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What usually happens when Christians meet?

Here are three ways of doing church: 1) Lecture: Let me tell you what I know. 2) Facilitation: Let me fish out what a few other people know. And 3) Ekklesia: Let’s go beyond what we know & let the risen … Continue reading

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Church — An Alternative Lifestyle To Popular Culture . . . Not A Religious Talk

A church meeting is supposed to be the prototype of an alternative lifestyle to popular culture, an actual demonstration of the values of the Kingdom of God, equipping people to live life like lights in the darkness–a spiritual support-group for … Continue reading

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Hey Church, We Are Family . . . (Do We Act Like It?)

Perhaps the church can learn from family . . . The Bible teaches that church is family — a body of believers bound together in spiritual kinship.  Church is hearts connected in love for Christ and for one another.   The … Continue reading

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My Top 12 Blogs For 2011

Here are links to my Top 12 Blogs For 2o11: #1)  Did Oprah Read My Book #2)  Who’s My #1 Greatest American?  William Lloyd Garrison #3)  Talk About Expensive Gas #4)  Where Did Sojourner Truth Get Her Name? #5)  Church … Continue reading

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Are Sermons Effective?

Have you ever tested the effectiveness of sermons? I did. I was a brand new pastor in my first church — Mayfield Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Mayfield, Kentucky. After finishing three years of seminary, I had been preaching for about … Continue reading

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Chemistry Lab, Biology Lab, How ‘Bout Church Lab?

If you have ever taken a high school or college science class you have been to a lab class.  For chemistry and biology, lecture is not enough.  Students need to dissect an animal for themselves to really understand its anatomy.  They … Continue reading

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Every Generation Has A Few Who Flew The Pew To Go And Do

What turns a person from a Sunday bench warmer into a spiritual reformer?  That’s a good question. Fortunately there are a few individuals in most every generation who are inspired to take the Gospel from the pew to the do.  … Continue reading

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