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  • The 6 Top Factors in Growing Churches

    Two-thirds of everyone who has written about what makes churches grow agree on just six factors. What are those factors? Here are the consensus factors that are found in growing churches in North America.
    The Good Book Blog
    January 28,2015
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  • What is Modesty?

    Modesty. That’s a tough word. That’s a tough concept for women. So, what does it mean exactly?
    The Good Book Blog
    January 21,2015
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  • 3 Spritual Relationships Christians Need

    In an ideal world, all Christians would maintain three types of spiritual relationships as they walked through life.
    The Good Book Blog
    January 14,2015
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  • What Did You Sign up For?

    It is a good question to ask yourself: when you became a Christ-follower, did you have any idea what you were signing up for? As we follow Christ, we are often led to unexpected places.
    The Good Book Blog
    January 7,2015
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  • 3 Things We Teach Our Children through Prayer

    I believe that when we pray with our children, our children learn about our relationship with the Lord and what we believe about God. Let’s look at three things we teach our children when they listen to us pray.
    The Good Book Blog
    December 31,2014
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  • How Many Herods are There in the Bible?

    There are actually six different “Herods” in the New Testament, and they are all somehow related to each other. Here are thumbnail sketches to help you keep track of who’s who.
    The Good Book Blog
    December 24,2014
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  • Is It Reasonable to Trust the Bible?

    Isn’t it irrational, oppressive, or even dangerous to base our lives on an ancient book—any book—rather than to “think for ourselves”? In fact, basing our lives on the Bible is exactly what thinking for ourselves leads us to do—if we’re thinking well.
    The Good Book Blog
    December 17,2014
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  • Actually Praying

    If your life is anything like mine, you are the designated pray-er for family functions. But there is a significant risk when we bow for prayer but don’t actually pray.
    The Good Book Blog
    December 10,2014
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  • Women in Jesus' Genealogy

    There are five women in the genealogy of Jesus Christ. In a time when genealogies didn’t normally contain even a single female name, why are these women included? And what does their presence imply?
    The Good Book Blog
    December 3,2014
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  • Thanksgiving: Our Appropriate Response

    Not only is giving thanks the appropriate response to God for all that He has done and is doing for us, but not giving thanks is at the very heart of sin.
    The Good Book Blog
    November 26,2014
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  • What Role Should a Deacon Have?

    The office of deacon has some ambiguity to it in church practice. So, what exactly does the Bible tell us? And is this role only meant to deal with “physical” needs?
    The Good Book Blog
    November 19,2014
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  • What Should I Preach This Sunday?

    Yesterday I spent about 45 minutes talking and praying with one of my current students. He now finds himself responsible for preparing and teaching a message every Friday and Sunday. Here's my advice to him.
    Theologically Driven
    November 12,2014
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  • “Into Him” and “In Him” in Ephesians 1: Should We Leave These Out When We Translate into English?

    A couple days ago I was reading Ephesians 1 in Greek during my morning Bible-reading time. As I read, I was drawn to two phrases that are clearly present in Greek but are often eliminated in English.
    The Good Book Blog
    November 5,2014
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  • Shepherds, Sheep, and Talking Heads

    I am often asked my opinion of the mega-church model of ministry. I find the model lacking, frankly, but not for the reasons you might think.
    The Good Book Blog
    October 29,2014
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  • Can Women be Deacons?

    In what follows, I will present the arguments about 1 Timothy 3:11 (as referring to women Deacons or not) and propose a way this office can be promoted for greater expression of complementarianism in the church.
    The Good Book Blog
    October 22,2014
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  • A Woman’s Worth

    Christians are often misled by the voice of our culture. The world system, led by Satan, gives identity, purpose, and worth to a woman only as it is purchased or earned. But what does God, my Creator, say about me as a woman?
    The Good Book Blog
    October 15,2014
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  • The Secret to Becoming Irrelevant: Spend All Your Time Trying to Be Relevant

    When relevance is our first priority we end up powered not by the Spirit of Christ, but the spirit of the age. There is a more fundamental question we must face squarely together.
    The Good Book Blog
    October 8,2014
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  • Why We Want a Divine Warrior

    God’s role as a divine warrior is most likely one of his more neglected characteristics. Some today have gone so far as to reject any talk today about God being a divine warrior, viewing it as tired metaphor that should be retired.
    The Good Book Blog
    October 1,2014
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  • Theology of the Body and Sexual Harm

    Why is sexual sin singled out as uniquely damaging to the body in a way that other physical actions are not? Substance abuse, gluttony, cutting—these are all harmful acts to the body, but they do not do what sexual misconduct does, according to Paul.
    The Good Book Blog
    September 24,2014
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  • 7 “Churchy” Words and the Need for Clarity

    We are moving in the West further along this path as a post-Christian culture. No longer are Christian terms and biblical concepts commonplace. Here’s my list of seven troublesome words and brief explanations, with suggested alternatives.
    The Good Book Blog
    September 17,2014
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