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In a Culture War, There Can Be No Truce Nor Victory, So…

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Hobby Lobby went to court. World Vision changed its hiring policy. Then they changed it back. The President visited the Pope. It's been a big week - not for the kingdom, but for western evangelicalism. And it hasn't been pretty. The church is called, in Scripture, the "pillar and ground of truth," so I …

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5 Ways to Preach Like a Pharisee

Pharisees and Jesus

Many of the Pharisees were probably great teachers and skilled speakers. I'm sure many were charismatic, skilled communicators. But by the time Jesus arrived on the scene, the Pharisees, on the whole, were killing the culture around them spiritually. Jesus had a lot of work to do just to unwire people from the …

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I’m Going to Join Jen Hatmaker In the Basement

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I avoid writing about politics and culture wars here, and it's because, frankly, the arguments from both sides often annoy me. Occasionally, someone who writes far better than I do is able to articulate what I wish I could say, and in regards to the current debacle over Dan Cathy and Chick-fil-A, Jen Hatmaker …

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Be On Guard So You Can Pounce on People!

On Guard and Ready to Pounce

My wife pointed out to me a powerful post on the website of People of the Second Chance entitled I am the Vulture. And I am sometimes. A few days ago, I wrote an article about preaching for SermonCentral and in the comments section, someone used the article as an opportunity to make some assumptions about …

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Where Exactly Do We Stand?

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Even though none of us actually plays by the rules (according to Romans 3:10, 23), we still try rather hard to do so. We've all sinned and fallen short, but in our broken condition, we just keep on plugging away in hopes that in eternity all of our trying and fighting and working will somehow qualify us for …

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What I Really Deserve

Nice Fruit

This week, I'm staying in a nice hotel in Ocala, Florida, driving around in a rented Camaro, and eating fresh fruit - all sweet gifts from The Church at the Springs where Pastor Ron Sylvia and others are hosting Nuts & Bolts, a conference for church planters. I feel very blessed to be here. I don't deserve …

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How Can I Be Legalism Free?

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I like rules, lines, and boundaries. I feel safer if I have clear parameters, which explains my love for graph paper. I like it when everything is nice and tidy. The problem is, life isn't always nice and tidy. People around me don't always play by my rules, and I'm the biggest boundary breaker of them all. …

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A New Definition of YOU

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You may not remember the musical group, The Turtles, but you probably remember one of their more famous songs. Do these words ring a bell? Me and you and you and me No matter how they toss the dice It had to be The only one for me is you And you for me So happy together We live in a world in which there …

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Costly Grace: One of My New Favorite Books on Discipleship

Costly Grace

I have well over 1,000 books in my library, but just a handful come to mind when I think of books that are able to define discipleship well. They would include Jim Berg's Changed Into His Image, Clyde Cranford's Because We Love Him, and of course, Rick Warren's The Purpose Driven Life. Now, I'm adding another …

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Five Great Books About Grace

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It's been a while since I've done an article in the "great books series" but I thought I'd write one today after thumbing through a couple on my shelf on the subject of grace. Grace is a tough subject in terms of Christian theology because godly men and great scholars disagree on the intricacies of how we're to …

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