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    Work Matters: Lessons from Scripture

    Work Matters: Lessons from Scripture By R. Paul Stevens $16.00 Grand Rapids, Michigan: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2012.   Of the four books on the subject of “work” I have read in the last eight months, R. Paul Stevens, Work Matters, is on the top of my list. Stevens … [Read More...]

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    American Values Are Not Necessarily Christian Values

    Recently British Prime Minister David Cameron spoke in defense of an official letter to British Muslim leaders following the attacks in Paris. In the letter, Communities Secretary Eric Pickles urged Muslim leaders “to show our young people, who may be targeted, that extremists have nothing to offer … [Read More...]

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    4 Ways to Become a Horrible Pastor

    No one sets out to be a horrible pastor, it just sort of happens. My guess is you aren’t reading this article to learn how to be more horrible as a pastor, but to make sure that you aren’t on the list. Sometimes horrible pastors are bad from the very beginning, but often they don’t start out that … [Read More...]

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    Why I Quit My Job

    Before joining the faculty at Western Seminary in 2009, I worked for a technology company that was (and is) consistently named by FORTUNE magazine as one of the best companies to work for in America. In fact, the year I quit the company was the number one best company to work for. They deserved the … [Read More...]

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    4 Kinds of Fake Faith and How to Spot Them

    Many years ago while visiting New York City, a friend and I were approached by a guy selling Rolex watches… for forty dollars each. My friend bought one. The watch kind of looked like the real deal. Although it wasn’t very heavy and the second hand didn’t move smoothly, it could fool the casual … [Read More...]

Dec
17

Thank the Lord Christmas Has Nothing To Do With Santa

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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
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
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
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
09

The Purpose Driven God

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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. Fundamental Questions In 2002, Rick Warren released The Purpose Driven Life, a wildly popular book that topped numerous best…
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