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Are You A #BigTentChristian?
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Influence Is NOT An Absolute
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Growing Up Is Hard To Do
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Why I Signed My Name On The Nashville Statement
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Dangers Of Riding The Tide

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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Influence Is NOT An Absolute

I realize it is a “Duh” statement, but this concept of ‘Influence’ is not an absolute. In other words, you don’t simply have influence because you exist. After more than 20 years of gaining increasing amounts of influence in others’ lives and behaviors, I have come to realize that most who want to increase their influence, don’t because of a few simple and misunderstood reasons. Influence is based on relationship. Whether real or perceived, the[…]

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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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Why I Signed My Name On The Nashville Statement

  There have been many social media posts over the last day or two regarding the Nashville Statement. For those who are not up to speed, the statement was created by The Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood, was endorsed by a coalition of scholars, pastors, and other leaders, and is comprised of 14 affirmations and denials, addressing issues related to human sexuality. This public statement, by dealing with sexuality in this age, in our[…]

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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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