When can’t I reach you?

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We're used to saying "when can I reach you?" But the ubiquity of technology has made the inverse just as relevant. When can't I reach you? Is there a time in your day/week when I can't reach you? A time that you've set aside exclusively for other priorities? There is nothing about our culture that will encourage you to do so. In fact, the marketers still assume we're just sitting around wishing we had some

Quadricentennial Celebration (1611-2011)

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We're just over a month now from welcoming 2011. Whatever else 2011 brings, it also marks four hundred years since the translation of the Authorised King James Version in 1611. This is a notable landmark for the Church of Jesus Christ and I hope to see it marked by celebration and a renewed focus on God's providential preservation of his Word throughout the ages. Already Thomas Nelson and Hendrickson have published commemorative editions of the

No more days of goodbyes

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Every now and then God brings someone into your life that blesses you. You feel a connection with them as you share together of God and life, the ordinary and the profound. And every now and then the time comes to say goodbye. I hate saying goodbye. Goodbyes make me sober. They make me reflective. They make me sad. Goodbyes make me think of heaven. They make me want heaven. They make me long for

Evangelical Christianity (From the End of the 19th Century to the Present)

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Recently, a friend was asking me about modern church history. By the time I'd finished explaining bits and pieces of it, I had the broad scheme of Evangelical Christianity over the last century—at least my take on it—scribbled on a scrap of paper. Discerning that there could be value in graphing the history of modern Evangelical Christianity, I set to work. The graph Below is what I came up with. I present it here for

Environmental Management, A Christian Perspective

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Is our planet warming? If so, is global warming man made? What should we do to protect the environment? These are questions Australians are asking every day. As followers of Jesus Christ, what should our attitude toward environmental matters be? If we are going to answer the questions of our day, we need to have a Christian view of environmental protection. Let's start by looking at the secular view. Secular environmentalism The secular environmental protection

8 Marks of a Dangerous Church

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I have, over my lifetime, had the opportunity to interact with hundreds of churches around the world. I've seen some wonderful, healthy churches. I've also seen some dangerous churches. Here are some marks of a dangerous church. . Mark 1: The leadership structure has a lot of similarities to a totalitarian regime. This is the church where one leader has absolute power. He usually surrounds himself  with weak men who rarely contradict or question him.

On the leader’s personality

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1 Samuel 16 Saul was anointed while seeking asses; David while tending sheep. The kings came from things commonplace. "God looketh on the heart" (v. 7). Skill, fine features, pleasing manners—"personality"—can be had by external imposition, and God cares little for such. His eye is on the heart. Now external effects are not bad—David had them: cunning, courageous, clever, and comely. But what was important was that "the Lord was with him" (v. 18). When

The God-man is bleeding

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I spoke to a man recently who came from a Charismatic background. He was looking for evidence of the Spirit in the form of healings and miracles. Then I watched a movie. A typical Christian movie. It was full of signs and miracles and changed lives, but not even one time did they explain the gospel that rescues sinners. Not once! So I sat down to write... The religious world in our day is infatuated

The spiritual discipline of rest

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We're all comfortable with spiritual disciplines like prayer, fellowship, and Scripture reading, but rest? This afternoon I faced a decision. Usually this only happens in hypothetical situations, but today it was real life. You see, I'm at a stage in my life where I am once again very busy. I have the care of managing two businesses and overseeing dozens of employees. Add a regular preaching schedule and ministry opportunities on top of that, and