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Way More Than Twice

If we leave a worship service on any given Sunday, even the second service, with the attitude that we can now check “worship” off our to-do list, then the Church Order mandating 10 services per Sunday won’t help us!

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A Different Sort of King

As Jesus rides the donkey into Jerusalem, a crowd gathers—ordinary citizens waving palm branches and shouting “Hosanna!” The crowds probably mean “Save us from the Romans." But Jesus has his eyes on a bigger enemy. 

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Contagious Courage

I see a church community as a place to experience the contagiousness of courage. Surrounded by fellow hikers on the path, we hear and see people cheering us on while we in turn do the same for others.

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Worship Is Like Orange Juice

I was once told that worship is like orange juice. Sunday worship is the concentrate but you need to add water to week experience it all week. Do you ever have days you don't want the concentrate? 

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I'm a Hypocrite, Too

Acknowledging the contradiction between adultery and the values he espoused while part of the TV show 19 Kids and Counting, Mr. Duggar declared, “I have been the biggest hypocrite ever.” I’m not sure I entirely agree with his assessment...

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Not the Complaints Department

To be clear: I am not opposed to correction and suggestions for improvement. But I encourage us to distinguish that from complaining. When it’s in fact complaining we’re dealing with, I offer three things that have come to my mind on the subject.

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Invited (part 2)

“Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” 

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Invited

Like all good fathers, our heavenly Father seeks to nourish His children. By welcoming children to the Lord’s Supper, I see us correcting two unfortunate double standards that have become part of our tradition.

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Do Ministers Vote in Council Meetings?

I'm getting mixed answers here on the Network, and it sounds like this may be more of pertinent in Canada with its rules for non-profit organizations. I may have missed it, but I do not see a line in Church Order that explicitly says whether ministers may or may not vote.

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Hungry

I have heard the suggestion that celebrating the Lord’s Supper too often may make it less meaningful. However, if more frequent partaking threatens the meaningfulness of the Lord’s Supper, how come no one worries about the frequency (weekly, often twice!) of preaching?

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Redefining Friendship

I’m curious how widespread Facebook’s influence is in redefining friendship. Several years ago, we would not necessarily have thought of everyone in our online friends list as friends. That doesn’t mean we don’t like them; it’s just that these people are now lumped into a single category

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