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Finding Truth in a Post-Truth World

Oxford Dictionaries recently announced that their word of the year for 2016 is “post-truth”. The term is defined as “relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief”. In other words, it means that people are more likely to form their […]

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4 Kinds of Churches

Churches come in all shapes, styles, and sizes, and we should not judge churches based on such trivial matters as these. But that is not to say that all churches are equal. Quite the contrary, not all churches are equal, as can be seen by reading Jesus’ scathing reviews of seven churches in Revelation 2 and […]

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The Self-Centred Gospel of Glennon Doyle Melton

The book of Jude is one of the most interesting in the New Testament. This short epistle opens up by Jude explaining that he is going to address an ugly, controversial issue (false teachers in the church) because he feels like he has to, though he would much rather write about the great gift of salvation in […]

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499 Years of Reformation

Today marks the 499th year since Martin Luther unintentionally sparked the Protestant Reformation. Noticing what he deemed to be beliefs and actions from the Catholic Church that were contrary to true Christianity, Luther penned his 95 theses and nailed it to the door of Wittenberg Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany, 1517. It was a relatively small […]

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Loving Jesus and Loving the Church Go Hand-In-Hand

In some circles it’s pretty cool these days to love Jesus and hate the Church. The last 20 years or so has seen the number of anti-church voices rise significantly, with books and blogs and entire movements surfacing that are almost singularly built on the idea that Jesus is awesome but his followers are not. […]

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A Plea For Theologically Rich Youth Ministries

Youth ministry has come a long way over the past 20 or 30 years. Fading fast are the models of ministry that were heavy on entertainment and light on truth. I am glad for this! There’s nothing wrong with having fun in youth ministry; in fact, I think it should have elements of fun. But we know […]

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When Christians Let You Down

Sooner or later someone who professes to be a follower of Jesus is going to let you down. Quite likely, you’ve already had that experience. And for many, it has happened many times. The hard reality is that people we trust and expect a lot from sometimes fail us, and when that happens, there is usually […]

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The Pleasures of True Christianity

I recently read a biography on William Wilberforce, who almost single-handedly abolished the slave trade in Great Britain and, decades later, slavery altogether in the early 1800’s. He began the fight at the age of 21 and the final law to abolish slavery was passed three days before his death over 40 years later. He […]

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A Simple Formula for Living the Christian Life

Every believer wants to be faithful to God, yet we all know this is no easy task. How can we break down the Christian life in a simple, understandable way? Granted, life is not usually simple. It is normally complex. But I think that as we consider how we can live out our faith day […]

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Pastor Google: The Most Influential Pastor in the World

According to Scripture, the job of a pastor is to shepherd people (1 Peter 5:1-2). This simply means he is to act as a spiritual guide, one who others can turn to for counsel and guidance. When people are in need of help, a pastor is meant to be someone who they can seek assistance […]

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