterson. I don’t remember how I got on to his books, but I read Working the Angles, and I was hooked. His opening words stopped me in my tracks—“American pastors are abandoning their posts,…
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Jun
18

Spirit Empowered Mission: Spirit Revived Community, Part 1

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Should Christians leave their church if the pastor is not consistently preaching the Word?  What should a pastor do if his church is unresponsive to the preaching of God’s Word?  How did the modern church get to a place where many pastors are delivering nice talks, but not preaching from the Bible? We asked Art…
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Jun
16

God Designed Us to Partner with Him

Woman sitting in garden.

As we come to back to the story of creation we find a remarkable truth: the Creator God not only created humankind to be his creatures, but also to be his partners in the creative process of causing the world to flourish. In Genesis chapter one we find a summary of the six days of…
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Jun
13

Book Review: From a Darkness to the Light by ScVerlin Barton

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From a Darkness to the Light by ScVerlin Barton WestBowPress (October 28, 2013)       It is always a joy to receive a copy of a new book authored by one of my former students. ScVerlin (“Lin”) Barton sat in just about every Bible class I taught during his Master’s Degree program here at…
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Jun
11

Spirit Empowered Mission: The Advent of the Spirit, Part 3

church gathered for baptism at lake shore

Is the church in general poorly taught regarding baptism? How important is baptism for the Christian? We asked Art Azurdia… Listen to sermon (Acts 2:37-41):   Before getting into the meat of the text, you laid down some foundational concepts regarding baptism. Do you remember why you did that? Well, probably because I can’t remember the…
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