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The Third Way: Beyond Escape and Beyond Despair

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The headlines these days are difficult to read without the loss of innocence. One of the more contentious presidential elections in generations, the unabated battle against terrorism, the decline of moral sensibilities so that our culture cannot even say that there are only two ...

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A Little Lesson in Bunny Trails

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There are many bunny trails that a pastor goes through when preparing a sermon.  It is not always profitable.  Lots of stuff concludes in a dead end.  BUT the journey is too important; the task of sermonizing is too significant simply to hurry through. I believe in the verbal ...

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Race in America and the Golden Rule

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Almost everyone knows the "Golden Rule." Its best form, of course, comes from the lips of the Lord Jesus, "So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets" (Matthew 7:12). In fact, we think that we know it so well that it almost has no effect ...

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On Being a Pastor for 30 Years

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Today, I have been a pastor for exactly 30 years. (written June 22, 2016) I have a profound sense of joy. Joy at the privilege of being a preacher of the Gospel and God’s Word. Joy at how I have seen the Lord hold fast on to me, when dangers, toils, and snares were within me and all around ...

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The Joy & Challenge of Community

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"Let's go to church!" When we say something like that, we usually mean that we are going to a church building for a worship service. However, the "church" is not a building; and it is not only a worship service. Jesus Christ’s church is a living, vibrant expression of Jesus Christ that the ...

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Refining the Focus of Our Church

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I once had a friend explain to me how he became lost while driving. He said that he did not know how to get to where he was going. He noticed that there was a car ahead of him that "looked like it knew where it was going." So, he followed it! Needless to say, following that car caused my friend to ...

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Your Child and Sports

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I love sports. Like most parents, I wanted my children to enjoy sports too. Given our society’s focus on sports, I thought that it might be appropriate to share some lessons that Carol and I learned about having a godly family and being a sports family. Some of our lessons were learned by ...

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The Brave New World of Equality

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It should not be news that the outcomes of success for children do in fact depend a lot on the family. However, one sociologist that has been studying this has come to some startling conclusions. Adam Swift, who has taught at such prestigious institutions as Harvard, MIT, and Wisconsin-Madison, ...

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You Can't Not Be There

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The elders and deacons at East White Oak Bible Church had a great time of fellowship and planning at our retreat last month. We discussed how best to organize our ministry, how to evaluate our church health, how to best utilize and enhance our facilities for greater effectiveness. But there was a ...

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What Does the Manger Have to do with the Grave?

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The nation’s collective conscience about the value of life is changing. We are losing our understanding of the intrinsic value of human life. However, the incarnation, the entrance of Jesus Christ to this earth as a baby, teaches us about why life is so valuable. The Drive for the "Right to ...

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