Category - Commentary

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How Do You Value Your Time
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New Year, Same Everything Else
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Are You A #BigTentChristian?
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Growing Up Is Hard To Do
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Dangers Of Riding The Tide

How Do You Value Your Time

    It is hard to believe that we are already heading into the fourth quarter of 2018. Time has seemed to have passed at a particularly rapid rate this year. I realize it hasn’t, it has passed at exactly the same pace it always passes. But if nothing else, it illuminates for us the preciousness of time and how finite of a resource time really is. Given this reality, it behooves me to ask[…]

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New Year, Same Everything Else

    As we enter the new 2018 calendar year, all one sees on social media is the hype and glad handing of “making this your best year yet”. Best at what exactly, existing? The constant desire to be seen and heard and  known for an endless array of encouragement and self-propagated wisdom is a dangerous road to travel for the christian leader. Our role, if it be anything at all, is to point the[…]

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Are You A #BigTentChristian?

    I am sometimes asked how widely diverse we are aiming for our membership to be. My answer will always be, “As wide and deep as we can be.”  To not open our doors to the vast variety of the different “streams” of belief and practice is short sighted and damaging to the overall health and influence of God’s church. This mindset that asks the question in the first place, with an underlying concern[…]

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Growing Up Is Hard To Do

  Actor and realist, Marlon Brando is quoted as saying, “Acting is the expression of a neurotic impulse. It’s a bum’s life. Quitting acting, that’s the sign of maturity.” And although I really cannot speak to the reasoning that happens in an actor’s brain, Mr. Brando is on to something. Maturity is less about attainment, and more about attitude. As christians, we need to learn from this view. For many, our personal platforms and ability[…]

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Dangers Of Riding The Tide

  I recently was in a meeting with a church listening to their reluctance of trying to raise money for a new building. As we discussed the culture of the church and why they were so reluctant, it turned out it was due to right motives – they didn’t want to try and be “big” for the sake of being “big”. It was refreshing. A large push in the western church is the mindset that[…]

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