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Yancey Excerpt: Of Vines and Branches

By PaulT / September 28, 2017

Just another outtake that I loved reading … If I find no self-evident reason for God’s silence in my checklist, I move on. I look on periods of blankness in prayer much as I look on suffering. It does little good, I have found, to spend much time dwelling on the “Why?” questions. The Bible […]

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Yet Another Year on Top

By PaulT / September 19, 2017

ยป USA Today: Biggest U.S. churches ‘contemporary, evangelical’ In the wake of the … um, challenges … with Church Report’s old lists, Outreach Magazine sticks to some hard math in coming up with their annual report on church attendance. As it turns out, our count is the same as last year’s. I’ll offer a few […]

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Yaconelli Outtakes, Part 2: Where We Meet Jesus

By PaulT / September 19, 2017

“Messy Spirituality” – pgs. 60-61: When Jesus Meets Our Past All of the cards are stacked against the woman at the well. Looking at her long string of bad choices, many could consider her unredeemable, unsalvageable, unteachable, and beyond help. She hasn’t just made a few mistakes; she has lived a lifetime of mistakes, enough […]

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Yaconelli Outtakes, Part 3: Messy Reality

By PaulT / September 19, 2017

“Messy Spirituality” – pgs. 90-91 Messy RealityOne look at the book of Corinthians and it’s clear the Christian life doesn’t take place in the rarefied air of perfection. Paul wrote his letter to the church at Corinth to help them figure out what Christianity means in the everydayness of life. Paul gives us spectacular glimpses […]

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Wrap Up: “Jesus Brand Spirituality”

By PaulT / September 12, 2017

In finishing up Ken Wilson’s “Jesus Brand Spirituality” this week, I’d kept my eyes open for another minor clip that might amplify some wonderful point or spark some great demand to go pick the book up by anyone that would read it. But in the midst of going through the entire second half of the […]

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Wrapping Up “Velvet Elvis”

By PaulT / September 7, 2017

I mentioned before that I had broken in a copy of Rob Bell’s “Velvet Elvis.” I can proudly claim that it’s been properly read through. I’m now gradually making my way through the five-part sermon series that sorta laid the groundwork for the book. Actually, I’m pretty certain that I stumbled onto it by coincidence. […]

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Words for the Day …

By PaulT / September 2, 2017

Just wanted to post today’s email devotional from the Lakewood email. Too brief, they may be. But some hit the mark nevertheless. Today’s Scripture”Greater is He that is in you than he that is in the world.” (I John 4:4) Today’s Word from Joel and Victoria It says in the Proverbs to keep your eyes […]