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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
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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Jun
09

God is a Worker and I’m Made in His Image

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A few months ago, in a Transformed post called Walls That Divide, I suggested that there were two walls that divide the church. These walls have grown over time, and even though they are occasionally challenged, they keep showing up. They are the sacred/secular divide and the clergy/laity divide. I wrote a few posts on…
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Jun
04

Spirit Empowered Mission: The Advent of the Spirit, Part 2

Train tracks at night with light of oncoming train.

What can the preaching of the Apostles teach us about preaching Jesus?  Do Christians today have an adequate understanding of what it is to live in the last days? We asked Art Azurdia… Listen to sermon (Acts 2:14-36):   Is there anything tricky in preparing for and preaching a text that is in a sermon…
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