Monthly Archives: December 2009

Thinking About Time

As we come to the end of another calendar year we all think about time, at least to some extent. Time has passed and time is ahead of us, or so we think. Most of us give thanks for the … Continue reading

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The Case for ACT 3: Part Two

Yesterday, I said that "the evidence is clear that the church in America is in spiritual, moral and numerical decline. Since the Second Great Awakening (1800-1830) we have not seen decreases like those we now see in the American Church. … Continue reading

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The Case for ACT 3: Part One

The evidence is clear that the church in America is in spiritual, moral and numerical decline. Since the Second Great Awakening (1800-1830) we have not seen decreases like those we now see in the American Church. The church seems to … Continue reading

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The ACT 3 Story

Each year churches and missions express gratitude to their benefactors at the end of the calendar year. Most will also appeal for much needed year-end gifts. I have followed this pattern for seventeen years. But this year I have done … Continue reading

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Cleanliness and Godliness: Are They Related?

Lauren F. Winner, in the July-August issue of Books & Culture, writes of “the evolving standards of cleanliness” in our culture. If you have ever heard that “cleanliness” and “godliness” are related then her review of three interesting books on … Continue reading

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Anita Will Always Be the Love of My Life

Everyone who knows me personally, and who has met my wife Anita, knows that without her I would never be able to live the life I have been called by God to live for his kingdom. The best decision I … Continue reading

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Merry Christmas 2009

Christians the world over celebrate the birth of Jesus on this day. Some believe this was the actual date upon which he was born but most recognize that this date developed over centuries of Christian tradition. Regardless of how we … Continue reading

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Sharing Christ Over Christmas (A Guest Blog)

This is a guest blog contributed by my good friend Rev. Chris Castaldo. I thought it a wonderful resource for some of you who might find it very useful today or tomorrow. Many of us approach Christmas dinner brimming with … Continue reading

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Why Did Senator Ben Nelson Cave In to the Pro-Choice Pressure?

I originally wrote this blog on December 19. At the time I first wrote Senator Ben Nelson of Nebraska was refusing to support the senate version of health-care reform because of its openly pro-choice stance. I wrote, on December 19, … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Ambition

Yesterday I suggested that the dominant mark against my own life and generation is an overly aggressive ambition. This ambition is often masked by appeals to faith, to mission goals and to growth in the numbers of people we reach … Continue reading

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