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Jeff Scripps

About Me: 

I have been the pastor of the Lebanon Christian Reformed Church for 5.5 years.  Now I'm serving as the pastor of the Forest Grove CRC in rural Hudsonville, MI.  I am married with two children. We have an outdoor dog and a rabbit.  

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Exercise, reading, foosball, strategy games. Also, history, politics, some popular science is always fun.

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Discussion-based preaching

I just read about how Grace Community CRC in Oak Lawn (the one hosting the service for Synod delegates) has delved into discussion-based preaching. I have just read Doug Pagitt's "Preaching re-imagined" and Christopher Ash's "The priority of preaching". You couldn't get two more widely differing views on what pastors and congregations should do regarding the preaching of God's Word. Here's a pithy quote from Ash: "Submission (to the Word of God) is not the same thing as discussion. Discussion is comfortably in line with the spirit of the age" (p. 35) Now here's Pagitt speaking about the...
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