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    David Cook returns to the town of Wee Waa in country NSW for a weekend of Easter ministry and reflects on the enduring legacy of people he served with as their pastor over thirty years ago. “They grew cotton, but … Continue reading

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    William Willimon muses on the implications of Jesus being the way: Surely Jesus means more than simply his way of life (and death) is to be the disciples’ way. He doesn’t say that his philosophy is the way (as Plato … Continue reading

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    Five ways to recognise if a church newcomer is a church-shopper from Carey Nieuwhof. “Trying to appease a serial church shopper is an exercise in pleasing the un-pleasable.” Read the whole post here.

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    Helpful thoughts from Steve Brown reflecting on the conscious choice of Jesus to be involved in the lives of others, and all that choice entails. What does that mean for us. Jesus refused to be a loner. Jesus is God … Continue reading

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    Randy Alcorn wonders why Christians seem so unhappy, and offers thoughts on why this should not be so. There seem to be a lot of outraged Christians around, and they seem to be outraged in mirror to the culture of … Continue reading

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    From an article on the St Helen’s blog: We should walk into church with something of the following attitude. 1. Walk into church… as partners in the gospel As Charlie preached to us from Philippians, he showed us that Paul … Continue reading

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    A reflection on life, human expectation, personal growth, and what matters above all from Jean Williams. An excerpt: God is the author of my story. And he’s a far better author than I could ever be. I wouldn’t have written … Continue reading

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    Balanced Christian teaching should invoke three areas, respecting their relative order, while maintaining the necessity of all three to be active. The three are: what Jesus has done for us and to us; what Jesus enables and empowers us to … Continue reading

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    Brian Chapell has an upcoming book Unlimited Grace. Apparently there’s a new ministry called Unlimited Grace being launched too. Here Chapell talks about how grace is not only the beginning of the Christian life, but it is also all of … Continue reading

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    On the St. Helen’s Preaching Matters video blog William Taylor outlines an overview of the Gospels that looks for the author’s intent to train in discipleship and evangelism in ways that should shape our corporate and individual lives as Christians. … Continue reading

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    There are plenty of reminders in my internet referring to All Saints Day, a part of the church year remembered on November 1 and the first Sunday in November. One feature of those reminders that I like is the process … Continue reading

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    Week by week worship is informed by a long-term desire to grow the theological health of the congregation by a balanced and comprehensive use of sources. There is a temptation in our jobs to operate solely within the week-to-week grind. … Continue reading

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    A significant aspect of Jesus’ character and identity was the fruit of prayer. Those who follow him grow their character and identity the same way. From Edmund Clowney at Ligonier: They devoted themselves to prayer because they had devoted themselves … Continue reading

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    The first of two posts by Steve McAlpine interacting with the basic ideas expressed in the post by Murray Lean I linked to last week called The Creeping Trend Of Church Absenteeism. Two significant points that I liked were firstly; … Continue reading

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    Zack Eswine reminds us that we don’t have to feel sorry for John the baptist. He was not eclipsed by Jesus. He was everything he was meant to be. There’s liberty in that lesson for all of us. The freedom … Continue reading

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    Dan Rockwell observes that: “Building an environment of growth is one of leadership’s greatest challenges and opportunities.” From his post: Community: Growth requires community. We stagnate and die in isolation. Everyone needs seclusion to refresh and reflect. But growth requires … Continue reading

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    Jen Oshman writes about the product of a tendency to desire a comfortable, easy to manage life – a comfortable easy to manage God. From the article: There’s a destructive cycle often lived out in Western, wealthy Christianity – and … Continue reading

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    Our human hearts were once described as factories that produce idols. Jared Wilson points out that production can continue in the life of the Christian, and can occur in the settings in which we gather for worship each week. From … Continue reading

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    The joys of advancing years include a more necessary interest in personal health. Stanley Gale observes that, by contrast, an individual’s spiritual health can be in jeopardy at any age, and that there are a number of commonly observable conditions … Continue reading

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    David Murray asks “Why do we take our individual, personality, character, gifts, or calling and make that the sum total of godliness for everyone else?” After numerous examples of what he means, he sums up: “Godliness should be measured not … Continue reading

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