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Chaos Dressed in its Sunday Best

I'm not too sure how to say what I want to say. It is January 7, 2021, and we are a day removed from the events that transpired in our nation's capital. There are so many things I could say in this post. I could talk about the violence that occurred, as a protest turned riot found its way into the Capitol Building, how first responder's lives were put at risk, how a woman ...

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What is Advent?

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Jesus says in Matthew's Gospel that "the kingdom of heaven is like atreasurehidden in a field, which a man found and covered up. Thenin his joyhe goes andsells all that he hasand buys that field" (Matthew 13:44). In the world of Facebook Marketplace and eBay, selling isn't as easy as it sounds. I know I personally have items that have been on eBay for months, without a si...

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Some Thoughts on the Eve of The Election

On the eve of what many are calling, the most important election in recent history, I believe that we as Christians have an enormous opportunity to show the world what God is like. Before I unpack that, let me first explain what I don't mean. There is an enormous amount of fear surrounding this election. What if we become a socialist country? What if we lose our religi...

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Can This Be Our Cathartic Moment? (Saint Augustine and our current fragile state of America)

This is not the first time the Church has faced a crisis. Let's look back at Saint Augustine's ministry to the Church during the sack of Rome in 410 A.D., and examine his pastoral, Gospel-centered message that still relevant to us today....

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How Do We Respond to the Present Crisis as The Church?

Some prayer targets and some biblical wisdom for navigating these crazy times ...

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Active Waiting: Expectant Worship

In a season regularly portrayed as "The Most Wonderful Time of the Year," it is hard to imagine that for many people this is a season full of brokenness, loneliness, and unmet expectations. Every box, sign, and commercial has all the common phrases we are used to seeing and hearing, which happen to all be about, joy, happiness, and positive vibes. Yet for some of us, this ...

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Rejoicing Exceedingly With Great Joy

How is it possible that one event could produce such polarizing reactions? When we look at Matthew 2, the star that appeared marking the birth of Jesus drove some to the heights of joy and drove others to total madness. Not much has changed in 2000 years. Still the name of Jesus is seen as the sweetest of all names or an total intrusion into a conversation depending on wh...

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Long Walk Part of Gift

This morning, I was walking the kids through their bible curriculum. This story from 30 Days to Understanding the Bible really impacted me. I am preparing to teach through the visit of the Magi this week and this missionary testimony of a "long walk" that was in itself, part of the gift, really touched my heart as I considered the long trek that the Wise Men took to follow...

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Advent Devotion #3: Oh Come, Let Us Adore Him

O come let us adore him, O come let us adore him, O come let us adore him, Christ the Lord.... "Jesus," the angel said I am to give the child the name Jesus. "He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no ...

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Why we need new church plants on the Jersey Shore

In the famous words of Dave Letterman, "96% of all statistics are made up on the spot." Yes, it is true that according to whomever does the research, it is difficult to have no bias whatsoever in the work. And it's also true that you can often hear two statistics concerning the same topic that completely and utterly contradict one another. In prefacing with this, I want t...

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