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Why Did I Get Baptized?

Why did I get baptized? Last Sunday evening, there I was, standing up in front of the church, waiting to share my testimony and get baptized.  This wouldn’t be such an unusual circumstance in evangelical circles except that I am on the pastoral staff and have been...
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3 Things Christians Should Stop Saying (And 3 We Should Start)

We are constantly being bombarded by culture. Like the Israelites in the book of Judges, Christians in America are prone to wander and marry culture, rather than stay faithful to God. This is especially true in the speech and activities of our youth. Our...
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A Brief Response to William P. Young’s The Shack

Just ten years after being self-published, The Shack had sold over 20 million copies worldwide, been published in 48 languages, spent 140 weeks on the NY Best Sellers list (currently #4), and has been made into a movie. Clearly, The Shack is a cultural and...
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Divine Healing

“I am the Lord who heals you” (Exodus 15:26b) Praise the Lord, my soul, and forget not all his benefits— who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases (Psalm 103:2-3) I stood beside the bed of a young mother in hospice care.  Her brain tumor was...
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Gay Marriage: A Pastoral Response

In the wake of the Supreme Court ruling legalizing gay marriage in all 50 states, there has been a firestorm of Facebook posts and blogs. My goal is not to debate the ruling. Instead, I want to briefly describe the decline of Christian moral values in America...
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Lent Demystified

Note about author For three years I have attended Eagan Hills Alliance Church with my wife Jenny and our four children: Grace, Joshua, Charlie, and Noah.  I grew up Roman Catholic and I continue to follow many of the spiritual disciplines I learned in my...
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The Devotional Reading of Scripture

“We study Scripture in the presence of the living God, as those who stand under both it and Him.    Each time it is as if He has handed us a letter from Himself and stays with us while we read it to hear what our answer will be.” James I. Packer When I was student...
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Why I am Opposed to the Legalization of Marijuana

I have smoked pot thousands of times.  From my early teens to early twenties I smoked pot nearly every day, and normally many times a day.  Experientially, I was an expert on pot. It has been nearly thirty years since I got high.  My friends tell me the pot is...
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