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The Problem with (Prescriptive) Pluralism

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We live in a time and society of religious pluralism. Should Christians view this as a good or bad thing? And how should we live in light of this reality? In order to answer those questions, we have to first understand the definition of “religious pluralism” and then examine it with a critical eye. Two … Continued


Not a Concert and TED Talk – a Dialogue

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Throughout the time we have been studying worship in our “Back to Worship” sermon series at Faith Church, I have been thinking about a comment I heard a number of years ago about church worship services. Essentially, someone stated that many people view a church worship service as a concert followed by a TED Talk, … Continued


Why Four Gospels?

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Have you ever paused and pondered why the New Testament features four gospels – four separate accounts of the life of Jesus? This phenomenon came about in the very early days of the church and is shared by Christians in all branches and traditions, so we may very well take it for granted and not … Continued


Back to the Bible

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We are in the midst of a sermon series at Faith Church called “Back to Worship” in which we are thinking about the nature of Christian worship. The hope of the series is to make us aware that worship is much more than just the weekly gathering of God’s people (and more than the singing … Continued


Finding Truth in the Internet Age: Helps from Proverbs

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We live in an age where information abounds but wisdom languishes. While I am immensely thankful that so much information is easily accessible because of the internet, I am also deeply concerned because it can pass along false information. Anyone can publish their thoughts. Ideas can spread due to their packaging or appeal rather than … Continued


Exploring Ezekiel

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Starting next week, Faith Church’s 4 Year Bible Reading plan will journey through the Old Testament Book of Ezekiel. I’d be the first to say that this is one of the more difficult books to read and understand in all the Bible. I realize I recently said the same thing about the Book of Jeremiah, … Continued


Re-Examining Proverbs 22:6 in An Age of Deconstruction

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One of the most familiar passages from the Book of Proverbs is Proverbs 22:6: “Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it” (KJV and ESV). This verse has both encouraged and discouraged parents. It has been used to encourage parents to take … Continued


Proverbs, Global Leadership Summit, and General Revelation

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Over the past month, I have been immersed in the Old Testament Book of Proverbs by preaching from it and reading it as part of a challenge given as we began this sermon series. I have studied and taught Proverbs multiple times, however, this recent season has made me appreciate the book more and hopefully … Continued


Shepherds and Wolves, Servants and Widows

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It’s become an annual tradition on this blog to post thoughts concerning church leaders around the time that Faith Church installs its new elders and deacons, with past posts including 2021 – Elders and Deacons, Shepherds and Servants; 2020 – Remembering Leaders in This Time; 2019 – Church Officers: Elders and Deacons, and 2018 – … Continued


Reflections a Month After Dobbs

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Over a month has passed since the Supreme Court of the United States issued its ruling in the case of Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization on June 24. The landmark nature of this decision – overturning Roe v. Wade’s ruling that there is a constitutional right to abortion – prompted a barrage of people … Continued


The Lord’s Prayers

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I’ve spent the past few weeks examining and exploring the “Lord’s Prayer” – the prayer that Jesus taught in Matthew 6:9-13. Many years ago, someone pointed out to me that this is a prayer Jesus taught his disciples to pray, but not one that he could ever pray himself since he would not need to … Continued


Is “The Kingdom, the Power, and the GLory” Part of the Lord’s Prayer

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A number of years ago, a friend of mine attended the funeral for a work colleague’s family member and had something embarrassing happen to him. This funeral was in a Catholic church, and since my friend grew up in a Protestant church, he was unfamiliar with many of the different elements of the liturgy in … Continued


Deliver us from Evil …. or the Evil One?

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Apart from the style of English used in reciting the Lord’s Prayer (old English: “who art…Thy Name” or modern English: “who is…Your Name”), the most common variation saying the Lord’s Prayer concerns the fifth petition (“forgive us”) and the choice of “debts” or “trespasses” (as discussed in this post). A less common, but real difference … Continued


Debts or Trespasses?

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I’ve been a part of many gatherings where we have recited the Lord’s Prayer in unison. All usually goes smoothly until we get to the fifth petition where someone will say “forgive us our debts” and others say “forgive us our trespasses.” I suspect many of the readers of this blog have experienced that as … Continued


What is Our Daily Bread?

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The fourth petition in the Lord’s Prayer is “Give us this day our daily bread.” The phrase “daily bread” has become a common phrase, particularly in Christian circles. However, the meaning of “daily bread” has been one of the most disputed aspects of the Lord’s Prayer throughout church history. Let me explain why and then … Continued


Hallowed Be Your Name, Your Kingdom Come, Your Will Be Done

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The prayer that Jesus taught his disciples to pray in Matthew 6:9-13 (commonly called the “Lord’s Prayer”) features six different requests: 1) Hallowed be your name, 2) Your kingdom come, 3) Your will be done, 4) Give us this day our daily bread, 5) Forgive us our debts, and 6) Lead us not into temptation … Continued


Our Father in Heaven

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The Lord’s Prayer is probably the most commonly recited prayer both in public worship gatherings and also in the private life of Christians. This familiarity can result in us not always considering what the words mean. Not praying the prayer won’t help that (as Jesus taught his disciples to pray it). Instead, we should pause … Continued


Learning From Jesus How to Pray

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Many things in life are learned either through example or instruction…or a combination of both. We watch and listen as others do something and then we try to imitate what they do, and we listen to instruction which hopefully will help us learn the fundamentals with greater understanding. This is likely how we learn to … Continued


Using Today’s Technology Wisely: Part 2, 7 Tips to Consider

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In the previous post, I offered observations about the nature of technology and how the biblical storyline (Creation-Fall-Redemption-New Creation) helps us think about technology. In essence, technology is using things created by God to amplify our abilities, but such abilities also come with a cost (on this side of the fall into sin); thus we … Continued


Using Today’s Technology Wisely: Part 1, Technology and The Story of Scripture

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Because we live in a world with so much ever-developing technology, it seems wise for Christians to regularly reflect on this technology available to us. Over the past few years I have given thought to cell phones (see this post from 2018) and the internet (see this sermon series from 2021), and I recently examined … Continued


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WHY?

Finding Hope and Meaning in Suffering

It’s the question that relentlessly haunts the deepest places of our hearts and minds. Why? Why, God? Why, this? Why, me? Why, now? Yet even in the darkest, saddest, most unthinkable moments, we are not in those spaces alone. God shouts his presence in our pain and whispers his stubborn love in our midnights. Over the next 4 weeks, lean in and let us love and encourage you with the beautiful truth that comes from our all-knowing, nothing escapes Him, He’s got you – God. Why not?

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