Thinking about Worship

The Business of Prayer

“Prayer, whatever else it may be, is not calling God’s attention to things He’s not aware of, nor is it urging Him to do His duty. No, its rather a conversation in which we speak our minds and God speaks His. We talk and we listen until we get into His mind and He gets […]

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The Touchable God

The Touchable God

“The Christian idea of God as a loving Father is interwoven into the very fabric of our mind and heart; but it was a new idea. To the Jew the basic idea of God was that he was holy in the sense of being different. In no sense did he share our human experience and was in fact incapable […]

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Thinking about Discipleship

Deliverance beyond our Feeling

Deliverance beyond our Feeling

Christians are persons who no longer seek their salvation, their deliverance, their justification in themselves, but in Jesus Christ alone. They know that God’s Word in Jesus Christ pronounces them guilty, even when they feel nothing of their own guilt, and that God’s Word in Jesus Christ pronounces them free and righteous even when they […]

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Called to Peace

Called to Peace

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.” Matthew 5:9 “Jesus’ followers are called to peace. When Jesus called them, they found their peace. Now they are not only to have peace, but they are to make peace. To do this they renounce violence and strife. Those things never help the […]

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Thinking about Community

The Danger of Christian Idealism

The Danger of Christian Idealism

From Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Life Together ‘Those who love their dream of a Christian community more than the Christian community itself become destroyers of that Christian community…

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Why the World needs the Church

Why the World needs the Church

“From a Christian point of view, the world need the church, not to help the world run more smoothly or to make the world a better and safer place for Christians to live. Rather, the world needs the church because without the church, the world does not know who it is. The only way for […]

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Thinking about Mission

What poverty is

What poverty is

“Poverty is not simply a lack of income, or other material attributes such as housing, food, access to fresh water or consumer goods. Such needs are, of course, fundamental symptoms of what it is like to be poor, but poverty has far wider dimensions; poverty is a lack of opportunity, a lack of power over […]

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A Long View

A Long View

It helps, now and then, to step back and take a long view. The kingdom is not only beyond our efforts, it is even beyond our vision. We accomplish in our lifetime only a tiny fraction of the magnificent enterprise that is God’s work. Nothing we do is complete, which is a way of saying that the kingdom […]

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The Wise, the Foolish & the Bad

Henry Cloud on we can best deal with some of the different types of folks we will inevitably meet on our journey as leaders. From Dissenterdan on Vimeo.

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The Tabernacle

Put this together for my sermon on Hebrews 9. The images are courtesy of Tim Challies. Enjoy!

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10,000 Reasons – Matt Redman

A great song!

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