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The gentle hand of grace

grace

Most of us have done something dumb, where we can’t believe we put our lives, our jobs, our relationships, at risk, just because we weren’t paying attention. Here’s how it happened when, just days before my wife and I were ...

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Scars

scars of Jesus

Jesus restores what is broken. And even though we may have scars, the scars are not our entire story, merely part of our story. Easter isn’t just about the cross, it’s about the empty tomb. When Jesus appeared to the ...

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Porn addiction, what can the church do?

According to a new study by Barna Group, use of pornography within the church nearly mirrors secular statistics. Aaron Reinicke of Reinicke Counseling Associates, himself a former porn addict, said the church can better address the issue of pornography within ...

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Breaking the chains of addiction to porn

Aaron Reinicke was one of 10 children raised in a Christian home. He knew right from wrong, yet by the time he reached legal age, his life had become quite careless. The mess began when he stumbled upon some pornography. ...

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  • LifeWay workers ‘fine’ after bullet destroys window
    “Employees are fine” a day after a bullet destroyed a fifth-floor window at LifeWay Christian Resources’ downtown Nashville complex, company spokesperson Carol Pipes said. “We’re just really thankful no one was hurt,” said Pipes, LifeWay director of corporate communications, who noted police are investigating the incident. The window, destroyed by the shot, is nearly level […]
  • Can a biblical Zionist love the Palestinians?
    Whenever one puts biblical, Zionist and Palestinian in the same sentence, definitions are in order. Unity might never be fully achieved, but it should never be because of lack of clarity. First what I mean by biblical is “in accordance with the biblical record” that as far as I understand includes the sixty-six books of […]
  • Willow Creek names NAE head, 3 others to oversee Hybels investigation
    Jo Anne Lyon, general superintendent emerita of The Wesleyan Church, and Leith Anderson, president of the National Association of Evangelicals, will lead a new investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct against Bill Hybels, the retired founding pastor of Willow Creek Community Church. Lyon and Anderson will co-chair the four-person Willow Creek Independent Advisory Group, according […]
  • Former Willow Creek pastor Steve Carter breaks silence on Hybels allegations
    Steve Carter, the lead teaching pastor at Willow Creek Community Church, was supposed to be in front of his congregation but instead he was throwing up backstage. Carter, 38, had become physically ill that Sunday, Aug. 5, after reading an article published that morning in The New York Times about the church’s founding pastor, Bill […]
  • A pastor’s suicide | An all-too familiar story
    This is getting to be an all-too-familiar story. On August 26, Andrew Stoecklein, the lead pastor of Inland Hills Church in Chino, California, took his own life. He was only thirty years old. Stoecklein was married and had three children. The grim task of informing church members and friends about Stoecklein’s suicide fell to his […]
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