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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...]

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    A New Year–A New Beginning with God

    A new year often provides new opportunities and new beginnings. And like many of the biblical characters, Christians often need a new beginning of obedience with God. Second Samuel 11 records a sad and sordid story in the life of David. While his army was off at war, David was back in Jerusalem … [Read More...]

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    Let Everything That Has Breath Praise the Lord

    I am in the intensive care unit of the hospital, waiting for a patient to have a breathing tube placed down her airway. I have spent the past 5-10 minutes holding my patient’s hand and praying for her at her request, hearing her prayers and her praising God. She asked that I stay in the room while … [Read More...]

Nov
28

Reflections on Interstellar

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It has been said, those who see Interstellar must comment. At risk of fulfilling this prophecy, I seek to add a few reflections. Interstellar comes from writer, director, and producer Christopher Nolan who is known for his Batman films and also his penchant for twisting time (see Inception and Memento). The movie is of the…
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Nov
26

Book Review on Biblical Portraits of Creation: Celebrating the Maker of Heaven and Earth

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Biblical Portraits of Creation: Celebrating the Maker of Heaven and Earth By Walter C. Kaiser Jr. and Dorington G. Little. Wooster OH: Weaver Book Company, 2014. 164 pp. $15.99       Dr. Walt Kaiser needs no introduction to most Christian readers. He is president emeritus at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and the author of numerous…
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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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Nov
20

5 More Lessons Learned from the Demise of Mars Hill Church

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Yesterday, I covered three lessons that ought to be learned by those paying attention to the saga of Mars Hill Church. What other lessons can be drawn from this amazing saga? What can be learned from the demise of MHCC? Leaders must be deeply involved in the pastoral life of the church, no matter how…
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Nov
19

3 Lessons Learned from the Demise of Mars Hill Church

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In twenty years Mars Hill Church (MHCC) went from a new plant out of Antioch Bible Church to a mega church with 15,000 people in 15 locations. Thousands of completely unchurched people received forgiveness and new life from Jesus through the ministry of the church and the leadership of Pastor Mark Driscoll. Many matured into…
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