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Celebrating Christmas

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, If you're like me then you love the Christmas season. There are so many reasons to love the Christmas season, but as a Christian this time of year is where the fullness and depth of our theology is in bloom (That's right, a springtime metaphor in winter!). The fullness and depth of our theology is bloom this time of year because we are...

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Don't You Want to Thank Someone?

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Thanksgiving can be wonderful and awkward all at the same time. How do we talk about giving thanks with our unbelieving family and friends? Doesn't that automatically launch us into a conversation about God? Well, yes it does. And that's quite alright! As believers, we know that the very nature of thanksgiving is rooted in believing th...

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Three Lessons From Three Centuries

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, I've really enjoyed studying early church history over the past few months. It has been a great encouragement to me, and if you'll indulge me, I'd like to share with you the three things that stand out to me about the first three hundred years of the Christian Church. As I reflect back on the reading I've been doing, it strikes me that...

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On the "Usefulness" of Heresy

Dear Brothers and Sisters, You may be surprised to hear me say that heresy has been useful to the Church. Now, let me explain what I mean. Throughout the history of the Church, heresy has certainly damaged the Church, that cannot be denied, but heresy has also been useful to the church in that it shaped the faith of the Church in at least three ways doctrine, discipline,...

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