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Keith Brenton

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God works through us.

It’s not that He can’t work in other ways; obviously He can and does. But because He believes in us — that astounding fact of scripture which simply cannot be denied or dismissed — He wants to work through us.

I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy, because of your partnership in the gospel…

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The culture of the world around us laughs at the concept; it is as outdated as poodle skirts and penny loafers — or the idea that someone can be (or even try to be) objective.

And the subculture of Christians who made it a four-letter word is at least partly to blame.

We made sexual abstinence a four-letter word, and that word is “Don’t.”

That’s all the world around us can hear…

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I like to go to church now and then To hear I’m doing right is good news I dress up so I do not offend and wear my old, soft, comft’rble shoes.

I want my old soft comft’rble shoes to tap my feet to gospel-and-blues Church is a holy place You’re there by walking, not grace So wear your old, soft comft’rble shoes.

The Bible’s so convenient for me It…

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“Safe?” said Mr. Beaver; “don’t you hear what Mrs. Beaver tells you? Who said anything about safe? ‘Course he isn’t safe. But he’s good. He’s the King, I tell you.”

In the children’s classic The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, C.S. Lewis’ oft-quoted passage about Aslan (Narnia’s own Lion of the Tribe of Judah) gives the readers in post-World War…

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If I could cast a single vision for the future of the Churches of Christ — a vision that I would want to be in God’s image, rather than mine! — I would want to see us focusing less on subtraction and division, and concentrating more on addition and multiplication.

I think we’ve spent the past couple of decades squandering too much of those precious years with navel-gazing and holy-moaning about how…

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