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What Good Is Your Church Anyway?

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I recently read the quote of a skeptical unbeliever that stopped me in my tracks... The church is a parasite. It owns the best property, doesn't pay any taxes, and doesn't help anybody. As a Pastor who loves the local church rather deeply, everything in me wants to argue. Who does this anonymous skeptic …

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When We Disagree, We Should Declare…


There are a few options here, but typically we fall to either declaring war or declaring love for those with whom we disagree. Some causes are worth fighting for and many issues demand a debate, but when Christians choose the wrong battles, it gives the distinct impression it's an "us vs. them" situation. …

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Cages Are Lonely


... so break free. In Jesus, be free indeed. …

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Jesus’ Crystal Clear Theological Affirmations

Jesus wasn't always clear. He told parables not for the purpose of simplifying and illustrating truths to make them more understandable, but to present the mysteries of the kingdom to the few who would catch the underlying meanings. Jesus is the greatest philosopher the world has ever known. He could go deep, …

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What You Should Know About Rick Warren’s Worldview

Rick Warren Tweets Jesus Is God

For some time now, I've been serving as a Pastor to Saddleback Church's correspondence team, a group of dedicated staff and volunteers who answer over 100,000 emails per year about a range of subjects. Not a week goes by that I don't see an email (or twenty) asking for Pastor Rick's response to what someone …

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My Christmas Greeting to You

The angels opened the portal of heaven and their sound and the brightness of their glory was overwhelming to the humble shepherds in the field. But their message was that Jesus wasn't to be found in that throng of angels. He would be found in a manger in a stable in the sleepy hamlet called Bethlehem. Jesus …

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My Second Birthday Matters Even More

Baby Feet

My wife and I turn 33 today. Yes, we were born the same day, 500 miles apart, and she has a twin brother, Josh. I will point out that I'm about nine hours older, so I get to be the leader! We mark birthdays as milestones, as if surviving another year is a great accomplishment. To me, this is kind of like the …

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Jesus Manifesto, by Leonard Sweet and Frank Viola (Book Review)

Jesus Manifesto

About Jesus Manifesto Jesus Manifesto: Restoring the Supremacy and Sovereignty of Jesus Christ Thomas Nelson Publishers, 2010 Video Review Jesus Manifesto (Book Review) from Brandon Cox on Vimeo. Leonard Sweet and Frank Viola have written an excellent treatise on returning to Jesus as the core of …

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All Things… For Christ

All Things For Christ

Today, I'll be preaching my final sermon to the wonderful people at Bethel Baptist Church. Tomorrow at 8:10 a.m., we'll board a plane headed for Orange County, California. I've spent a long time thinking about my final words to my congregation. Almost five years ago now, I preached in view of a call in …

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God Gave His Son

For God so loved the world that He gave His Son... ... to leave heaven's perfection and live humbly on earth. ... to make a difference in the lives of everyone around Him. ... to face death on the Cross because we sinners needed a Savior. ... to rise again and defeat the enemies of sin and death. ... to …

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