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Strengthen: Sheep and shepherds
Sep10

Strengthen: Sheep and shepherds

Rarely does a week go by without a conversation taking place in my world related to either a pastor expressing frustration regarding the congregation he serves or a church member expressing disappointment in their pastor. The common denominator in these conversations appears to be the unmet and maybe the unrealistic expectations on both sides of the equation.  These conversations have caused me to think more directly about what...

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First person: Is there a godly answer for racism? Part 1
Sep06

First person: Is there a godly answer for racism? Part 1

How can we overlook or even ignore the re-arising of overt racism in America? I said “re-arising” because as distasteful as it may be, hoods or no hoods, racism against the black race has always been a part of the American fabric. In recent days, there has been a widespread uncovering of the hatred that once turned brother against brother and divided the nation. We must ask ourselves “Was the division ever mended, and were brothers...

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Bible Q&A: Matthew the man
Apr23

Bible Q&A: Matthew the man

Once we accept the early church tradition that Matthew is responsible for the Gospel that bears his name, the questions remain: “who was he?” and “what do we know about him?” In Matthew 9:9-13, the Gospel of Matthew introduces us to a Jewish man who contracted with the Roman government to collect taxes from his own people on behalf of Rome. This man was not the kind of tax collector who went door-to-door collecting taxes; rather, he...

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Bible Q&A: What are some ways to think about the Trinity?
Apr06

Bible Q&A: What are some ways to think about the Trinity?

The idea of the three-in-oneness of God has proved to be extremely difficult to understand. It is, to be sure, an exercise well worth the effort. Ultimately, the question of the Trinity is part of an even more significant question: Do you know whom you worship? The basic fabric out of which a doctrine of God can be woven can be reduced to the following seven statements. The first three confess the name of the Triune God: (1) The...

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A biblical reminder during this election cycle
Sep28

A biblical reminder during this election cycle

Imagine a situation in which a very prominent and influential person lies and deceives repeatedly to gain an advantage over a rival. Imagine also that this rival seems impulsive and very unstable, threatening retaliation for not being treated fairly. Does this sound familiar? Do you recognize this sad and discouraging story? If you were to open the Bible and read Genesis 27, you would see this very situation played out between two...

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Eight reasons I believe in denominationalism
Jun28

Eight reasons I believe in denominationalism

Chuck Lawless is the Dean and vice-president of Graduate Studies and Ministry Centers at Southeaster Seminary I’m a Southern Baptist. We’re hardly a perfect denomination, but I’m honored to be part of our team. I realize that my generation in general tends to be more denominationally loyal than younger generations, but I don’t think my age is a primary reason I’m part of a denomination. Instead, here’s why: 1. I know I’m not alone as...

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