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David & Goliath … and the major player often excluded from the story

March 17, 2014

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This past Sunday, Daryn Kinney preached a great message on the story of David and Goliath. And to underscore that this account is often one only examined when one is in children’s ministry, he even passed out a page from a coloring book that showed the Israelite shepherd taking on the Philistine giant. You can […]

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Weird, wild, wonderful … the Word of God.

November 13, 2013

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“The Bible is strangely askew. Straightforward things convolute, suddenly appearing to double back in contradiction. Proverbs, for instance: that’s like a sock drawer of mismatched ideas — riches are good, or maybe bad; fools should be rebuked; no, fools should be avoided — and when you throw it side-by-side with Ecclesiastes, and mix in the […]

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How NOT to make disciples

July 9, 2013

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… and they did NOT all live happily ever after.

June 21, 2013

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Tim Challies: There is danger in our dedication to happy endings. We may come to believe that God extends his goodness and grace only in those situations that end happily. We may believe that a happy ending is what proves God’s presence through it. We may believe that the experiences that do not have a […]

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Sometimes you can judge a book by its cover

November 1, 2012

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It’s been said that “you can’t judge a book by its cover.” And I think there’s much to commend that perspective. But I think one new book invites critique in a way that can’t be ignored. Rachel Held Evans is a smart and talented writer. But as a Christian blogger who seems generally intent at […]

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God is not a slave driver

October 19, 2012

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From The Hole In Our Holiness by Kevin DeYoung: “From a failure to properly understand God comes a world of unhappiness among good Christians even today. The Christian life is thought to be a glum, unrelieved cross-carrying under the eye of a stern Father who expects much and excuses nothing. He is austere, peevish, highly […]

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Are you Bible-minded bonehead?

September 24, 2012

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I just finished Showing The Spirit: A Theological Exposition of 1 Corinthians 12-14 by D.A. Carson. Although I count myself as solidly in the continuationist camp, I benefited greatly from someone with an “open, but cautious” perspective on the gifts of the spirit. This section of the book was particularly helpful: “In short, I see […]

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Better parenting in less than 20 minutes.

August 10, 2012

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Biblical counseling experts Paul David Tripp and Elyse Fitzpatrick talk about the impact of the Gospel on parenting.

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7 steps to walking the spiritual walk

March 19, 2012

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Romans 8 is one of the best sources for information about growing in your walk with the Holy Spirit. Below are 7 steps as outlined on the Crossway blog: Walk in the Spirit (Rom. 8:4) Set your minds on the things of the Spirit (Rom. 8:5) Put to death the deeds of the body by […]

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How do I love thee? Let me count the ways…

February 23, 2012

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With apologies to Elizabeth Barrett Browning, the Bible knows what really counts when it comes to love. Here’s a list to get you started, assembled by Paul Tautges: Be devoted to one another (Rom. 12:10). Give preference to one another (Rom. 12:10). Be of the same mind toward one another (Rom. 12:16). Accept one another […]

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