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The Confidence of Hope

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It is fairly well known that the Christian concept of “hope” is profoundly different than the historic or secular version. We use the word in its secular sense every day: “I hope this coronavirus goes away soon!” We have no clue how soon it will happen, but it is our...

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Building Our Worship.

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I recently read an article that struck me. It made a comment that was not unusual, but it struck me. It was about a church that could not record their Sunday services in their beautiful building because of a power outage. The church “could not imagine having services without their...

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A Gospel for All Generations.

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Stats about Evangelicalism indicate we have some thinking to do...

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Out of the heart.

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We have all been horrified at recent mass shootings, and stunned that in 2019 some of them are racially motivated. There are days when the news makes me feel like we are once again in the 1960s and that little progress has been made.  I recently read an article in which an author suggested...

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Religious Violence??

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Probably all have heard about the recent bombings in Sri Lanka. As horrifying as that event was, it is not an incident in isolation. On Palm Sunday a Fulani attack on Christians in Nigeria at a baby dedication ended up with 10 dead, including children. The Sri Lanka attack is now purported to be...

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What's In A Year?

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What's in a year? Well, obviously 365 days.  Those days can be hard or awesome...and probably 2019 will be a mix. We don't really get to chose everything that the year will bring (wouldn't that be nice?!)...but we do get to choose who we will be through it all.  Hopefully it does not...

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Doing the same thing. Together.

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I was thinking recently about how differently the church can look…and still be the church. Even in my experience I have seen the church in a number of varieties: I have been in small, country sized churches. Sometimes one room. My grandfather pastored many churches like this and I...

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Jamaica

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A handful of our youth are in Jamaica. Pastor Russell identified this trip as an opportunity for our young people to help on a field where there is need, and an opportunity to grow spiritually as they serve.  I was only 14 when I went on my first missions trip. It was too Peru. Our church...

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Cup of ethics, anyone?

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I was interested to hear (all day) about Starbuck’s day of training for employees. Of course ultimately this is a good thing. In my opinion it was way overplayed by the press...but that is how we do things, isn’t it?  It’s hard to believe that it needs to be said, but...

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Tags: ethics, morality, racism

Water for Bakatade

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I am glad to share that we are within inches of the funds goal we had to begin the process of digging the well in Bakatade, Uganda! The villagers do not know this is coming, but they will soon. They may suspect something is up because a well engineer has been poking around the community in...

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