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thoughts on the third commandment

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We all know the type, the person that comes to church and maybe even bible study class but conveniently ducks out of worship--maybe all of it or maybe just the sermon--to 'fellowship' and have a cup of coffee instead of attending to the preaching of the Word. Usually folks like that are pretty smug about the whole thing, . . .

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August 12, 2021

fearing and loving God

thoughts on the catechism and worship

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In his explanation of the commandments, Luther beings every one with these words, 'We should fear and love God and...'

It is perhaps well known that there are some Christians today who maintain that Luther made a mistake in this. They strike out the 'fear' and say that we should love God, nothing more.
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August 11, 2021

relevance: a failed experiment in American Christianity

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Since the end of the 1950s, American Christians across the entire denominational spectrum have been enamored with 'relevance,' most commonly touted as a means by which to keep youth in the church and attract the unchurched. At its best, this goal was pursued to make Christianity more understandable to outsiders. At its . . .

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July 14, 2021

speaking of the Trinity

troubles brewing in the SBC?

The messengers to the 2021 Southern Baptist Convention just elected a new president, Dr. Ed Litton, who has pastored Redemption Church in the Mobile, AL, area since 1994. I keep tabs on things brewing the SBC but have never heard of Litton or the church where he serves, so I looked them up online. At first blush, there's nothing . . .

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June 16, 2021

pray without ceasing

recommended resources for getting started with the Daily Office

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In my last post, I promised to detail some resources I've found helpful in learning to pray the Daily Office. If you're wondering what prompted this post, I suggest you start there. Don't worry, this article isn't going anywhere. It will be here when you get back!

As I mentioned before, there are a number of . . .

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May 08, 2020

I'm done with online 'worship'

a plea to abandon virtual 'worship' in favor of learning to pray

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I'm done with online 'corporate worship.'
I detest it. I can't stand it. It makes me want to scream.
I tried to make the best of it, I really did, but I've decided that I despise everything about it.

It is neither corporate nor worship. It is a facade, not even a decent interim solution to our . . .

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April 22, 2020

the Church: essential or non-essential?

considering church in the midst of global pandemic

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In the past couple weeks, as cities, counties, and states across the United States and around the world have basically shut down to help slow the spread of Coronavirus, leaders have tended to categorize everything as 'essential' or 'non-essential.' The idea being, of course, that essential services, activities, and . . .

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March 26, 2020

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