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Review of "Twelve Unlikely Heroes" by John MacArthur

This is my first official book review, so I would love some feedback. Twelve Unlikely Heroes How God Commissioned Unexpected People in the Bible and What He Wants to Do with You By John MacArthur Summary If there’s one the success of The Avengers movie taught us, it’s that we love heroes — and the bigger, the stronger, the flashier, the better! […]

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Giving & Receiving Criticism

“You can please some of the people, some of the time”, they say. I would add, “and some of the people who aren’t pleased have no problems telling you why.” Criticism is something we all have to deal with, isn’t it? None of us are perfect, and yet it surprises people when someone makes a mistake. As a pastor I […]

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We All Need A Good Church

I just paused my sermon prep for a moment so I could post this to the blog. I’m currently writing a sermon on The Powerful Witness of Unity in the Church and remembered that I had written in a Facebook Post earlier in the week. The two didn’t really connect in my mind until now, so I want to share […]

Special Feature

I'm Now an Official Book Blogger!

Even though blogging has its downsides (carpal tunnel and trucker butt), there are some pretty great benefits to being a blogger. Check these out: 1. All the coffee I make I get to drink… after I offer my wife a cup. 2. A chair that goes up, down, round and round, and also reclines! 3. Having a forum by which I […]

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Christian View of Suicide

During the “Ask The Pastor” meetings on Wednesday nights at the church I serve, many questions come up that I don’t have the time or equipment to be able to give a full answer to.  I believe there are many who have similar concerns and questions, so for a little while I’m going to use this forum to share a […]

Fellowship

Christian Conflict Management Tools

I have some friends that are in a difficult place, trying to help some people they know reconcile hurting relationships.  I offered to give them some helpful articles and tools, and believe that they may be able to help others. Some Articles: 1. Conflict Provides Opportunities 2. Peace-breakers, Peace-fakers, and Peacemakers 3. Four Promises of Forgiveness 4. How to Move from Forgiveness to Reconciliation […]

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Christian Meditation: Stopping & Listening

Meditation is a multifaceted and religiously loaded term.  There are many Christians today who shy away from practicing  meditation because they aren’t sure that it’s “allowed”.  Let me assure you it is, and it is the key to developing a deep life and focus on God’s priorities for you. Christian meditation only has two components:  Stopping and Listening.  Other religions […]

Discipleship

The Story of Robin

I spoke on Meditation this week, beginning with a story of a man named Robin.  Do you see yourself in his story?   Robin wakes up once again to the beeping of the alarm clock, and hits snooze one more to see if he can squeeze out nine more minutes of sleep from his morning.  He didn’t go to bed […]

Discipleship 2

I'm Angry with my Toothpaste

Oh toothpaste, how you have let me down! You promise so many things! In your TV commercials you tell me that no person can respect, love or enjoy the company of someone without shiny, white teeth. You tell me that the reason that I’m not successful in life is because my choppers are too dull. You say that if my […]

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The Complexity of Christianity

I was invited for an “Ask The Pastor” night last week and brought along this handout I’d been working on.  I sat in front of the white board and asked myself “If I am going to help the people in this church grow as Christians, then what does a fully functional disciple of Jesus look like?”  And I started to […]

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Rethinking Facebook

I almost went back on Facebook this last week.  I had left “the social network” quite some time ago for a myriad of reasons.  It was taking up a lot of time, feeding my pride, and when a friend told me Facebook was a contributing factor to his adultery, it was the last straw and I deleted my account.  It […]

Discipleship

Flame Wars in The Church

Did you know you can use salt to put out a fire?  In fact, if you have a kitchen grease fire (and don’t have a fire-extinguisher) you shouldn’t use water, but instead cover it with salt. Why bring this up?  Because there are some people out there reading this who need to use their salt (Col 4:5-6) to put out […]

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Discernment

Discernment When my daughter Eowyn was very little, she took it upon herself to simplift the alphabet.  She’s replaced all the C’s, G’s, and K’s with the letter D.  It was cute, (and if it caught on, would have made spelling a lot easier) but it made her difficult to understand at times. “Daddy, dan I have some dum or dandy […]

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Slow Down and Chew

I read recently about the importance of eating slowly.  Here’s a quote: “Most Americans eat too fast, and, as a result, they take in too many calories before they realize they’ve eaten enough. It takes approximately 20 minutes from the time you start eating for your brain to send out signals of fullness.” (source)  Wow!  20 minutes?!?  I finish my […]

Discipleship

By Request: “A Good Church”

I recently spoke at the 165th anniversary celebration for Beckwith Baptist, a church in the Ottawa area.  I got a lot of comments and requests for the text, so I thought I’d post it here this week.  It’s based on Acts 2:42-47. — A Good Church If you ask the question, “What is a church?” a lot of people will […]