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9 Questions About Church (Ecclesiology)

9 quick ecclesiastical questions . . . 1) Do we want God to actually show up in church meetings? 2) Are we willing for Him to interrupt, override, and change our program, agenda, and structure? 3) What if many people … Continue reading

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Passive Church or Participatory Church? (Rest or Revival?)

Passive or participatory church?  Rest or revival? Is church passive or is it participatory? Is it structured or is it Spirit-led? Is it forced or is it flowing? Is it lifeless or is it lively? Is it dull or is … Continue reading

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Sports reporters are asking lots of Final Four questions. Here’s mine: If a few college guys randomly throwing around a basketball won’t produce a trip to the Final Four; how in the world could a random Big Bang and a whole bunch of time have produced the incredible complexity and details of nature’s living organisms?

Perhaps the denial of God is the real anti-intellectualism — the real delusion. Has science discovered the spiritual world?  Read about “spooky action.”

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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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Is Science Close To Discovering Spiritual Reality? Check Out “Spooky Action”

In the past few years scientists have conducted experiments that show that two “entangled,” subatomic particles can communicate almost instantaneously, even if they are separated by huge distances.  They have called this phenomenon, “spooky action at a distance.” This communication … Continue reading

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Ralph Abernathy Said What!

Famous Civil Rights leader, Ralph Abernathy, was a campus speaker when I was in college at The University of Tennessee Martin. In a packed ball room he told about his experiences in the Civil Rights Movement and about working with … Continue reading

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Some Thought-Provoking Thoughts About The Things We Do In Church

Here are some Biblically based questions and thoughts about things we do in church: Would Isaiah, Jeremiah, Jonah, Ezekiel, Elijah, Elisha, Daniel, Hosea, or Amos (or any of the other Biblical prophets) have set passively in church pews for 52 Sundays a year and never challenged anything?  … Continue reading

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