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Dec
19

Present for His Purposes

shooting start

Western Seminary’s Ryan Lister has recently published The Presence of God: Its Place in the Storyline of Scripture and the Story of Our Lives and was asked to blog on the topic of his book for Crossway. This is the second of three parts. The Story So Far As we saw in my last post, God is…
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Dec
17

Thank the Lord Christmas Has Nothing To Do With Santa

Santa carrying bag of presents

Something has always puzzled me: why in the world is “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” such a beloved and often sung Christmas song? Even more, why would anyone teach it or sing it to their children? The song is nothing more than fuel for good nightmares. “You better watch out. You better not cry.…
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Dec
12

Victory through the Lamb: A Guide to Revelation in Plain Language – Book Review

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Victory through the Lamb: A Guide to Revelation in Plain Language By Mark Wilson. Wooster, Ohio; Weaver Book Company, 223 pp. $17.99. I first became acquainted with the author, Mark Wilson, through his book Biblical Turkey: A Guide to the Jewish and Christian Sites of Asia Minor (2010). Mark has lived in Turkey since 2004…
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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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Nov
21

6 Lessons Learned from the Growth of Mars Hill Church

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The past two days I have written on the lessons to be learned from the demise of Mars Hill Church. You can find those posts here and here. Today, I would like to consider some lessons to be learned from its explosive growth. What lessons are to be drawn from this astounding saga? What are…
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