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Listening Across Racial Lines

Back in November 2019, a reporter gathered a group of white and African-American evangelical Christians at the Aaron Lake Baptist Church in Fayetteville, North Carolina to have a discussion. The group largely agreed on issues of theology and social issues such as abortion, but when the conversation turned to race relations, the president, and politics, …

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John M. Perkins

“If I get out of this jail alive, I want to preach a gospel strong enough to destroy this madness and hatred.” These are the words of John M. Perkins, civil rights hero and one of the most important American Christians in the last one hundred years.  John uttered these words as he mopped up …

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What is Justice

There has been a lot of talk about justice and social justice in the midst of racial protests that have swept our country. I think the one thing we can all agree on is that we don’t agree on the meaning of justice. For some, justice is simply equal treatment under the law. Each person …

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Gospel Meditation Example

Last week, I wrote about a spiritual practice called “Gospel Meditation”. This week, I thought I would include an example of a gospel meditation that I did a few weeks ago. It is one thing to describe something, it is sometimes clearer to demonstrate it. I begin with prayer: “Father, help me encounter Jesus Christ …

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Gospel Meditation

The difference between knowing about God and knowing God is transformation. If simply collecting information about God changed us, then James would not have written:  James 2:19 You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that – and shudder. Satan and his demons certainly have amassed information about God, but they …

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Fasting

There is a dramatic scene at the end of the book of Jonah where an entire city, the city of Nineveh, is confronted with the news that God is about to destroy them.  How do they respond to impending judgment? They declare a fast. The king decrees that no one, not even their animals, is …

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Community Worship

It may seem to be an odd time to be talking about the necessity of community worship when we have not been meeting together in person for several months. But then again, perhaps at no other time have we felt the importance of gathering together with fellow followers of Jesus more than right now. Sometimes …

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Discipling Friendships

I want to begin with a bold and provocative statement: it is nearly impossible to grow as a Christian by yourself. We need other people to walk with us. I say this because we have a relational God and a relational faith. Have you ever stopped to think about the fact that the God we …

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Generosity

Grace is any gift that God gives to undeserving sinners. God’s forgiveness is grace. Our spiritual gifts, the special abilities that we have been given by God to strengthen the church, are also grace. But have you ever thought of your generosity to others as God’s grace to you? I didn’t until I came across …

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Sabbath

“Who are you when you are not working?” That question makes me feel uncomfortable because the answer terrifies me. I have to be productive in order to have a “good day” because without accomplishments I am nothing. That is a problem. I recognize that I am more driven than most, but have you ever noticed …

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Tic-Tac-Toe Prayer

I think we were all shocked when our state government ordered all gatherings greater than ten people to be shut down. Our public worship services were canceled for the first time since the Spanish Flu of 1918. It has now been six weeks. This has raised many questions: how can we be the church if …

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