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Three Teachers and a Pastor's Wife: My Journey with Understanding Same Sex Attraction (Part One)

In March of 2014 I found myself sitting at a wedding reception of some dear friends. Assigned seating had placed me next to a man who appeared to be about my age. Next to him was a man older than me by about 10 years. The man next to me and I made quick introductions. He knew the guy to my right was the pastor who had just officiated the ceremony, which made me a pastor's...

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Three Teachers and a Pastor's Wife: My Journey with Understanding Same-Sex Attraction (Part Three)

In December 2015 I took some pictures of my son-in-law's family. None of us knew it would be the last pictures taken of his father Ray, who died days later. Ray's life impacted many, including mine. (I love this picture below of Ray holding our grandson Silas, surrounded by his grandparents on his first birthday.) As I dressed for the funeral, I didn't consider that it wou...

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Three Teachers and a Pastor's Wife: My Journey with Understanding Same-Sex Attraction (Part Two)

My last post introduced you to two people in my life when it comes to understanding and loving those who experience same-sex attraction (SSA). God used Mom and David to prepare me for things I couldn't have anticipated experiencing in the years after they became shaping influences in my life. The day when I saw next to Kirk at the wedding reception I knew what was importa...

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Being a "First-Responder" Christian

Sheree Phillips explains what it means to be a "First-Responder" Christian, and why it should be a goal of all of ours. ...

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And Soon the Light Shall Come

Yesterday was All Hallows' Eve. Today is All Saints Day. But soon comes Advent. ...

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Boring Obedience

Sheree Phillips on how being faithful and obedience can seem boring or ordinary ...

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The Importance of Faith

Dave Pearce contributes a post about the importance of practical, active faith in God....

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When Music Led to Crime: My Neighbor's Story

Janelle Garrett tells the story of one of her neighbors, and what it can teach us about music, discernment and the heart...

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Being Needy Qualifies Me to Be Needed

Cory ran onto the court beaming from ear to ear. It was his moment. He knew he was the least valuable player but his team was up by a lot and it didn't seem he minded only going in when his mistakes wouldn't result in a a loss. He was more interested in winning than in playing, because even though he hadn't scored a single point all season the guys still welcomed him into ...

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TGC15 and a Controversial Day About Justice

The Gospel Coalition just finished their national conference; one of the days focused on the issue of justice. Here's what one of our church members recaps the day. ...

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When "Good Friday" Doesn't Seem Very Good

Taraleigh Davis on how to see the good despite the darkness, how to cling to the hope of the promise we've been given even when it seems like the enemy is winning. ...

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Hunger, Thirst and Be Angry

Joey Phillips writes about our pursuit of corporate and personal righteousness, and how such pursuit is impossible without anger. ...

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Useless Bonfires and the Enemy Within

Sheree Phillips tells the story of Paul and his useless bonfire. How do we mortify our temptations to worldliness? How do we find our contentment in Christ alone? What does it mean to abide in Christ?...

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Waiting and the Mercy of God

Recently, Sheree Phillips wrote a transparent and helpful post on the struggle of waiting for God. If you're like her (and me), then you probably have an aversion to waiting for just about anything. And the reality is that if you're a Westerner, you're probably just like us in this way. It's no new revelation that with our culture-wide embrace of fast food, fast cash, and ...

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Modest is Hottest Or Something Like That

Modest dress is a worthy discussion (after all, the Bible does talk about it!) but modesty includes far more than what can be seen on the outside. In fact, the definition of modest is not “Women who dress culturally appropriate.” Rather, the definition is “the quality of being modest; freedom from vanity, boastfulness, etc.” I didn’t see “Modest is hottest” a...

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Toward a Better Understanding of Suffering Part 1

suffering4 This likely won't be my most popular post (not that I'm under any illusion that any of my posts are widely read). But I believe this issue to be so important that it needs to be discussed, particularly among those of us from a younger generation. For those of us who haven't experienced the pressures of real financial hardship, who haven't mourned the death of...

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The Word of God in Jeremiah

I love God's Word. I hope you do too. I love knowing that because of what Jesus accomplished for me in the gospel, earning my righteousness by living a perfect life, absorbing the penalty for my sin at the cross, and rising from the dead to secure my new life in him, I can sit at his feet and commune with the living God in a completely restored relationship. And I love tha...

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I Will Offend You

I will offend you. And you will offend me. This is the harsh reality of life as a part of God's eternal kingdom while still living in our sinful flesh as inhabitants of our broken world. As brothers and sisters in Christ we will offend each other, and it will likely happen often. I wish this was not true, but both experience and Scripture validate this hard truth (see Matt...

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