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Recommendation #5: Choose a church that proclaims and embodies the gospel of Jesus Christ

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Part 8 of series: Choosing a Church: Some Recommendations Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series It is often said that the Holy Spirit gives birth to the church. I’ve said such a thing on Pentecost Sunday, and […]

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Recommendation #4: Meet with the Pastor

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Part 7 of series: Choosing a Church: Some Recommendations Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series So far I’ve put up three recommendations for those who are looking for a new church home: #1: Clarify what you value […]

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Recommendation #3: Use the Internet

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Part 6 of series: Choosing a Church: Some Recommendations Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series In my last post, I wrote that if you’re looking for a church, you should find one that is “essentially orthodox.” The […]

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Some Texas Critters

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One of the things I’m enjoying about Texas is the wildlife. My family and I live in the Hill Country outside of San Antonio, a relatively rural spot with lots of wildlife, both native to the area and exotic. (Did […]

Sunday Inspiration from The High Calling

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Blessed Are Those Who Are Maligned for the Sake of Jesus READ Matthew 5:1-12  “God blesses you when people mock you and persecute you and lie about you and say all sorts of evil things against you because you are […]

You Know You’re in a Small Town When . . . More from the Boerne Police Blotter

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April 4 544 mile marker Interstate 10, 8:42 p.m., Police stopped a vehicle and arrested the driver for possession of marijuana. A passenger was issued a citation for an open container. [MDR: An open container? Of what? Or is it […]

Recommendation #2: Look for a church that is essentially orthodox, unless . . . .

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Part 5 of series: Choosing a Church: Some Recommendations Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series In my last post I suggested that if you’re looking for a church, you should clarify your basic values for a church, […]

Recommendation #1: Clarify what you value most in a church, though with an open mind and heart.

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Part 4 of series: Choosing a Church: Some Recommendations Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series As most of my blog readers know, recently my family and I moved from California to Texas. We had a fairly easy […]

Choosing a Church: A Few More Preliminaries

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Part 3 of series: Choosing a Church: Some Recommendations Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series Yesterday I put up a few preliminary comments to lay some groundwork for this series on choosing a church: 1. How you […]

Choosing a Church: Some Preliminary Comments

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Part 2 of series: Choosing a Church: Some Recommendations Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series I’m continuing to collect input from my blog readers on choosing a church. Thanks for your comments and emails. Keep ’em coming! […]

Choosing a Church: Your Help Needed

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A friend of mine and faithful reader of my blog has suggested that I do a series on choosing a church. What should one look for when seeking a new church? What is most important? How should one go about […]

Sunday Inspiration from The High Calling

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Blessed Are Those Who Mourn   READ Matthew 5:1-12 “God blesses those who mourn, for they will be comforted.” Matthew 5:4 Ever since sin broke God’s perfect world, sadness pervades our existence. Oh, to be sure, there are times when […]

A Couple of Good Leads: Lapinator and Overstock.com

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As most of my readers know, I don’t accept advertising on this website. But, upon occasion, I do point my readers to products or services that I have found helpful. Today I want to highlight Lapinator and Overstock.com. Lapinator Every […]

Avoiding Pulpit Pride: Advice for Preachers

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Part 5 of series: Pride and the Power of the Pulpit Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series In my last post, I suggested what a person should do if his or her preacher fell prey to pulpit […]

What Should You Do If Your Preacher Falls Prey to Pulpit Pride?

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Part 4 of series: Pride and the Power of the Pulpit Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series As I wrap up this series on Pride and the Power of the Pulpit, I want to speak practically to […]

Headlines You Don’t See Every Day . . .

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Today as I was scanning the latest edition of The Boerne Star, my hometown paper, I read several headlines that impressed me as being unlike anything I had seen in a while . . . maybe ever. The headlines included: […]

Blog Tour: Trading Places by Drs. Les and Leslie Parrott

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I’m the seventh stop in a book blog tour for Trading Places: The Best Move You’ll Ever Make in Your Marriage by Drs. Les and Leslie Parrott. If you’re interested, you can find the other stops here. Here’s the Parrotts […]

Brazen Politics in Church on Pentecost & Mother’s Day

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Yesterday was Pentecost, the day when Christians celebrate the birthday of the church, which happened when the Holy Spirit was poured out upon the first disciples of Jesus. Yesterday was also Mother’s Day. In fact, it was the 100th anniversary […]

Sunday Inspiration from The High Calling

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The Ministry of John the Baptist READ Matthew 3:1-12 “Repent of your sins and turn to God, for the Kingdom of Heaven is near.” Matthew 3:2 These days, if we even use the word “repent” in common discourse, we emphasize […]

Only in Texas???? Or Africa!

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Last weekend my wife and I attended a party at a ranch in the Hill Country of Texas about 25 miles from our house. In order to get to this ranch, we had to drive through another ranch. This other […]

An Evangelical Manifesto: Why I Signed (Part 2)

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Part 2 of series: An Evangelical Manifesto: Why I Signed Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series Yesterday I began to explain why I joined the list of “charter signatories” for An Evangelical Manifesto: The Washington Declaration of […]

An Evangelical Manifesto: Why I Signed

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Part 1 of series: An Evangelical Manifesto: Why I Signed Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series I am one of the “charter signatories” of An Evangelical Manifesto: The Washington Declaration of Evangelical Identity and Public Commitment. In […]

Accountability: An Antidote to Pulpit Pride

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Part 3 of series: Pride and the Power of the Pulpit Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series In my last post in this series I suggested that pride can lead preachers to be irresponsible in their communication. […]

Recommending Iron Man

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I’ll get back to my series on preaching tomorrow. But I wanted to recommend a movie today. Yesterday, my son and I, along with a couple of friends, went to see the film Iron Man. I’m happy to report that […]

The Pride of the Pulpit

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In my first post in this series, I talked about the power of the pulpit. The preacher who stands in the pulpit (or, as is increasingly common today, on the stage) has been given an extraordinary amount of power. There […]

Sunday Inspiration from The High Calling

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God Intended It All for Good READ Genesis 50:19-21   “You intended to harm me, but God intended it all for good. He brought me to this position so I could save the lives of many people.” Genesis 50:20 Joseph’s […]

You’re Gonna Need an Ocean, of Calamine Lotion

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One of the running jokes in my family has to do with my peculiar fascination with poison oak. When we’d go hiking in the foothills of California, which are often covered with poison oak, I’d be shouting out warnings: “Poison […]

The Power of the Pulpit

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It seems like everybody’s talking about preaching these days. To be more specific, everybody’s talking about one particular preacher, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, whose fifteen minutes of fame derive both from his association with Barack Obama and from his tendency […]

Passionate Spirituality, Part 4

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So far I’ve shown that Christian spirituality is, quite literally, Spirit-uality. It is life lived in the Spirit. When we live in the Spirit, we are transformed by the Spirit to be more like Christ. We are guided by the […]

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Sunday Inspiration from the High Calling
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Why Did Jesus Have to Die? The Perspective of the First Christians, Part 3
An Act and Symbol of Love Perhaps one of the most startling of the early Christian interpretations of the cross was that it was all about love. It’s easy in our day, when crosses are religious symbols, attractive ornaments, and trendy ...

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Why Did Jesus Have to Die? The Perspective of the First Christians, Part 2
The Means of Reconciliation In my last post, I examined one of the very earliest Christian statements of the purpose of Jesus’ death. According to the tradition encapsulated in 1 Corinthians 15, Jesus died “for our sins in accordance with ...

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