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Christianity flourishes on the margins and dwindles from the center. It has always been this way. Jesus was born in a back water town in a back water region of a back water country. He was a nobody from a worldly point of view. He was crucified as a criminal. Some have even pointed out that his title Christos sounded a lot like Chrestus meaning “useful” which was a…

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Faith is the world-changer intended for you, for me…for we. Anytime some form of the word “believe” is used, it is always from the base that some element is not existing at the moment; yet can become. Super-Natural!

Faith seems to have lost its thrust as we toss it about nonchalantly as a spiritual term…without genuine expectation. Believing is the evidence of things hoped for; the conviction of things not…

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Photo by MILKOVÍ on Unsplash  (The following was originally published last year as a monthly column in the Clarion-Ledger in Jackson, MS–I’ve made a few minor edits…Happy Thanksgiving to all! LFjr)

At one point in my journey to become a published author, I was introduced to and subsequently retained a literary agent. His job was to help refine my work,…

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Money is a funny thing. Whenever I deal with money with people I always say, people come before money. I don’t like to talk about money but sometimes you have to. So part of me says feel free to walk right past this post (I don’t like self promotion) but another part of me says this isn’t self-promotion this is collaboration in kingdom work…don’t walk on by it…pay attention…

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If you grew up in Churches of Christ, this is the book on the Holy Spirit for you. In “Poured Out: The Spirit of God Empowering the Mission of God” Leonard Allen does what he does best – church history combined with biblical theology. When you add in his own personal story in Churches of Christ and his developing…

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God sent Jesus into the world to save us from our sins (Matt 1:21). Often this is what people consider to be the core of the gospel, salvation from sins so we can go to heaven after we die. That isn’t the only reason God sent Jesus into the world. It is A reason God sent Jesus into the world but not the ONLY reason. If you drew a…

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by C. Leonard Allen June, 1993

In 1932 an Oklahoma preacher named K. C. Moser (1893-1976) published a small book titled The Way of Salvation. The book addressed central New Testament themes: the nature of human sin, the righteousness of God, Christ’s atoning death, justification by faith, and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. It did not make a big splash, even…

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Martin Luther had problems with the Roman Catholic Church. He felt the church’s emphasis on works and rituals taught people to earn forgiveness and was suffocating the true gospel—which was all about God forgiving our sins by his mercy and love. Add to it, his angst against the church’s forgiveness scheme where a person could make a monetary contribution for a new church building and receive a pardon from…

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There are two main words associated with the word “Gospel” one is a noun (the good news itself) and the other is a verb (to proclaim the good news). This post is going to deal with the noun and a follow up post will deal with the verb. I am not going to do a lot of commentating in this article. Instead, I want to give you the usages…

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Harding School of Theology (HST) is celebrating 60 years of ministry training in Memphis this year, and what a difference the decades make. There was a time when ministry preparation included moving to or near a seminary campus and spending three or more years in graduate studies. Many students worked in churches in the city or the surrounding area. Some…

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