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“Acceptable Sins” and Why The Church Needs the Gospel

“Acceptable Sins” and Why The Church Needs the Gospel

Recently I had the privilege of hearing a preacher bring the word of God to a congregation. He challenged me in some ways. However coming away from the sermon, I was a bit disturbed. I generally do not like to assume a posture of critique toward a preacher or sermon, it is not healthy because both lose, but especially the listener.   Nevertheless as the church engages the culture, which includes the Church itself, how we articulate ourselves is something we…

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The Church and Political Change | How Should we Respond?

The Church and Political Change | How Should we Respond?

This last week marked the inauguration of the 45th president of the United States. In general we do not like political or social change. For some Trump is being hailed as a political Savior as Obama was eight years ago. For others, a Trump presidency marks the apocalyptic end of our Republic. Of course, neither are true. What is different this election is how the Church, in all its forms seems so much more divided. Hardcore Republicans and many Christians dissociated with Trump….

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7 Principles for Dealing with Sin in the Church | Understanding Matthew 18:15–20

7 Principles for Dealing with Sin in the Church | Understanding Matthew 18:15–20

In order to understand Church discipline, it is perhaps profitable to define what we mean by “church.” Today when we hear the word “church” it means many things to us. But it is unlikely it means to us what it meant to the earliest Christians. For us it may mean things like a building, a service we attend and so on. We say things like, I attend “Such-and-such Church,” or “My family and I went to church on Easter.” We…

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Are Christianity and the Church Becoming Irrelevant?

Are Christianity and the Church Becoming Irrelevant?

In 1998 Episcopal Bishop John Shelby Spong offered a clarion call for the church saying in his book (by the same name) “Why Christianity must change or Die.” In the second of his two successive subtitles the cover also read, “A new reformation of the Church’s faith and practice.” In this call Spong set out a new agenda for Christianity and the Church, namely to dispense with its so called outdated and “literalized propositional” views. Simply put, Spong suggested that…

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Following Jesus—6 Keys in Discipleship & Spiritual Formation

Following Jesus—6 Keys in Discipleship & Spiritual Formation

If we are not doing what Jesus said, are we still the Church? We will leave the answer to him. I think we can safely conclude from the Bible that if we are not doing what Jesus said, then we need to make a change. Take a look at the seven Churches of the book of Revelation. Jesus says to a couple of them, “But I have this against you . . .” (Rev. 2:4, 14, & 20). Whoa!” He…

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