Words matter.

In just my relatively short time serving God’s people, I’ve grown weary of some of the language and categories that often times get used merely out of habit (or it’s just the inherited way people have always talked about things). Many times it is because of the burden that this language can produce, as opposed […]

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The Sin of Utilitarian Christianity

The present challenges are new, in the sense that WE have not seen them before. But, they are not new to the human condition. King Solomon’s admonition that there is nothing new under the sun looms large (Ecclesiastes 1:9). And they are certainly not new to God.

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Becoming More Christlike Than American: Part 7

Part 7: Answers about who “Paul replied, “Whether quickly or not, I pray to God that both you and everyone here in this audience might become the same as I am, except for these chains.” Acts 26:29 NLT If you’ve never read Acts 21-28, where Paul defends the faith in front of Jewish and Roman […]

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Becoming More Christlike Than American: Part 6

Part 6: Spiritual family “So guard yourselves and God’s people. Feed and shepherd God’s flock…You should remember the words of the Lord Jesus: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’” Acts 20:28,35 NLT If you’ve never read Acts 20, or haven’t in a while, first go read it – especially the very end. […]

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Becoming More Christlike Than American: Part 5

Part 5: Advocates for the kingdom “One day as these men were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Appoint Barnabas and Saul for the special work to which I have called them.” So after more fasting and prayer, the men laid their hands on them and sent them on their way…Then Paul […]

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Becoming More Christlike Than American: Part 4

Part 4: Resilient Relationships “A great wave of persecution began that day, sweeping over the church in Jerusalem; and all the believers except the apostles were scattered through the regions of Judea and Samaria…Philip ran over and heard the man reading from the prophet Isaiah. Phillip asked, “Do you understand what you are reading?” The […]

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