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A Simple Case for Corporate Confession

One of the key axioms for the seeker-sensitive church is as follows: "Do nothing offensive, boring, or unpolished." This means that prayer is always hovering at the edge of the chopping block. Unless you make prayer really bouncy and really quick, people don't have much tolerance for it in a service that is geared for short attention spans. Yet, the problem for seeker chur...

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Quick Answers To Pro-Choice Challenges

With the reversal of Roe V. Wade becoming a real possibility, the question of abortion will come closer to home as it becomes a state issue to be voted on. People must be well versed in pro-life arguments and able to bring them persuasively. Below are key thoughts to help you toward this. The foundational point: Human life and personhood are inseparable and not diminished...

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Worship-Level Thankfulness

Thanks is supposed to be an everyday kind of thing for the Christian. But we sinners can mess up just about anything. For this reason, Thanksgiving is an immensely helpful holiday to reorient ourselves. One of the points of having traditions is to remind us of important things that we too easily forget. But let's grant that you haven't forgotten about thanks. You still giv...

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Is There A Gay Christian?

There is a growing movement within Christendom to have an acceptance of homosexuality while still holding to historical Christian sexual ethics. The Revoice Conference in 2018 was a significant step in advancing what are being called Side B Christians. Side A Christians fully embrace all tenets of LGBTQ practices, while Side B Christians see marriage as only between a man ...

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Three Answers For When God’s Judgment Seems Problematic

Our theology breakfast book reading has been tackling the difficult issue of election and the various doctrines of grace. One of the issues that arises during these kinds of discussions is the matter of God's justice. How it is just for God to choose some and not others? How it is just for God to create so many people only to send most of them to Hell? How is it just for G...

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Strengthening Our Position on Gender and Sexuality

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Lazarus, You Are No Help

A few years ago, the publishing world was hot with a very specific topic: trips to heaven. It became so common that it basically spawned its own genre that some called Heaven Tourism. The problems with this genre however were not too difficult to spot because there was information that could easily be known about this topic from the Scripture, while other details contradic...

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A Way Forward In Knowing God's Will

Knowing God's will is an ever-present issue in Christian living, and rightly so. We are called to follow Christ, to submit to his will, and to obey. These commands make it necessary to know what God wants us to do. This much is clear. But after that clarity, the chaos begins. There is no end to the wild ways people have pursued knowing God's will. People have done everythi...

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When Membership Becomes Too Meaningful

Ways to know that membership is becoming more than it is supposed to be. ...

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Too Young to Dunk? An Examination of Baptists and Baptismal Ages, 1700

This is a guest post from Caleb Morell who blogs at 9marks.org. It is brought in because we have been discussing this matter and this article is particularly helpful for a historical perspective. These days, it's common for people to get baptized at 10 or younger. This is true across many credo-baptist traditions, but perhaps especially so among Baptists. How does our c...

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