George McGuire

About Me: 

I am a retired CRC minister living in Springville, AL.  My last calling church was Austinville CRC in Austinville, IA where my membership remains.  After retiring in April, 2008 I was called to be the interim pastor for the Redeemer PCA congregation in Florence, AL. for one year. Then in December of 2010 the First Presbyterian Church of Russellville, AL called me to be their interim pastor, the call I now serve. . I am a graduate of Bob Jones Uni.(,67) and their Graduate School of Religion (,70) and Reformed Seminary (,72). Prior to joining the CRC in 1996 I was involved in the independent presbyterian movement beginning in 1967 and then joined the PCA when it began in 1973 serving several of thier churches across the Southeast.  My ministry passion is the encouragement of small and rural congregations and their pastors and leaders. In an effort to fulfill this passion, I have for the last ten years or so conducted small church seninars and done some writing on the subject of what the small church if facing in our present day situations. My wife Myra and I have been married for 46 years and we have three daughters, two of whom are graduates of Calvin College.  We are also the proud grandparents of six grandchildren.  

Interests: 

history, church history, sports, theology, world geography and current events, the present day condition of the organized church

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I Am Not Charlie Hebdo!

Many continue to address the slaughter of the satirists in Paris. Almost all the angles have been covered except one: what does the Bible have to say about satire or extremely caustic remarks?

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Lessons from the Junk Yard

While rebuilding this pickup I had the opportunity to visit junk yards. Not only did I eventually find all the parts, I made some valuable observations along the way...

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Check, Check, Checkmate!

I hated hearing those words as a boy trying to learn the game of chess, because I knew the game was over and I had lost again. As I observe our culture and the world we live in I sometimes get some of those same feelings—the game's over!

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Oneness: Its Importance & How It's Shown

The question has been raised by many in the church as to why there needs to be genuine unity and connectedness among believers.

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One in Faith, Doctrine and Charity?

There was a time I felt that if we got our theology right, we would be one happy and united family. But I have come to see just how wrong that position is.

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Epilepsy: Living with a Faulty Transformer

The following is not a technical look at epilepsy, but rather a practical and sometimes humorous approach to the disorder by one who has waged a lifelong battle against the affliction.

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But What Will I Say?

When bad news comes, those title words still immediately race across my mind. Perhaps there are those who always know exactly what to say, and that I guess would be nice...

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Lent and Easter Observances – Holy or Habit?

Special seasonal spiritual emphases for Lent and Easter are good things for the church, but with every good item comes opportunity for misuse. To be perfectly honest, I never thought of the harm they can bring until I was long in ministry. As we began our Lenten/Easter emphasis this year...

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Where Young Christians Should Go To Church and Why

When I first read these words “Where young Christians should go to church and why” I thought to myself, “They can go wherever they want to!” As I read on, I realized that the person making the recommendation was one of the leading Christian churchmen of our time, and so I kept reading. Let me share what I learned with you. This past fall Dr. Eugene Peterson celebrated his eighty-first birthday and was interviewed on that great occasion. Besides being a past Hebrew and Greek professor, the founding pastor of Christ the King Presbyterian Church in Bel Air, MD where he ministered for 29 years (...
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“Outreach” Must Have Two E's!

We hear a great deal about our Biblical mandate to get the gospel out to the lost. I don’t want to minimize that in any way. But the fact of the matter is the early church set the precedent for us by reaching out with a mandate to encourage as they spread the gospel of grace. With many Christians beyond our denominational walls so totally overwhelmed and discouraged...

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