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An Idea for Teaching a Class on Grace (originally published Feb. 2007)

When I was in college, I attended a Sunday School class for young adults, and the usual teacher was out of town. The fill-in teacher passed out a survey that asked our views on several controversial questions. We anonymously circled … Continue reading

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Reruns: The Franchise Agreement

It’s (Almost) Friday! The Franchise Agreement Posted on March 12, 2009 The other day, we elders were chatting about the possibility of canceling Wednesday night services for part of the summer.The volunteers in our children’s ministry are worn out, and the … Continue reading

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Reruns: The Prostitute, the Pharisee, and the Prophet

The Prostitute, the Pharisee, and the Prophet Posted on April 28, 2007 It looked like another night of degradation, of providing sexual favors to men who’d preach her into hell the following Shabbat — men who enjoyed her presence at night … Continue reading

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The Regulative Principle: All Churches Must Be Painted Green

The Regulative Principle is the formal name for what many in the Churches of Christ call the Law of Specific Authority. But how do we know that we need authority? Well, it’s obvious. You see, the opposite of the Regulative … Continue reading

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It’s (Almost) Friday! The Franchise Agreement

The other day, we elders were chatting about the possiblity of canceling Wednesday night services for part of the summer.The volunteers in our children’s ministry are worn out, and the school year has gotten so long that the summer is … Continue reading

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Ironic Faith: Homosexuality

It’s no surprise that the emerging churches have a special concern for homosexuals. Emergents are not so much pro-gay or pro-lesbian as they are convinced that sexuality is more complex than many acknowledge. They are committed both to the Bible, … Continue reading

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Ray Vander Laan’s “Follow the Rabbi” lectures

Thanks to the work of David Scott, Ray Vander Laan’s lectures on “Follow the Rabbi” that were delivered at Focus on the Family are available for download. The links follow: Lesson 1 Lesson 2 Lesson 3 Lesson 4 Lesson 5 … Continue reading

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