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Dec
03
2016

In the last 2 years I’ve had more questions about child dedication than in the previous 20 years combined. Lots of my “young, restless and reformed” friends are wondering about this old Evangelical tradition. I think that is a good thing – the church gets into trouble when no one is asking why we do the things we do. Habit can be deadly and traditions – even seemingly harmless ones – should never go unchallenged. But Evangelicals are famous for over reaction. We have a tendency to outlaw...keep reading»»


Dec
01
2016

There Are No Red Letters

Category: General

Reality check:  There are no Red Letters in the Bible.   On November 29th 2016 Red Letter champions Tony Campolo and Shayne Claiborne called for Christians to “to repent and be born again again as Red Letter Christians.”[1] Campolo has long held that for Christianity to be viable in the post modern culture it must adopt a trimmed down canon that focuses more on the “pure words of Jesus” and less on the more troublesome teachings found elsewhere in the Bible. Campolo...keep reading»»


Nov
27
2016

On January 1st 2017 we will launch a new podcast called “Into The Word”. This podcast is designed to assist people in reading through the Bible using the 2 year version of the Robert Murray M’Cheyne (RMM) Scripture reading plan.  In 2012 we started encouraging our people to read through the Bible using the RMM plan. We tried to support that by following the plan in our preaching calendar and by releasing periodic blogs and reflections throughout the week. Each subsequent year we...keep reading»»


Nov
26
2016

1 Peter 3:18-22 is one of the most debated passages in all of Holy Scripture. The text reads as follows: "For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit, 19 in which he went and proclaimed to the spirits in prison, 20because they formerly did not obey, when God’s patience waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was being prepared, in which a few, that...keep reading»»


Nov
16
2016

Better Words

Category: General

Is it just me or do the words and values being offered by the current cultural elites seem vastly inferior to the words we find written in Scripture? The cultural elites say, “you must be tolerant”. The Bible says, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” (Matthew 22:39 ESV) Keep reading...keep reading»»


Nov
11
2016

Contrary to what you may have heard, contrary to what many churches today seem to believe, the “merge lane” of the Christian is actually the most dangerous place in the world. If you stay there too long you may come to believe that you are a Christian when in fact you are nothing of the sort. Life in the merge lane can actually inoculate seekers against the truth of the Christian Gospel. People who have “paced the saints” for a mile or two and then fallen away are the most damned and desperate...keep reading»»


Oct
31
2016

Somewhat like the now infamous "Junia" of Romans 16 fame, Phoebe of Cenchreae has come under closer scrutiny in the last several decades due to the on-going debate about the role of women in the church. Who was she? Did she hold an office in Cenchreae? What if anything can we learn from her story today? I've written a very brief introduction and reflection on this interesting "bit character" in the New Testament narrative. You can find it here.keep reading»»


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