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    NonBiblical VS UnBiblical, Part 1

    “All scripture is given by the inspiration of God…” 2 Timothy 3:16 KJV There is a lot of talk these days about how some of the things we do in the church of unBiblical. As I understand it, unBiblical means that it goes against the Bible. In other words it counters something that the Bible tells us. If this is true and there is something that we are doing in my church that is conflict with what the Bible teaches I would hope that someone would point it out, in love. However, I suspect that much of what is being called unBiblical is really what I would call nonBiblical. What…

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    Is it Wrong to Want Numerical Growth

    This week myself and the rest of the pastoral staff of my church took a couple days to really talk strategy. We spent two nights in a hotel and spent every waking moment together. Some of this time was spent coming closer together as a team, but most of it was to talk strategy. The major topic… NUMERICAL GROWTH. Over the years I have heard much talk about the pros and cons of numerical growth. With this topic fresh in my mind I thought I would take some time to stir the pot a little and add my thoughts to the ongoing conversation about numerical growth. Here are some of…

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    Honesty is Not ALWAYS the Best Policy

    In yesterday’s post  I talked about Jesus instructions in Matthew 18 on how we should handle conflict with a brother. Well, today I’m going to tell you when it might be OK to ignore this… sort of. A few weeks ago a person I know posted something hurtful on my wife’s Facebook wall. I don’t think this person intended to hurt her, but it still hurt. So, I confronted this person. After all Jesus said I should “go and show him his fault, just between the two of you.” And that’s exactly what I did. Well, it was a disaster. As a result of this many people that we care about…

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    If a Brother Offends You

    “Honesty is the Best Policy” Benjamin Franklin is credited with haven spoken these words. However, I think that the concept goes back a few years earlier than this. In Matthew 18:15-17 Jesus instructs us on how to handle a brother that sins against you. Jesus tells us that if a brother offends us that we should go to him and “show him his fault, just between the two of you.” This type of response is very rare in our society. This is not shocking because in our pride filled, self centered society such a response would be difficult, even impossible, for most people to manage. What is shocking, however, is…

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    Shiny Plastic People, Part 2

    In yestarday’s post I talked about how people in the church tend to smile when they are at church. Often times this leads outsiders to say that Christians are fake and that we pretend that we don’t have any problems when we go to church. At the end of that post I asked how visitors to our churches could find out that we really do have pain and that we are willing to share it. I then promised to give that answer here. So, here is the answer: Small Groups Ok, I know that this may be a little to simple, but it is true. People in the church do…