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The Growing Church: Part 3

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Part 3 of series: The Growing Church: A Bible Study in Ephesians 4 Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series Note: Of course I’m aware of the recent actions of the General Assembly, and am deeply concerned about […]

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Sunday Inspiration from The High Calling

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Not Peace, but a Sword READ Matthew 10:34-42  “Don’t imagine that I came to bring peace to the earth! I came not to bring peace, but a sword.”   Matthew 10:34 At first glance, we might recoil from this statement […]

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A Miraculous Cure for Bug Bite Itching?

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First of all, let me be clear that I am not a doctor. (Well, okay, I have a Ph.D. But I’m not a medical doctor.) One should never take my medical advice too seriously. Second, let me add that I’m […]

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The Growing Church: Part 2

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Part 2 of series: The Growing Church: A Bible Study in Ephesians 4 Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series This is the second part of my address to the Presbyterians for Renewal breakfast at the General Assembly […]

The Growing Church: Part 1

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Part 1 of series: The Growing Church: A Bible Study in Ephesians 4 Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series This is the first part of my address to the Presbyterians for Renewal breakfast at the General Assembly […]

Introduction to A Growing Church: A Bible Study in Ephesians 4

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Today I had the opportunity speak at the Presbyterians for Renewal (PFR) breakfast associated with the Presbyterian Church (USA) General Assembly in San Jose, California. This was a special privilege because I have such high regard for PFR and its […]

Choosing a Church: Final Comments

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Part 16 of series: Choosing a Church: Some Recommendations Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series This will be my final post in this series on choosing a church. Of course I could always say more about this […]

Sunday Inspiration from The High Calling

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Jesus Forgives Sins READ Matthew 9:1-8 Some people brought to him a paralyzed man on a mat. Seeing their faith, Jesus said to the paralyzed man, “Be encouraged, my child! Your sins are forgiven.” Matthew 9:2 It’s easy for us […]

Recommendation #12: If you have children, choose a church that will help them to know Christ and to grow as his disciples.

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Part 15 of series: Choosing a Church: Some Recommendations Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series Obviously, if you don’t have children, then this recommendation isn’t relevant to you. But many who are in the process of looking […]

Recommendation #11: Choose a church that values the Bible as God’s uniquely inspired and authoritative Word.

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Part 14 of series: Choosing a Church: Some Recommendations Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series If I had been approaching this series on choosing a church more systematically, as if I were writing a book rather than […]

Recommendation #10: Choose a church that sees itself and seeks to live as an outpost of the mission of God in the world.

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Part 13 of series: Choosing a Church: Some Recommendations Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series Today I’ll suggest Recommendation #10: Choose a church that sees itself and seeks to live as an outpost of the mission of […]

Recommendation #9: Choose a church where you will grow as a disciple of Jesus Christ.

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Part 12 of series: Choosing a Church: Some Recommendations Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series Many Christians see life in this world mostly as waiting around until the train arrives to take us to heaven. They don’t […]

Sunday Inspiration from The High Calling

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The Golden Rule READ Matthew 7:12  “Do to others whatever you would like them to do to you. This is the essence of all that is taught in the law and the prophets.” Matthew 7:12 We find versions of the […]

Recommendation #8: Choose a church where you will be equipped and encouraged to live out your life as a minister of Christ.

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Part 11 of series: Choosing a Church: Some Recommendations Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series You might expect the Senior Director of Laity Lodge to say something like this. After all, I’m part of an organization committed […]

Jeremiah Wright and Otis Moss Clarify the Reasons for the Delay in Rev. Moss’s Installation as Senior Pastor

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On Monday I put up a post having to do with the delay in the retirement of the Rev. Jeremiah Wright from Trinity United Church of Christ. My post was based largely on an article from the TIME website called […]

Yes! You Drive (and Walk!) in the River

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Perhaps one of the most distinctive features of coming to a retreat at Laity Lodge (and Laity Lodge Youth Camps) is the fact that you drive in the river to get to the retreat. No, you don’t simply drive across […]

Another Chapter in the Sad Story of Jeremiah Wright and Trinity United Church of Christ

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I’ve been following a story that has scarcely been reported in the news. So far, I’ve only seen it at the TIME and Fox News websites. No doubt this story has been ignored by the media because it has little […]

Sunday Inspiration from The High Calling

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Treasures in Heaven  READ Matthew 6:19-21 “Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal.” Matthew 6:20 These words of Jesus are as relevant to us as they were to […]

Recommendation #7: Choose a church where you can experience genuine Christian fellowship.

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Part 10 of series: Choosing a Church: Some Recommendations Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series From a biblical point of view, when a person enters into a relationship with Jesus Christ through faith, that person also becomes […]

Recommendation #6: Choose a church that encourages you in your worship.

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Part 9 of series: Choosing a Church: Some Recommendations Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series This recommendation might seem so obvious as to be almost not worth mentioning. What is a church, if not a place to […]

Driving in Texas

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My first experiences of driving in Texas left me with the impression of an endless, flat countryside. When I was a child, my family and I drove through north Texas on a couple of occasions. It was hot, dusty, and […]

Sunday Inspiration from The High Calling

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A Call to Truthfulness READ Matthew 5:33-37  “Just say a simple, ‘Yes, I will,’ or ‘No, I won’t.’ Anything beyond this is from the evil one.” Matthew 5:37 In the time of Jesus, people made vows to offer assurance that […]

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