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Design Matters

There is a huge debate today over whether design is essential. With the clean-look, minimalist, web 2.0 surge, the web has become far less about your basic css/xhtml look and feel, and far more about programmatic functionality and application development. Personally, I think this is a good thing. …

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The Blogging Pastor

I was listening recently to a well-known Baptist Pastor who asserted that "these bloggers" were overly critical of his ministry. Blogging Pastors have been blamed for a lot of stuff they really haven't been responsible for. Important issues do have to be raised, however, when handling the responsibility of blogging. …

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unChristian?

Last night I picked up a copy of the new book by David Kinnaman, Unchristian. It's being added to my large stack of books I've just got to read. I did read two chapters and the introduction last night and I can definitely say, I'm already intrigued. …

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Strange Outreach Concepts

I just opened my mail and received a postcard in an envelope. There is no return address and no organization or individual named anywhere. Just a postcard. And it reads.... "Friends, Neighbors, Americans, Be hastily preparing all for the fall of 'That Great City' as described in Revelations Ch. 18. Repent and be baptized and join Jesus on a white horse as described in Revelations Ch. 19. God bless." …

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Standing On the Corner of the Street

Earlier this week I attended the annual Missions Symposium of the BMA of America. As usual, it was quite challenging. The first night, Bro. Grady Higgs, our Director, opened by referring to a song released in the late 70's that said something about "standing on the corner of the street, watchin' all the girls go by." He reminded us that what personal missions is all about is standing on the corner of the street, watching all the souls go by. …

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New Additions – Positive Changes

This past weekend was kind of... neat! You know why? Because I did not have to think at all about how a church bulletin was going to be printed for our Sunday service. Yesterday I looked at the large stack of "to do" items on my desk and had the privilege of stuffing it all into a folder and delivering it to our new Ministry Assistant. Thus far, it's been revolutionary. I actually get to spend this Friday studying and not rushing to print something! What a great change! …

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2008 Already?

Yep, another year. Tonight I've thought about the upcoming year differently than usual. Instead of focusing only on my intentions for the upcoming year, I've thought a lot about the unpredictables. What might change? How will things be different? Who will be the next President? How will the economy perform? The questions are endless. How about the biggest of all... will Jesus come again this year? …

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Merry Christmas!

It's Christmas morning, and I'm sick again. Not that I'm complaining. It's actually become a tradition. Just a few years ago I basically lost Christmas day because of some kind of wicked, evil flu! I think it's God's way of keeping me a bit humble, and challenging me to express my gratitude in spite of a little illness, which I'd like to do... …

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The Greatest Sunday Ever!

I've thought this before, but I really think this past Sunday was one of the greatest Sundays of my life! We had a near record crowd and three new additions to our church family. I got to baptize one and receive another for baptism, in addition to watching someone re-commit her life to Jesus. I also preached a message consisting of only one point and it worked! God blessed it. Even more than that, we enjoyed having people in our service who are not accustomed to going to …

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Russia Trip Is On Again

I had written in a previous post that my mission trip to Russia was postponed. I was supposed to be gone just after Thanksgiving (would have been in Russia right now) but there were some issues that the Russian Baptist Union needed to work out. Everything is settled and we'll be leaving on Wednesday, February 6 and returning on Thursday, February 14 (Valentine's Day). …

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