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Randy Newman

  • A Theme Verse for Thoughtful Faith

    There are some things only God knows or can know. People are not omniscient. But there are some things that people can know, should know, and would find great “glory” in seeking out.
    Randy Newman
    January 20,2015
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  • 7 New Year’s Evangelistic Resolutions

    It might also be a good time to rededicate your efforts to reach out to non-believers God has placed in your life. For most Christians, steadfastness in evangelism does not come easily. Here are some of my suggestions to bring outreach to the front burner for the next year.
    Randy Newman
    January 13,2015
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  • New Year = New Trend? Let’s Hope So

    At the beginning of a new year, it may be worth praying that a new cultural trend will accompany the new calendar.
    Randy Newman
    December 30,2014
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  • Applying the Gospel to Parenting

    I did not do the best job I could as a parent. By God’s grace, I did a lot of good things. But I did quite a few bad things as well.
    Randy Newman
    December 16,2014
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  • The Power of Anonymity

    I continue to learn valuable lessons about evangelism by interviewing recent converts. Hearing what they report as significant in their journey from darkness to light encourages and instructs for further outreach.
    Randy Newman
    December 2,2014
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  • The Problems (Plural) of Pain

    I find that the experience of suffering or, more specifically, the handling of physical pain, entails a combination of many different problems, not just a singular difficulty.
    Randy Newman
    November 18,2014
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  • Reading C.S. Lewis (Carefully)

    In some recent blog debates, some people have defended unorthodox theology, seeking support from C.S. Lewis. “Lewis believed some questionable things and people don’t reject him,” they reason. It has caused me to reflect on why I like Lewis so much, even when I think he occasionally misses the mark.
    Randy Newman
    November 4,2014
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  • Mystical Prayer vs. Biblical Prayer

    When Jesus was asked by his disciples, “Lord, teach us to pray,” he did not say, “Well, for one thing, don’t use words. Just listen.” Instead, he told them (and us) to use words and, in one instance, he even gave us the exact words to say.
    Randy Newman
    October 21,2014
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  • Not Just Any Community!

    Some secular and atheist groups attempt to form “caring communities” without any adherence to religious doctrine. They say they can provide all the loving care of a church without the trappings of faith, dogma, or the supernatural. But not just any community will suffice.
    Randy Newman
    October 7,2014
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  • Whatever is Lovely...

    Philippians 4:8 admonishes us to think about things which are true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent or praiseworthy. Are these only spiritual things?
    Randy Newman
    September 30,2014
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  • The Evangelistic Power of “Maybe”

    The speaker simply said, “Maybe,” and paused a few seconds. After considering his tactic, I think it’s brilliant.
    Randy Newman
    September 23,2014
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  • Evangelism and Social Justice

    I have wrestled with the balance between evangelism and social justice for a while, and I’d like to offer a way to think about the relationship because this is becoming a frequent topic of discussion.
    Randy Newman
    September 9,2014
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  • Another Paradox of Evangelism

    Here’s another paradox of evangelism. When we accept that evangelism will never be easy… it actually gets slightly less difficult.
    Randy Newman
    August 26,2014
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  • Ten Reflections on Hearing Forty Testimonies

    As part of a research project I’m conducting, I have just completed listening to 40 college students who say they have become Christians within the past two years. Here are ten initial thoughts by way of observation and concerns.
    Randy Newman
    August 12,2014
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  • Praying for Revival

    The lofty notion of revival has taken center stage in my prayer life as of late. I’m sure I’m motivated in part by the disturbing stories that dominate our news. And God has guided me to some books that have underlined the need for such prayer.
    Randy Newman
    July 29,2014
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  • Talking to Yourself

    Becoming fluent in positive, healthy, truthful, Scripture-saturated internal dialogue should be a high priority for all of us. Talking to yourself is an important life-skill that requires practice, careful consideration, and perseverance.
    Randy Newman
    October 22,2012
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  • The Unified Book of Acts

    During a recent study of the book of Acts, I was struck with the recurring emphasis on the irrepressibility of the gospel.
    Randy Newman
    July 1,2014
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  • Schaeffer – Just as Timely as Ever

    I remember the many places where Francis Schaeffer wrote that we must proclaim what we believe “with tears” as we interact with non-believers around us.
    Randy Newman
    June 17,2014
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  • Controlling the Weather

    I doubt I’m alone in my frustration at our inability to control the weather. But I do think such frustration has probably grown as we’ve progressed from an agricultural society to a technological one.
    Randy Newman
    June 3,2014
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  • Cut Out the Lobotomy Choruses

    As a lover of music and a worshiper in song, I see two trends in the world of praise music – one delightful, the other distressing.
    Randy Newman
    May 20,2014
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