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Does it matter what we wear to church?

It is funny (in a sad way) that such a seemingly minor issue has generated so much controversy in the Christian church, but it has. So potentially divisive has this issue been, that Jerry Bridges warns about it directly, mentioning it in his well known book Respectable sins in the chapter on "Judgementalism."[1] Other big name evangelical Christian leaders and publications...

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17th Century Advice on How to Read the Bible Well (Not as a Consumer)

As Christians we know how important it is for us to grow in our understanding of God's word. The Bible itself tells us repeatedly how important it is for us to be a people shaped by the Word of God. As we recently saw in 1 Peter, the apostle commands us to "long" for the word as infants long for milk. That is a striking image and makes a powerful point of how necessary the...

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The Ministry of Listening

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We live in an age where everyone is talking but nobody is listening. We are always connected to others through our social media, but as more and more research is finding, we are feeling more alone and isolated than ever. In such a time, one very practical way that we can love to someone else is simply by listening to them. Again, Dietrich Bonhoeffer gives some excellent ad...

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The Ministry of Helpfulness

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In his classic book Life Together, Dietrich Bonhoeffer lists several ministry practices that a Christian community must be committed to living out if it would be all that God intends it to be. One "ministry" he identified which I found to be extremely relevant and a very good reminder for us all is what he calls "The ministry of Helpfulness." What is this exactly? It is t...

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How to teach our kids Christianity? Start with the BIG 3

As Christian parents we have the desire and responsibility to our children to "bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord" (Eph 6:4). We know that teaching them the content and doctrines of the Christian faith, while certainly not everything, is an important part of fulfilling this responsibility. But where to begin? What to do? Books on children's ministr...

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Preach Christ, and if Necessary use Words?

"Preach Christ/the Gospel, and if necessary, use words." This is a saying that supposedly goes all the way back to St Francis of Assisi (although that is disputed), and remains a phrase that gets tossed around a lot in Christian circles today. I have heard it used many, many times, I am sure you have also. In this post, I want to offer a brief analysis of this phrase and...

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Andy Stanley and Sola Scriptura

Another Reformation Sunday has come and gone, but the importance of holding fast to the Word of God as our final authority continues to be the call of the church in the 21st century. As I mentioned in the sermon this past reformation Sunday, that not only means we must not allow competing authorities with the Word of God, but we must also be willing to affirm and defend th...

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10 Tech-Wise Commandments

10 TECH-WISE COMMANDMENTS We Develop Wisdom and Courage as a Family Summary: The main idea is that family is a place for character formation. Specifically, family is a place for forming of us into people who have both wisdom and courage. Christians have their nuclear family, but also the church family to help us grow together into people of wisdom and courage. Tech...

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The Tech-Wise Family

In last week's sermon we thought very briefly about the importance of keeping our technology in its proper place so that our screens do not strangle our soul. Without intentional effort, our screens will take time from pursing God, distract our attention from focusing on God, and dilute the joy we should have in God. One area we did not have a chance to focus on specifical...

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Questions on Communion

The last several weeks our church has been trying some new formats for taking communion which has raised some good questions coming to myself and the Elders. I offer this post as an attempt to better explain what we are hoping to accomplish in experimenting with different ways of administering communion. Last month I asked the Elders to take the month of July to try out ...

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