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What is the nature and purpose of the Church?

Language is great. It's powerful. It's how we communicate to one another. But language, at times, is also confusing. In English, the word "church" can be misunderstood. When talking about the church, exactly to what is one referring? The building? The activities? The people? Something bigger? Church has commonly been defined in two ways, distinguished by using ...

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What is salvation and how is it received?

Tonight my church held its quarterly "Celebrate Life" service - where we dedicate babies, do baptisms, and recognize new church members. Along with the adults, several kids were baptized, and some teenagers performed the ritual as well. It made me think about my time as a youth minister. I was asked a lot of questions. I got a few questions from teens who grew up in ...

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Who was Jesus Christ and why is he so important to Christians?

It's an important question. Who was Jesus? We all answer this question for ourselves. Is he someone we should reject? Someone we should know about and not pay attention to? Or someone who deserves our life's devotion? I've chosen the latter. I went to seminary and learned a lot of big words about Jesus and God and the Church. But if I were asked to use simple words ...

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Martha Stearns Marshall month – my sermon, ‘Surrendered Petitioning’

February is Martha Stearns Marshall month. It's the month that the Baptist Women in Ministry organization especially encourages congregations to invite women to preach at a Sunday worship service. Not only does it give an opportunity for many women to preach, but it also gives the congregation a chance to raise their awareness and appreciation of the Spirit's gifts ...

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My sermon at Heights Church

Breaking Rules for the Sake of Love ... On my second Sunday of serving as an intern at a church in Houston, I was asked to preach. The text from the lectionary was Luke 13:10-17. Instead of writing about all that I learned about it and what I spoke about in my sermon, how about I just link you to the podcast instead? Here it is.

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