Tag Archives: Church

Legalists: Give Me the Official Rules

Dealing with legalists in the church can be discouraging. Of course, no one believes they are a legalist (and maybe we all are to a degree). Most legalists just feel they are serious about obedience while others are less so. … Continue reading

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The Church Bully

I just came across an insightful post from Thom Rainer. In his post, Rainer lists nine common characteristics of what he labels “church bullies”. Read through the points below. Have you ever had to deal with a church bully? Have … Continue reading

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Who Are the Covenant People of God?

Ok, help me understand something. I often hear fellow Christians speak of Israel as God’s covenant people. I understand that God made a covenant with Israel at Mount Sinai. We refer to it as the Mosaic Covenant. However, in the … Continue reading

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Pastor Halts Gay Funeral: Some Observations

A pastor in Colorado halted the funeral of a gay woman that was taking place in the church where he serves and, according to Yahoo Parenting, there are many people upset. Click here for the article. Apparently, the reason for … Continue reading

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Do You Know the Bible or the Author of the Bible?

Um, this came across my Facebook feed today and lots of people liked it. Why? I have no idea. The statement on the photo creates a false dichotomy between knowing the Bible and knowing God. It champions the second and … Continue reading

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We Are Called to Something Bigger

We Christians, at least here in the U. S., have an autonomy problem. We want to figure everything out on our own and we think we know better than anyone else. It seems suspiciously familiar to the root of sin … Continue reading

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The Bible in Context: Philippians 4:8

Quoting Scripture from memory can be a wonderful thing.  But, as with most things, there are also dangers.  How often have you heard someone recite a verse in an effort to offer biblical wisdom to a situation only to realize … Continue reading

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Can Anything Be A Religion?

I read a very interesting article today that I came across on Yahoo’s homepage.  The title of the article is “NC Teen: Nose Ring More Than Fashion, It’s Faith”. Apparently, a high school girl in North Carolina has been suspended … Continue reading

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Luke 16:19-31 “The Rich Man and Lazarus”: What It Does and Does Not Teach Us

In Luke 16:19-31, Jesus tells a parable commonly known as The Rich Man and Lazarus.  It reads:    “There was a rich man who was clothed in purple and fine linen and who feasted sumptuously every day. 20And at his gate … Continue reading

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Being a Shrewd Christian

Yesterday, I preached a sermon on the Parable of the Dishonest Manager, or more commonly known as the Parable of the Shrewd Steward.  The passage is found in Luke 16:1-13 and reads as follows: He also said to the disciples, … Continue reading

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