Organizing Your Beliefs

    Organization seems to be a normal part of New Year’s resolutions. People organize their time by getting a new calendar. They organize their stuff by getting new bins and containers. Christians have also found it helpful to organize our beliefs. A systematic approach to theology identifies the various

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Santa Claus Theology

December 22, 2017 One of the classic Christian books of the 20th Century is J. I. Packer’s Knowing God, that examines the attributes of God’s character—majesty, wisdom, truth, love, grace, justice, wrath, etc. Over the past few months I have been reading through it with our staff. If you happen

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The Church as Family

Sunday, February 9, 2014 How do you think about the church? Some think of the church as an authority structure like the government. Some approach it like a theater where they go to be entertained. For some it’s a religious school. But when the New Testament was written believers related

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What the Bible Teaches About the Devil

Thursday, October 31, 2013 Halloween brings out some pretty silly ideas about the devil—red cape, horns and tail, pitchfork. But none of that has anything to do with biblical teaching about the devil. Honestly, the biblical story is a lot scarier. The Bible tells us that the devil was created

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The Wrong Enemy

Sunday, September 22, 2013 There was a time in history when warfare seems to have been relatively simple and straightforward. Your enemies were those lined up on the opposite side of a field wearing a different colored uniform. But modern combat situations are not so simple. Soldiers can easily find

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Switching Bible Translations

Sunday, August 25, 2013 As we begin our study of Hebrews, I plan to start using the English Standard Version in our worship services. Many people are confused about why there are so many different Bible translations. Each translation reflects the attempt of one group of scholars at a particular

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You are a Theologian

Sunday, July 28, 2013 You are a theologian. Even if you’re not a pastor or professor. Even if you’ve never attended seminary or Bible college. Even if you’ve never had any connection whatsoever with any religious group. You are a theologian because you have an opinion about what God is

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New Series for July and August 2013

It’s the ultimate question. What is God like? Though we cannot see Him, we know He’s there. But to certain unique people in history He revealed the unfathomable greatness of His character. Many of those individuals responded by composing the songs now recorded for us in the Old Testament Psalms.

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When You Think of “Church”

Sunday, May 20, 2012 What comes to mind when you think of “church”? Is it the building where we meet on Sundays? Is it our weekly worship gathering? Is it our leaders? Or, is it the group of people joined together as a family? Think of the implications of each

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When You Think of "Church"

Sunday, May 20, 2012 What comes to mind when you think of “church”? Is it the building where we meet on Sundays? Is it our weekly worship gathering? Is it our leaders? Or, is it the group of people joined together as a family? Think of the implications of each

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