Fostering A Compelling Community

In the previous post, I began by sharing about all the books I have consulted to help me “create” community in the church.  This word is in quotes for a reason, namely because the idea that we can “create” community in the church is simply assinine.  If we all agree that the kind of community

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Grace Church: A Compelling Community

Looking at my bookshelf right now, one thing is glaringly obvious.  I have put a lot of time and resources into thinking of how to “create” community in the churches that I have served.  The question that seems to nag me, though, is has it helped?  I suppose it has on some levels.  I can

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God’s Grace in Human Diversity

Martin Luther King had a famous dream. “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.” What’s the reality we live with 55 years later? We’re not judged by

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A Grief Observed…Revisited

“Nothing will shake a man — or at any rate a man like me — out of his merely verbal thinking and his merely notional beliefs. He has to be knocked silly before he comes to his senses. Only torture will bring out the truth. Only under torture does he discover it himself.” – C.S

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How God’s Gospel Might Speak to Charlottesville

I’m from the American South. I’ve been around all sorts of Good ol’ Boys with big guns and bigger trucks. I’ve seen my fair share of racism in some of these places. One fellow I met from the mountains of Kentucky had never met a black man before he’d turned 18. I’ve also seen plenty

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That is my King – A Brief Good Friday Reflection

As I write this post, the Agnews are in route to Knoxville to spend the day with family. Amanda graciously offered to drive so I could spend some time reflecting on Good Friday and put the final touches on the sermon for Sunday. So here we go…   Friends, Sunday is coming! That means we,

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The Garden

They mount the familiar hill Behind the Master To the summit. Of grief and pain Are His thoughts filled As He treads among the fallen olives; And so His Father’s oil Joins with Mary’s essence of nard To anoint His feet. Following behind, The others mount Olivet In confusion and despair, For one is not

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The Atonement, and That Terrible, Beautiful Justice of God

But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned—every one—to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all.

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