Truth, Grace, and Love: Rightly Representing Christ in a Social Media Culture

The Struggle is Real As I write blogs I often find myself doing a reality check to ensure that what I'm writing actually portrays who I am. I feel a tremendous responsibility to be authentic and genuine in the things I write, striving to point others to Christ as the ultimate satisfaction and fulfillment for …

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Meaningful Church Membership

Currently, our church elders are examining what it means to be a member of our local body of believers. We've searched the Scriptures, pondering the various aspects of church membership, and we've presented our conclusions to the church body throughout several of our members' meetings. A few questions arose out of those meetings that I …

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Are You a Strong “Neck”?

Currently I'm reading Aimee Byrd's latest book, No Little Women: Equipping All Women in the Household of God, and I was hooked after just the first few pages. Not only is it written to women, but also to pastors as they seek to diligently shepherd the women within their congregations. In the book, Byrd points out that …

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Parenting: The Heart of the Matter

I often jokingly say that before I became a parent, I was the "perfect parent." Can anyone relate? At times I would criticize others and the way they parented their children, believing that I would have handled unpleasant situations rightly and that my child would never [insert random act of disobedience here]. Sadly, I assumed that snotty-nosed …

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The World and the Christian: Made for Each Other?

What is the proper posture for a Christian to take towards the world? Should Christians retreat from the world and live in isolation? Should we look down upon the world in criticism and condemnation? Should we just go “all in” and look no different from the world at all? Or is there some other way? …

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Not Just Another Halloween: Why the Protestant Reformation Matters to You

What is the Protestant Reformation? For many, October 31, 2017 will be just another Halloween, as super heroes, goblins, and farm animals march up to your doorstep exclaiming, "Trick or treat," as they eagerly wait for candy to be dropped into their buckets. For others, however, October 31, 2017 is truly significant, marking the 500th …

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Smartphone: Friend or Foe… or Both?

Do you own a smartphone? Odds are you do, especially if you're reading this blog post. And if you do own a smartphone, then you have firsthand knowledge of this amazing device which serves as not only a phone but also a calendar, Bible, camera, calculator, alarm clock, and flashlight, while storing music, books, magazines, …

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