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Are You a Worship Service Participant or Just a Spectator?
February 17, 2021
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The alarm clock rings. And rings again. And again. Mom and Dad stumble out of bed and cajole sleepy kids to scarf down their breakfast and find shoes. Kids dawdle, Mom and Dad frantically grab coffee mugs, and somehow everyone makes it into the car. By the time you get…
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Adoniram Judson: Man of Conviction
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Adoniram Judson is perhaps the most famous Baptist foreign missionary.  He caused a sensational stir when he changed his Congregational paedobaptist convictions to become a committed Baptist.  He is widely regarded as the father of American foreign missions.  This title is appropriate because he was the first vocational missionary, and…
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A Perspective on the (Fake) News
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The (fake) news outlets thrive upon fearmongering.  No doubt about it.  And this has plagued many of the years of this new millennium.  In 2000, Y2K was predicted to destroy the entire technological sphere and thrust the whole world into the second Dark Ages.  In 2001, anthrax was supposed to…
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Facebook Cannot Replace Your Church
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At a 2017 Facebook rally in Chicago, Mark Zuckerberg suggested that the social network behemoth can effectively replace institutions like “churches and Little Leagues.” Through new breakthroughs in artificial intelligence, he aims to draw people together into Facebook Groups to serve similar functions, but in a more meaningful way. In this…
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The Beginning of Fundamentalism: The Niagara Bible Conference
September 29, 2020
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Spiritual forces were at work in nineteenth century Western society to undermine biblical authority and dash the blessed hope of the church upon the rugged terrain of unbelief.  The twin knock-out blows dealt to the Christian denominations were Darwinian evolution and historical criticism.  The only force standing in bold opposition…
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Christ’s Appearing for His Church, Part III
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Parallels Regarding First and Second Comings of Our Lord Jesus Christ As one compares the two comings of Christ, one past and the other yet future, he finds parallels.  First, both comings include several events spread out over periods of years.  The first coming of Jesus Christ included (1) the…
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Grace and Truth
September 15, 2020
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The beginning of Jesus' ministry is generally regarded as His baptism at the hands of John the Baptist. By the time Jesus stepped into his baptism line, John had built a truly massive ministry. (Matthew 3:5) The Lord had commissioned him to preach a message of forward looking repentance to…
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Christ’s Appearing for His Church, Part II
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Promises Regarding the Appearing of Jesus Christ for His Church Without doubt, the Old Testament prophets predicted the general truth of both the first and the second comings of the Lord Jesus Christ.  Because both comings were at that time yet future, the prophets delivered the messages without wholly understanding…
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Christ’s Appearing for His Church, Part I
September 8, 2020
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“…Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven” (Acts 1:11). Positions Regarding the Appearing of Jesus Christ for his Church Our generation…
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Praised, Yet Awful: A Review of Philip Yancey’s What’s So Amazing About Grace?
June 9, 2020
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In my discussion earlier in this series of Paul's seminal statement, Ye are not under the law, but under grace I mentioned Philip Yancey's influential book, "What's So Amazing About Grace?" I alluded to the fact that it, along with a few other original works and a whole bunch of…
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