How NOT to Apologize (with Help from Justin Bieber)

How NOT to Apologize (with Help from Justin Bieber)

Introduction Before we begin, let me publicly and shamelessly acknowledge that I am a Belieber. Justin Bieber is a highly talented singer and performer and his latest album, Purpose, includes a number of very strong pop songs. Having said that, for all of his musical...

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You Can Always Have What You Want

You Can Always Have What You Want

When we think of the pursuit of glory, power and treasures we think of self-destructive and harmful characters like Walter White and Gordon Gekko. So as Christians we hear and repeat counsel such as: Don’t pursue glory. Don’t focus your efforts on accumulating...

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Reflections on the Just Gospel Conference

Reflections on the Just Gospel Conference

I am not a fan of Christian conferences. As a rule, they all tend to be dominated by the same speakers talking about the same things to an audience of more or less the same people. On top of that, they both depend on the Christian celebrity culture to succeed and...

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5 Reasons to Consider Planting a House Church

INTRODUCTION There are various church planting models. The Bible doesn't prescribe to us any one of them in particular. For this reason, we have the freedom to plant our church according to the model that best corresponds to our objectives and culture, as long as it...

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4 Tips for Improving Your Bible Study

As Christians, small group Bible studies are one of the most powerful tools we have as we strive to obey Jesus’ command to make disciples of all nations. As a pastor, two of my favorite things about small group Bible studies are that 1) they can be lead by anyone and...

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Our Misunderstanding of Legalism

In my 16 years of following Jesus, I have never once heard someone self-identify as a legalist. Not once. Yet I have countless times heard someone identify another Christian as a legalist. The fact that the word "legalist" is used exclusively to label someone else,...

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Choosing the Right Worship Songs

Why do we sing in church? Is it because it’s fun? Because it’s tradition? Because it feels good? It may be all of these things for some of us, but this is not why we do it. We sing in church because the New Testament commands us to. Twice. “Do not get drunk on wine,...

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