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    The Age of Angst and the Death of Calvinism

    I became what some might call a Calvinist my junior year in High school. Going to a Dutch Reformed private school where I took a “Reformed Perspectives” class certainly aided this process. I had resisted of course. Coming from a Non-denominational Bible church, I had a gut reaction against...
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    The Key to Successful Ministry

    Sometime after I graduated High School, but before I went to college I was fervently trying to decide what I was going to do with my life. As the fog began to clear and I could see that the LORD was calling me to some type of ministry, I...
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    Reading Other Peoples’ Mail

    Returning from the mailbox, you flip through the stack that is your recent prize. You begin the important task of separating the pertinent letters from the ones that will be quickly discarded without even being read. Postcards and invitations in one stack, ads in another; bills, the things you...
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    Language, Ethnicity, and Communion

    It’s St. Patrick’s Day today. It never ceases to surprise me how the USA seems to be more obsessed with its celebration than Ireland does. There is also something about St. Patrick’s day that fascinates me: That it has now apparently become a cultural affirmation of ‘Irish’ identity than a religious celebration...
  • I’m Sorry, I Can’t Pray for You

    Dear whoever you are church member, This past week you probably felt somewhat confused and hurt when I told you in no uncertain terms that I would not be able to commit to praying for you after you shared your struggles with me. Now, I did pray with you...
  • Leaving Christian Gurus Behind

    I recently read through Carl Trueman’s book Fools Rush In Where Monkey’s Fear to Tread: Taking Aim at Everyone. As a Christian who prefers not to be identified with evangelicalism, I have always appreciated Trueman’s thought provoking essays. I was especially struck by the following quote in his book:...
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    Review of For the Glory of God by Daniel I. Block

    Block, Daniel I. For the Glory of God: Recovering a Biblical Theology of Worship. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Baker Academic, 2014. 432 pages. Hardcover. Retail: $34.99. In the spring semester of 2011, I had the privilege of attending a course at Wheaton College, IL that Dr. Daniel Block taught based...
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    Redeeming the Friend Zone

    Don’t ever condemn someone to the “friend zone.” If you do, that person will become a stripper. That’s the moral of the stage musical Rock of Ages, which some of my co-bloggers and I caught during a weekend trip to Las Vegas last month. The first act launches a...
  • How a Migration Bloom Should Change Missions

    The global missions landscape is far different today than it was fifty years ago. Transportation has become steadily more efficient and cheaper over the past five decades which has set up off a migration bloom all across the globe. This migration bloom has led to large-scale movement of the...
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