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No-bite Christianity

As John David Smith reported at the BMA of America National meeting, the United States is one of the only countries in the world where, overall, the church is in decline. There are plenty of theories available  as to why this is happening, but here is one more anyway. As a whole, I think American churches fit the cliché “all bark and no bite.” I actually think there are a great number of pastors who preach good doctrine. We have…

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Insecure, I Think

God has been stretching me — pushing me to my limits spiritually, emotionally and mentally.  It’s crazy.  If I’m honest, the push should inspire, strengthen and grow me.  However, more often than not I’ve been struggling with insecurities.  I always thought I’d be most confident and secure in my thirties! Not so.  I feel the Lord expanding my territory, increasing responsibility and requiring more than I ever imagined.  Of course, nothing is possible without Him. That much is clear. What…

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Lies the Church Believes Part 2: God Would Never Ask Me to Do Anything “Irresponsible”

I don’t think I can say it any better than David Platt does, so I’m just going to use his metaphor: If we’re going to call Jesus “Lord,” He demands that we give Him a “blank check” of our lives. This means that in all things, Jesus decides. Jesus, not we, decides where we live, what job we have, what car we drive (if any), what kind of house we live in, how much money we make, what level of…

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Lies the Church has Adopted Part 1: Sex and Marriage are the Real Sources of Fulfillment

American culture is sex-obsessed, and so are a lot of churches. We just manifest this obsession in a different way. I am convinced that the vast, vast majority of American church-goers have unknowingly adopted the mainstream view that sexual gratification is necessary to live a fulfilled, happy life. We just add the caveat that you need to be married first. If we don’t want to talk so openly about sex being ultimate, we certainly don’t have any qualms about placing…

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With all Your Mind?

In my opinion, loving the Lord with all your mind is the most widely neglected principle in the church today. It is often referred to as “the greatest commandment” — “… You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind” (Matt. 22:37 ESV). (Other reports of this command include “and with all your strength.”) Unfortunately, most Christians have a hard time obeying this rule in all three key…

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The Reality of Grammy Idols

I was so utterly discouraged Wednesday after my talk to nearly 150 teen girls, I couldn’t even write this article.  I couldn’t look at their evaluations of my program and I couldn’t understand why I couldn’t overcome my despair.  I was spent. See, mid-day on Monday I began preparing for my speech to this group.   Since I am now in my thirties — can’t believe I’m saying that —I thought it might be a good idea to do a little…

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The Curse of a “Good” Life

I’m sure your life is good.  Normal.  Your life is a perfect picture of someone living out the American dream.  Life is not perfect.  You have your ups and downs.  But, you have a family and have landed a decent job.  Fun, social events and day trips fill your calendar.  Maybe you even attend church sometimes.  Anyone observing your day-to-day activities would conclude that things are, well, good. Tonight as I sat in my living room floor, Bible open, King…

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