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Jul
23
2015

He Commanded Us To Preach

Category: WTTB Reflections

There has been a lot of talk within Evangelicalism in general and within the CBOQ/CBM family of churches in particular as to how the mission of the church should be understood.  We hear a lot about "spreading shalom" and "being the hands and feet of Jesus". We are told that "as the Father sent me (Jesus) so I send you" and then reminded that this means that the church should do everything Jesus did. We assume that does not include walking on water, 40 day...keep reading»»


Jul
22
2015

WTTB With Pastor Bill: Jeremiah 18

Category: WTTB Reflections

The picture of the “potter and the clay” has often been the source of my thoughts over the years. I suppose it’s the words of the old gospel song, ”Have Thine Own Way” that reads “Thou art the potter I am the clay,” that has caused me to realize again and again what God can do in our lives and what He has done in my own life. In Sunday’s message Pastor Paul reminded us that God created us for Himself. God knew what He was doing and what we would do. He knew that Adam and Eve would sin and that...keep reading»»


Jul
18
2015

I had a conversation with a friend of mine on staff at CBM where we discovered we were working with different definitions of the Great Commission. He was working from John 20:21, "As the Father sent me so send I you". I was working from Matthew 28:18-20. Which is it? When we ran across that passage in our RMM readings this morning it prompted me to reflect. See here. Have a great day, Pastor Paulkeep reading»»


Jul
16
2015

God is love. Christians should love. All we need is love. The idea of "love" gets used by a lot of folks as a sort of conceptual acid - it destroys every other idea that it touches. It destroys truth, it destroys virtue, it destroys righteousness. All is love. But what is love? Are we using that word the way the Bible uses it? My friend Marc Bertrand has written a very useful post I'd love all of you to read. Find it here. Blessings, Pastor Paulkeep reading»»


Jul
14
2015

In our RMM readings yesterday we read from Jeremiah 9. In this reflection I will be drawing our attention to verse 23-24. These happen to be our memory verses for the month. Before looking at these verses specifically it is important to draw out the context in they were written. First, we see Jeremiah grieving for his people. Jeremiah 8:18 says, ‘My joy is gone; grief is upon me’. The reason for Jeremiah’s grieving was because throughout society and specifically among God’s chosen people,...keep reading»»


Jul
14
2015

I've written a post today that is probably not for everyone.  Its called "How To Read Your Bible So That It Means Whatever You Want".  Its written in the style of a satirical parody meaning that it exagerates, imagines and imitates in order to make a point.  In essence I want you to conclude exactly the opposite of what I argue and I make that clear by ridiculous exageration.  For whatever reason, the human mind seems to enjoy this sort of thing and since my goal...keep reading»»


Jul
09
2015

WTTB With Pastor Evan: Let Children Come

Category: WTTB Reflections

There are many passages that we often fly through when reading Scripture without fully comprehending. Without taking time to meditate on God’s Word we will often assume a meaning that is not there or fail to grasp the weight of what God would have us know. I think many of us have done this with Matthew 19:13-15. We are tempted to chalk these verses up to a nice teaching about how Jesus loves children. However, if we slow down then we will be prompted to see some profound themes. In these...keep reading»»


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