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Apologetics: Old and New Positions

Christian apologetics has historically most often suffered at the hands of those who have been doggedly committed to offensive methodologies, “offensive” in both of its nuances of meaning. We must not assume that such offensiveness pertains only to the field of...

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Joyful Fatigue

When I was a child my father insightfully prepared for life when he said, “Son, life is hard and then you die.” This “salt of the earth” axiom has proven true over and over again in my life, at least the first half (and I anticipate the second half coming to fruition...

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The Two-Advent Messiah

Coming out of the Christmas season, we have been reminded of the reason Jesus came. Sometimes we call it the advent season because we commemorate Christ’s advent (arrival) two thousand years ago. But let us remember that Immanuel is not a one-advent Messiah. The...

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The Promise of Christmas

One of my favorite Christmas hymns has a line, “Long lay the world in sin and error pining.” The story of Christmas is about God’s promises. The first promise goes back before the manger, before the wise men, before all the prophets—even before sin entered the world....

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The Church’s One Foundation

The concept may seem basic, but the longer I’m a Christian and the longer I’m a pastor, the more confusion I see in practice and hear in popular Christian teaching about the church. Who talks about the church being the bride, the betrothed of Christ with whom He’s...

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Belonging to Christ

The Scriptures teach that Christians belong to Christ. He owns those whom he has bought with his own blood, and those who have believed in him are at home in His eternal family. This reality is expressed in various ways throughout the New Testament, but one of the...

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What to Say: Principles for Speaking Between Songs

I often get asked by fellow church musicians how to think through what to say before, between, and after songs in corporate worship. It’s not a minor question. As leaders, we have the responsibility to intentionally point people to truth and to stir them to think and...

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The Pastor’s “Typical” Week

With a stethoscope over his heart, the doctor inquired, “What’s a typical week for a pastor?” He didn’t know whether to laugh or cry. “You see Doc, ‘typical’ doesn’t exist for the pastor. It’s a myth, a dream, and a mirage in the desert of my so-called busyness.” His...

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Age of Anxiety

When live in an age of anxiety. Despite the fact that we possess more than we have ever possessed and we live longer than we have ever lived, most people have never been more anxious. There is a lingering cloud of worry that oppressively chokes the joy out of life and...

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