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A Night at the Ryman with Friends...in a Pandemic

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Last night, Amanda and I had the privilege of going to see Andrew Peterson's "Behold the Lamb of God" at the Ryman with our new friends, Dustin and Deborah Moss. It was such a treat. But if you know me, I am a rather pensive guy. Andrew Peterson's work is a gift helping us grasp for holiness and hope in the midst of the difficulties of life. No, the Ryman was not packed....

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We are Grace Church - Part 2 - The Table

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THREE ESSENTIAL SPHERES OF THE CHURCH - "THE TABLE" In my last post, I outlined the need to clearly articulate what is essential for the church and what is not essential for the church, especially in seasons like the one we are in right now. In that post, I outlined the most essential sphere of the church as the ecclesia. The ecclesia is the gathered church for Word and S...

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We are Grace Church - Part 3 - "The Square"

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THREE ESSENTIAL SPHERES OF THE CHURCH - "THE SQUARE" Over the course of the last two posts, I have been seeking to outline what it means to be the church. Specifically, what does it mean to be Grace Church? Thus far, we have unpacked the spheres of Pulpit and Table. The goal of this series is to refresh our perspective and settle ourexpectations on what it means to be the...

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We are Grace Church Part 1 - The Pulpit

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Three Essential Spheres of the Church - Part 1 "The Pulpit" A couple weeks ago, I shared some thoughts on what it means to pursue normality as the church. In that post, I advocated that the "new" norm for the church in all times and spaces is "loving God, loving neighbor and making disciples." It is vitally important in our day to clearly articulate what the church "is" a...

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A "New" Normal: Thoughts on Covid-19 & the Church

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I'm tired. Yup...I said it. That feels good. I wouldn't be shocked if I speak for most of those reading this post. What we were all hoping in March would be just a few weeks of extraordinary circumstances that would give way to normality by the Easter...wait...maybe the summer...surely by Thanksgiving leaves uswondering what we can expect for 2021. The novel virus known as...

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Discerning Discernment

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How to know the difference between healing and hurtful discernment. ...

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Our Desperate Need for Discernment.

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WE are in desperate need of discernment in our day. In the next four posts, we will over important aspects to Biblical Discernment: Spiritual Discernment AS Protection Spiritual Discernment AS an Instrument of Grace Spiritual Discernment AS a Better Freedom Spiritual Discernment AS Spiritual Growth. ...

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Children in Worship

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As a church planter, there is a seemingly endless cornucopiaof pressures that are forced upon my church. One of those pressures is what to do with children during our worship gatherings. Pastors are reminded constantly that there are 4 things guests will grade your church on when they visit. One of those is the children's program. At Grace Church, we have chosen to simpli...

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How to Avoid Vain Discussions in a Pandemic

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As I urged you when I was going to Macedonia, remain at Ephesus so that you may charge certain persons not to teach any different doctrine, nor to devote themselves to myths and endless genealogies, which promote speculations rather than the stewardship from God that is by faith. The aim of our charge is love that issues from a pure heart and a good conscience and a ...

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When Sexual Abuse Comes to Church

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By now, you have no doubt heard about the article released by the Houston Chronicleregarding sexual abuse in Southern Baptist Churches. The article details sexual abuse that has plagued Southern Baptist churches over the past 20 years. If you are like me, you are disgusted with the revelation. The most infuriating truths that it reveals are the fact that some of the victim...

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