Tag Archives: Love

Proving God

If you think back to childhood, you can likely still hear those taunting words on the playground. You made a challenging statement. Perhaps you said you could beat someone in a race. Or maybe you said something that just seemed unbelievable. And the indignant reply from the other child was the ever-popular phrase “prove it!”…

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Love Them More

Recently, a friend of a friend told me that a pastor from Jordan would be visiting my area and would have time for a small get-together and lunch. I’m a rather eclectic fellow and did not want to pass up such a wonderful opportunity to glean from the wisdom and perspective of a…

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Knowing What Is Best

The fact that there is an ethical dimension to Christianity is undisputed. The dispute regarding ethics lies in how that dimension relates to salvation. In one simplified version we could ask, “What is the relationship between works and grace?” Unfortunately, polemics drive people to poles where a more cooperative discussion would lead to…

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But, Isn’t That…Selfish? The Paradoxical Nature of Love

This is part 1 of an ongoing series. Find the rest of the series here. — Last month I shared an article referencing a sheet of paper I have hanging up in my office with the title, “7 Responses for Healthy Systems”. This list comes from Peter Steinke’s excellent little book How Your Church…

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3 Ways Small Churches Can Love Their City

Small churches often face a unique set of challenges that prevent them from making the kind of difference in their community for which they wish.  Such lists include, among other things, the challenges associated with financial resources, facilities, paid staff, and even location.   While small churches should treat each of these limitations…

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