This month: 179 - The Power of Prayer
Exploring the Heart of Restoration

Jay F Guin

My name is Jay Guin, and I’m a retired elder. I wrote The Holy Spirit and Revolutionary Grace about 18 years ago. I’ve spoken at the Pepperdine, Lipscomb, ACU, Harding, and Tulsa lectureships and at ElderLink. My wife’s name is Denise, and I have four sons, Chris, Jonathan, Tyler, and Philip. I have two grandchildren. And I practice law.


“So what does that mean about my faith? And all the other alleged contradictions?”

“Well, there have been some fairly lengthy books written laying out alleged contradictions, and some are pretty tough to sort out. This is one. But there are others.

“And I can only speak for myself, but they just don’t bother me in the least. I mean, I lose…

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Stanley leaned back and drew in a breath. “You’re right. But it still bothers me that there are these contradictions. They seem to seriously impeach the credibility — a good legal term — the credibility of these witnesses. If they’re in error about small things, then maybe they’re in error about big things.”

“Ah, we should talk about that,” I said….

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I had just taught my Sunday morning Bible class when our campus minister approached me. “You know Stanley — he’s in pre-law at the University — don’t you?” I’m a lawyer, and so I usually meet the pre-law students who come through my church’s campus ministry.

“Sure. A good kid. I little intense, I think, but that’ll serve him well when…

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In a recent post, Matt Dabbs offered 10 Predictions About the Future of Churches of Christ. I think his predictions are very insightful — so much so that I feel compelled to add a couple of thoughts.

4 – Universities and churches will compete against para-church ministries for “talent.”

I think this is true — but potentially unhealthy unless handled…

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I’ve been pondering Richard Beck’s excellent post “The Future of Churches of Christ: Table & Baptism.”

Richard writes,

In my opinion, if the (ecumenical) Churches of Christ want to maintain a distinctive and coherent identity going forward they should increasingly focus upon articulating a robust and distinctive theology as it pertains to two specific church practices which I believe, unlike…

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Paula Harrington recently posted an article called Dropping Our Nets suggesting that, if the Holy Spirit had his way with the Churches of Christ, our attitude toward the poor would be transformed–

Where are the churches of Christ headed? I hope it is to the place where the hungry aren’t judged but are fed. I hope that we learn…

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I just love this song, although I don’t think I’ve ever seen it in a hymn book. The composer is unknown. I can only find credit being given to “traditional.” And we need to sing it. All of us.

It’s a song about humility and prayer — and faith in a living Jesus who is active and who transforms those who believe in him. It’s a song that assumes Jesus…

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This month’s theme is “Our Weakness and God’s Power.” It’s a vital topic, and how the church should relate to politics is particularly important for today’s church.

The Churches of Christ, as a denomination, have long avoided politics, being heavily influenced by David Lipscomb’s Civil Government. Lipscomb, who lived through the horrors of the Civil War in Nashville, argued…

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When I mention “elders” in a Church of Christ forum, I immediately receive a negative reaction, as though all elders in the Churches of Christ are just awful — troll-like, even — just like in the illustration.

And yet our elders don’t ordain themselves. Every church I’m familiar with requires the members to nominate candidates and to comment on the scriptural…

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Much of what is written on the Internet about churches and social media is targeted toward big churches, big enough to have meetings about “branding” and “marketing.” Big enough to hire pros to help with their branding efforts.

Most Churches of Christ are 200 members or less and have only one or two ministers on staff. These churches aren’t trying to be Saddleback, but they have needs that social media…

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