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The Priceless Privilege of Baptizing My Daughter

Rather than writing a lengthy post about this huge moment in my daughter's life (and mine and Angie's as well), I thought I'd just let you watch the video and hear my comments. I'm quite thankful that family and friends at a distance can enjoy this video. Two things to notice. On her way down the steps, she …

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Book Review: Breaking the Missional Code by Ed Stetzer and Dave Putman

I find that I often think about Christianity, church leadership, and church growth in terms that are a bit different than my own traditions and background. So does Ed Stetzer and so does Dave Putman. It's rare that I'm able to really articulate well my own feelings about what it means to live a redemptive …

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Do Something that Matters

One of my favorite movie lines was uttered by Ben Affleck in Pearl Harbor. His character, Capt. Rafe McCawley, travels to London before Hawaii was attaked so that he could fly with the British Royal Air Force. When he lands, his new commanding officer asks, "Why is it so many of you young Americans are so eager …

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Book Review: What In the World Is Going On? by David Jeremiah

What In the World is Going On? by David Jeremiah

Yesterday, I closed the back cover of a truly noteworthy book by David Jeremiah entitled What In the World Is Going On? Honestly, I thought I'd never get through the book. It wasn't because the book wasn't good - it was exceptional. It was that I kept thinking Jesus must be coming back before I turn this next …

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Pentecost Plus Persecution Equals Church the Way It Ought to Be

I know this is a strange assertion, but I've been studying the book of Acts all morning and the thought hit me that Pentecost plus persecution produced the mightiest change agent in all of history - the local church empowered by the Holy Spirit. We are never commanded to purposely try to duplicate either, but …

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God Justifies by Grace through Faith, but Works Justifies Faith

I'm a Baptist with a long history of defending the doctrine of justification by grace through faith. Nothing has changed there. I simply want to point out something that James says. (I am studying through James in my personal quiet time because I need His truth-telling.) He basically says that works justify …

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Rising Above Status Quo Leadership

Seth Godin commented today on the question, "Is everything okay?" His conclusion is that we spend way too much time focusing on making sure everything is okay and end up losing the opportunity for positive change. This caused me to reflect on one of the great challenges of being a Pastor. We want to keep people …

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Preaching by the Numbers

Sermon Series from the Book of Numbers

In April of 2007, I began preaching through the entire Bible, book-by-book. Yes, I am committed to speaking God's truth in a culturally relevant way, but I also think God knew what He was doing as He inspired His Word, so we're hearing all the subjects God speaks about, one by one. Numbers is presenting one of …

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Questions to Ask Each New Year

Donald Whitney has a way of putting things in perspective. He's listed 31 great questions to ask at the beginning of each new year. Here are my favorites... What's one thing you could do this year to increase your enjoyment of God? What's the most humanly impossible thing you will ask God to do this …

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Spread the News through Social Media

News flash: news spreads faster through a crowd than to a crowd. If you want to break news, whisper it into an ear and see what happens. If there is a positive word that describes our age, it's community. Seth Godin knows this. Chris Brogan understands it. Motrin learned it the hard way. People talk. …

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