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Pastors Blog Posts

'Freedom of' or 'Freedom from'?

What is now upon us is the sense that our constitution does not simply call for the freedom of religion, but the freedom from it. In other words, that we must sanitize any and all aspects of religion from public life.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • October 01, 2012 |
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The Top Ten Books

I'd like your help. Our new bookstore, The Grounds, asked me for the top ten books I would recommend that everyone read. Whether they are simply new to the faith, or just hungry to grow, what would those ten be?

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • September 27, 2012 |
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Freed From The Prison Of Why

God sent His Son not only to suffer in our place but also to suffer with us. Our merciful friend has been through it all. He is with us right now! And while He may not deliver us from pain and loss, He’ll walk with us through it.

  • Tullian Tchividjian |
  • September 26, 2012 |
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Chocolate Faith

What is it, exactly, that we are passing down to our kids?

  • Daniel Darling |
  • September 26, 2012 |
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Notes on my 60th Birthday

Blessed is the man who does not fight what he cannot change.

  • Dr. Ray Pritchard |
  • September 26, 2012 |
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Three Dangers of Simplistic Evangelistic Methods

Methods can be helpful, but also a dangerous crutch

  • Daniel Darling |
  • September 25, 2012 |
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Is Tim Tebow a Chauvinist?

Tim Tebow says he wants a wife with “a servant’s heart.” Does that make him a misogynist?

Preparing for Jesus' Next Lover

Ancient manuscripts seem to be the sweet spot, a la Dan Brown and The Da Vinci Code, for sensationalism. Anything "old" that surfaces that even hints at a variant account of the biblical materials is thrown into the news cycle with breathless drama.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • September 24, 2012 |
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The Tragedy of Open-Minded Christianity

Sometimes we need to be narrow-minded.

  • Dr. Ray Pritchard |
  • September 24, 2012 |
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Can a Christian Vote for a Mormon?

My answer is a simple yes.

  • Dr. Ray Pritchard |
  • September 22, 2012 |
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The Authority of the Christian Faith

Today, we have made personal experience everything. What we think and feel, what we emote and choose, is placed above the stated orthodoxy of the community of faith of which we are a part.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • September 20, 2012 |
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What Pastoring Taught Me About Spiritual Growth

Here are five ways in which pastoring shaped my views:

  • Daniel Darling |
  • September 18, 2012 |
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What Spiritual Immaturity Looks Like

A spiritual infant looks and acts a lot like human infants. They’re self-centered, cry-babies, impatient, helpless, noisy, and messy.

Pastoral Plagiarism

Someone brought something to my attention recently. A young woman on our staff came across a talk, given by a pastor, on a church’s website. It was my talk.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • September 17, 2012 |
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When Life Goes Bad

The problems of life are the same everywhere.

  • Dr. Ray Pritchard |
  • September 17, 2012 |
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When a Loved One Dies

Those who have died are in the hands of God who is both just and loving.

  • Dr. Ray Pritchard |
  • September 14, 2012 |
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The Day of Accounting

A “Day of Accounting” will eventually come for all of us, but local church leaders bear a heavier responsibility.

  • Dr. Ray Pritchard |
  • September 13, 2012 |
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4 Things Every Intellectually-Minded Person Should Remember

It is no surprise that Sertillanges’ The Intellectual Life is still in print after so many years. The truths in this book assist the scholar in understanding the purpose of research, the desire for truth, and the cultivation of healthy work habits.

How Do You Explain the Trinity to Children?

I think the reason this question resonates with so many parents is precisely because we adults can’t adequately explain the doctrine ourselves.

The Slippery Slope Emerges

The idea is a simple one: if you take one step on to a slippery slope, you may find yourself sliding all the way down the hill. Culturally, it means that if you rationalize doing something from a particular philosophy or set of values, you may want to consider how that same rationale might apply to other, less popular, concerns.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • September 13, 2012 |
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