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Dec
22

Why Do We Blame the World for Being the World?

shoppers in mall

This weekend I received a well-intentioned but misplaced charge against the world. In the form of a song, it went something like this: “If the store clerk doesn’t greet you with ‘Merry Christmas’ but rather a ‘Happy Holidays’ or some other secular form of greeting, leave the store and go find one that still believes…
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Dec
15

5 Ways Pastors Can Outmaneuver Holiday Stress

Christmas Crisis

Want to see a volcanic eruption? No need to visit Hawaii, take a flight to Japan or pitch a tent near Mt. Saint Helens – just ask a pastor to do one more thing between  Thanksgiving and Christmas and then take a few steps back and enjoy the show. Truth is that some will respond…
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Dec
10

Remembering Dr. Earl Radmacher

Dr. Earl Radmacher

By Dr. Jim Sweeney When word came Tuesday morning that Earl Radmacher had passed from this life into the presence of Christ the day before, I felt that quick stab of pain/joy that is experienced uniquely in God’s family in such an instant. Two deep, conflicting emotions that rarely keep company. A dear, dear friend…
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Dec
03

Kids Plant Churches: 6 Principles from a Children’s Storybook

Illustrations of gardening tools

Children’s author and illustrator Peter Brown wrote a fine book a few years ago entitled The Curious Garden, containing wonderful metaphors of church planting and disciple-making.[1] I first read this story to my kids when we happened upon it at our local library. It made such a good impression on us that we eventually purchased…
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Dec
01

The Golden Rule and Hookup Culture

Couple in row boat

I have been preaching through the book of Proverbs, covering numerous themes from words to relationships to sex. Sex is a significant theme in the wisdom literature (as it seems to be in most writings). Recently, I unpacked (maybe “undressed” is more relevant term here) Proverbs 7. I am always surprised at the number of…
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