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Oct
31

Where Was God?

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If you can, try to place yourself in my shoes last Saturday. It is 11:35 in the morning, and you are standing in order to make room for others to find a seat. It is a memorial service, and almost every chair is taken. People have come to grieve, and it is a severe grief.…
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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
20

4 Reasons to Speak the Gospel to One Another

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The reformer Martin Luther – a preacher of the gospel and no stranger to a fight – once said that knowing the gospel and teaching the gospel is so necessary for discipleship that we must beat it continually into our heads[1] (he had a fierce way with his metaphors). Luther knew this gospel-beating was needed…
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Jun
30

Redeemed for Life

Man's hand sorting through manuscripts.

In my previous two blog posts on the sacred/secular divide, I’ve been using the terms sacred and secular but have not stopped to define what I mean by them. According to the Merriam-Webster online dictionary, sacred means a: dedicated or set apart for the service or worship of a deity and b: devoted exclusively to one…
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