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APRIL 2019 E-NEWS   Canoeing or Hiking? The Face of the Future for Church Leaders Last month, I offered some initial insights into the changing contexts of congregations in North America. Before pursuing those insights more fully, I want to offer a metaphor that might be useful for the season that Christian leaders currently face….

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“I appeared to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob as God Almighty, but by my name ‘The LORD’ I did not make myself known to them.” (Ex. 6:3)

Have you ever had an “ah-ha!” moment while reading Scripture? Something that let you know either that you had finally figured something out, or at least that you’ve been wrong in your thinking? Well a few years ago, this was it for…

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She is just like me, I heard myself say as I was describing my almost 2-year old daughter to a table full of male colleagues. She’s sassy and bossy and very opinionated. She runs the house. She tells her two older brothers what to do and I feel sure they will live their lives looking for her approval. She is also tender…

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When Jesus saw his mother there, and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to her, “Woman, here is your son,” and to the disciple, “Here is your mother.” From that time on, this disciple took her into his home” (John 19:26-27). Jesus looked at two people he dearly loved and said, “Friend, here’s someone who will love you through this. Sweet Woman, here’s someone…

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There are a lot of daily devotional books on the market but nothing quite like Mark Lanier’s “Torah for Living.” When I heard Mark was coming out with a book on Torah I nerded out a bit and figured it would be something that would challenge my brain. What I got instead…

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You are likely familiar with the relationship cliché when one person says to another, “I’m not a mind reader,” meaning, “You have to tell me what you are thinking rather than expecting me to just know.” Communication of expectations and desires is vital to healthy relationships. People might know one another so well that they can guess what the other is thinking, but it is still guess work. And it sure is…

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For years, I have endeavored to consult every lexicon, dictionary, and opinion about the term torah. The term is difficult to define for good reason. Sometimes torah is used for the first five books of what we call the Old Testament, or Pentateuch. Some define the writings from Genesis to Malachi as torah. Sometimes torah is a technical term for particular bodies of legal material that we…

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When modern disciples think of “the law,” or torah, we tend to think of complicated rules, regulations and arcane sentiments.  Many would probably express sentiments like the torah is the essence of legalism and ritualism.  What we modern disciples are likely not to think of is love, grace, joy, intimacy and prayer.

Love….

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“What is the Bible and what do we do with it?” This is a question that one of my favorite scholars, Peter Enns, asks and attempts to answer regularly. Some may be tempted to say that the answer is simple: The Bible is the inspired word of God and its purpose is to tell us…

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This is the first article in a series of three articles by Dr. Leonard Allen of Lipscomb University on the Holy Spirit in Churches of Christ. I hope you will follow this series closely. Part 2 will post May 4. Part 3 will post June 8.

All of this is a lead up to Lipscomb’s Summer Celebration that is happening June 26-28. Please…

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