Baptism Formulations that Sing to the Heart

This, from Doctrinal Preaching for Today, by Andrew Blackwood (p. 46): In a backward tribe of Central Europe the meaning of baptism used to appear dramatically. In the presence of his tribesmen the new convert would stand facing the East and solemnly declare: “I accept Thee, O Christ, as my Saviour and King. I shall … More Baptism Formulations that Sing to the Heart

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An Updated Reading List on Multi-ethnic Ministry and a Short Apologetic for Broader Reading Patterns

Updating a Reading List for Multi-ethnic Ministry The bibliography associated with my chapter in A Heart for Community: New Models for Urban and Suburban Ministry (2010) is somewhat out of date. This is not because the previous books are irrelevant or have been superseded but because new literature has been added to the corpus of … More An Updated Reading List on Multi-ethnic Ministry and a Short Apologetic for Broader Reading Patterns

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Fighting the Urge to Live for Comfort, Convenience and Security

Tuesday is for Spiritual Challenge I love my country. Flaws and all, I love it. I think, on balance, it has been a force for good in the world, even with all of its missteps and corruptions. But it is dangerous to live here. Dangerous to the soul. Our affluence, our comforts, and the long … More Fighting the Urge to Live for Comfort, Convenience and Security

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Are You a Gentile?

Paul was a missionary, an apostle, a sent-one to the Gentiles. His call from God was to go the Gentile world, the non-Jewish world, and announce the gospel. And if you are not Jewish and yet believe in the Messiah of Israel, you are part of Paul’s legacy. Why was Paul sent to the Gentile … More Are You a Gentile?

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