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He stands outside looking in.  He folds his arms over each other, narrows his eyes, and wrinkles up his forehead under his hair dripping wet.  He’s been in the field working.  All day.  He’s tanned and dirty, but nothing can cover up his markings of devotion, yet there he is standing outside hostile and seething.

Inside no one stands.  Only frenzy resides there.  I imagine those inside…

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When I was 16 I got a job at a grocery store. It was a rite of passage in my hometown; you get a job at the grocery store and start making pocket-money by bagging groceries, sweeping floors, and straightening the stock on the shelves. The first week I was on the schedule, I encountered a crisis of faith. The…

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After reading Jonathan and Josh’s new book “Bringing Heaven to Earth” I had a few questions to bounce off of them. Their responses reflect much of the reason that you will want to read this book. These two live what they teach…it exudes from them.

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Recently a Baptist Pastor was invited to speak at the Church I was working with. I thought it wise to let him know that if he invited people to respond to Christ, he should not be asking them to simply pray a “sinner’s prayer.” I pointed out the Church here believes that a person surrenders their will and life to…

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I’ve loved the water as long as I can remember.  Seriously. My oldest memories involve me swimming in my grandmother’s pool, jumping off the high dive at the local swimming hole for the first time, body surfing in the waters off the Gulf Coast, and jumping off my friends second story roof into his five foot swimming pool over and…

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If you want to read more on baptism or the Lord’s Supper here are some excellent resources to consider.

Baptism

Baptism in the Early Church: History, Theology and Liturgy in the First Five Centuries by Everett Ferguson This book contains a monumental amount of information on baptism in the early church. This is the “go to” resource on baptism from a historical…

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I grew up in a congregation where baptisms felt more like examination day than a celebratory ceremony. Prior to being baptized, we were asked a series of questions to make sure that we were being baptized “for the right reasons.” If we passed the oral exam, our baptism was followed by one or two awkward claps and (it felt like)…

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For a while now I have taught widely in colleges and churches and at conferences about how skilled and intentional the Gospel authors were. This is not novel or unique; however, if I tell you the truth, I really was saying that about John primarily, and Luke and Matthew to lesser degrees. Oh, sure, Mark was good (obviously, I believe Mark’s testimony), but in my opinion it was simply…

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When Jesus instituted the Lord’s Supper we are told that it was in the context of a Passover meal. Mark 14:12-18 says,

12 On the first day of the Festival of Unleavened Bread, when it was customary to sacrifice the Passover lamb, Jesus’ disciples asked him, “Where do you want us to go and make preparations for you to…

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In 2008 I was working with a wonderful little congregation out in the country. One Sunday morning a man approached me in the foyer after service and said that he needed to talk with me. As an aside here is a little insight when you approach a preacher after a service and say you need to talk we rarely have good thoughts. So we made our way to my…

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