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Has Jesus left the building?

Has Jesus left the building?

As we sit in the back pew and look around, we notice the dearth of people and wonder: Has Jesus left the building? COVID-19 has been foremost in many minds for over a year. We’ve all had our lives restricted, have had to follow orders in our personal lives from the...

The Creed

The Creed

Every Sunday, my church recites the Nicene Creed during the worship service. Sometimes, I wonder why. True, the ancient words summon a succession of images in the mind, often powerful, treasured pictures. But am I aware of what this act means as I participate in the...

Which Truth?

Which Truth?

Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life. - Proverbs 4:23 (NLT) Have you ever stopped to think about WHY we need to guard our hearts...and, more importantly, what we need to guard them from? To explain this, we need to talk about two...

How did you “join” your church?

How did you “join” your church?

I grew up in a traditional church in small-town Texas and still remember people joining that church. Whether after a year or on their first Sunday, people walked the red-carpet aisle during the final hymn, and chatted with the pastor for a moment. The pastor announced...

Man of the Millennium

Man of the Millennium

In the years leading up to the turn of the century (1996-1999), several publications ran “Man of the Millennium” features, presenting various candidates for the title. TIME Magazine featured extensive reports on various candidates, Einstein, Newton, etc. Theirs was...

Church Budgets – It All Starts with Mission and Purpose

Church Budgets – It All Starts with Mission and Purpose

Addressing church budgets starts with understanding the broader context of a church’s mission and purpose. If a budget represents the financial blueprint for carrying out a church’s ministry plan for a particular period of time, then logic would dictate that such a...

How Can God be Good When the Church is Bad?

How Can God be Good When the Church is Bad?

Perhaps the biggest obstacle to belief in God in recent years has been a growing disillusionment with Christians and the church. No doubt the church has a historical closet full of skeletons. Even in our own lifetimes, horrendous evils have been exposed, with those...

Why Is Being “Relational” That Important?

Why Is Being “Relational” That Important?

It’s been thirty years now since the first personal computers and cellphones began infiltrating almost all aspects of our everyday life. We’ve been dealing with technology long enough now to begin understanding the risk factors that we didn’t recognize early on. No...

When Leaders Need a Leader: How to Be Led Well

When Leaders Need a Leader: How to Be Led Well

“Likewise, you who are younger, be subject to the elders. Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for ‘God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.’ Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time...

What Position Do Women Hold in Islam?

What Position Do Women Hold in Islam?

Until fifty years ago, hardly anyone in the West was interested in Muslims or their religion, Islam. It was largely because of the discovery of incredible oil reserves in Arabic countries and increased international terrorism that caused Islam to achieve certain...

Has Jesus left the building?

Has Jesus left the building?

As we sit in the back pew and look around, we notice the dearth of people and wonder: Has Jesus left the building? COVID-19 has been foremost in many minds for over a year. We’ve all had our lives restricted, have had to follow orders in our personal lives from the...

The Creed

The Creed

Every Sunday, my church recites the Nicene Creed during the worship service. Sometimes, I wonder why. True, the ancient words summon a succession of images in the mind, often powerful, treasured pictures. But am I aware of what this act means as I participate in the...

Which Truth?

Which Truth?

Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life. - Proverbs 4:23 (NLT) Have you ever stopped to think about WHY we need to guard our hearts...and, more importantly, what we need to guard them from? To explain this, we need to talk about two...

How did you “join” your church?

How did you “join” your church?

I grew up in a traditional church in small-town Texas and still remember people joining that church. Whether after a year or on their first Sunday, people walked the red-carpet aisle during the final hymn, and chatted with the pastor for a moment. The pastor announced...

Man of the Millennium

Man of the Millennium

In the years leading up to the turn of the century (1996-1999), several publications ran “Man of the Millennium” features, presenting various candidates for the title. TIME Magazine featured extensive reports on various candidates, Einstein, Newton, etc. Theirs was...

Church Budgets – It All Starts with Mission and Purpose

Church Budgets – It All Starts with Mission and Purpose

Addressing church budgets starts with understanding the broader context of a church’s mission and purpose. If a budget represents the financial blueprint for carrying out a church’s ministry plan for a particular period of time, then logic would dictate that such a...

How Can God be Good When the Church is Bad?

How Can God be Good When the Church is Bad?

Perhaps the biggest obstacle to belief in God in recent years has been a growing disillusionment with Christians and the church. No doubt the church has a historical closet full of skeletons. Even in our own lifetimes, horrendous evils have been exposed, with those...

Why Is Being “Relational” That Important?

Why Is Being “Relational” That Important?

It’s been thirty years now since the first personal computers and cellphones began infiltrating almost all aspects of our everyday life. We’ve been dealing with technology long enough now to begin understanding the risk factors that we didn’t recognize early on. No...

When Leaders Need a Leader: How to Be Led Well

When Leaders Need a Leader: How to Be Led Well

“Likewise, you who are younger, be subject to the elders. Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for ‘God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.’ Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time...

What Position Do Women Hold in Islam?

What Position Do Women Hold in Islam?

Until fifty years ago, hardly anyone in the West was interested in Muslims or their religion, Islam. It was largely because of the discovery of incredible oil reserves in Arabic countries and increased international terrorism that caused Islam to achieve certain...

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