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Living fully between already and not yet

Gospel-based living must be understood in the context of “Already (In between) and Not yet.”  This way of seeing things will protect us from perplexing misunderstandings corrected by the apostle Paul in Romans 5-8. The three parts (Already, In between and … Continue reading

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Unity or Uniformity in the Church?

Christians are free to establish their own conviction in areas of freedom, but they are not permitted to condemn those who do not share their opinions. If God has not specifically addressed a behavior, custom, activity, or doctrine, we are not allowed to manipulate biblical data to suggest that God has been specific on the matter. Continue reading

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Looking for the best way to do Church

Many church leaders run for guidance to mega-churches like Bill Hybels’ Willow Creek Community in Chicago, Illinois and Rick Warren’s Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California. The draw to mega-church conferences for these leaders is often a fear that their own approaches to ministry are not … Continue reading

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Mother nature mysteriously at work?

How does the all-knowing, all-present, all-powerful Creator relate to a broken world full of sadness and evil? I invite you to listen to an important audio message I gave on January 22, 2012 Audio Link: When I was made in the secret … Continue reading

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A Chief Repenter — in the making

I recently read an interview of a leader who stated that his job description included a requirement to be the Chief Repenter of the organization. I am about to take a stab at this by doing a little repenting of … Continue reading

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Differences between men and women

Why is sex a primary source of conflict in marriage? Continue reading

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A closer look at tolerance

I look forward to D. A. Carson’s new book, The Intolerance of Tolerance. I’ve written often on this subject and Carson has helped to shape some of my thinking. I see it at the heart of a kind of strategy to transform … Continue reading

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Does unity sand offer a better picture of marriage?

The remaining container of sand is a beautiful picture of the blending of two lives. The couple can carry this with them and display it as a reminder of the uniqueness each one brings to the marriage. Continue reading

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Made in the secret place

“For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you … Continue reading

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Out of the heart …. the mouth speaks

What kind of claim does Christ make on our speech? Should being a Christian affect the way you talk? How important are words? Do they matter to God? What does our way of speaking say about us?   Let me … Continue reading

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