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Randy Newman

  • 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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  • The Paradox of Evangelism

    There is a paradox about evangelism. Actually there are several but I’ll only mention one here. It starts with the realization that evangelism is impossible.
    Randy Newman
    August 27,2013
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  • Many Motivations: One Ultimate Goal

    A common theme in my blogs is “thoughtful faith.” We need this kind of rich reflection when it comes to considering motivations for holiness.
    Randy Newman
    April 22,2014
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  • Music Is a Great Gift... But a Lousy "God"

    People are incurably religious. If they do not worship God, they will find something to worship.
    Randy Newman
    August 6,2013
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