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Why Church Isn’t Comfortable (and Shouldn’t Be)

Does your church make you feel uncomfortable? Of course, who wants that? There’s definitely a part of me that wants church to be comfortable, not...

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Can I Be Thankful for Church?

Without a habit of verbalizing gratitude, believers can easily develop a critical attitude toward the church. What can we be thankful for? A lot!

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A Time When Christian Baptism Undermined Racism

As part of his daily prayers, a typical first-century Jewish man began by thanking God for not making him a Gentile, a slave—and finally—for not...

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Why We Need to Rethink "In Essentials, Unity; In Nonessentials, Liberty"

It’s true that not everything in the Bible is of equal weight. But I am worried that we have drawn too stark a line between...

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What is the Purpose of Preaching?

Two points in particular changed the way I thought about preaching: the activity of God’s Word and the purpose of preaching.

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What to Do If You’re Chronically Frustrated at Church

We live in an age of constant dissatisfaction. How can we stop the cycle of discontent?

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Why the Bible Doesn’t Teach Us to Be Colorblind

When the Judaizers infiltrated the churches of Galatia, they brought these attitudes with them. Looking to their Jewish ethnicity, cultural, and ceremonial trappings to guarantee...

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7 Things I Love about Liturgical Protestant Worship

Sometimes the idea of “formal worship” scares people. 

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Why the Church Must Become a Cross-Cultural Community

Do we believe that the gospel really has the power to create not only saved individuals but also a saved culture? The Bible proclaims such...

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How to Make Your Church Uncomfortable

Comfortable churches are all too common. Comfortable Christianity is a great way to kill the gospel and snuff out the church's mission. Christianity is supposed...