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What is the Church Like?

As a young, idealistic pastor and college student, I—along with many of my peers—longed to be part of a church that reflected the congregations depicted in the book of Acts and throughout the rest of the New Testament. Unfortunately, we served churches that, in our view, were nothing like those New Testament churches and wouldn’t be anytime soon. Idealism quickly turned to disillusionment.

We had great expectations th...

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Submission and Joy

In their sermons, pastors often feel compelled to differentiate between happiness and joy. While there may be practical reasons to distinguish between temporal and eternal happiness, between a daily and a sacred joy, there is in Christ a participation of each in one glory. So succumbing to a fit of giggles with my daughter as she recounts the foam-noodle pool battle between her sisters and herself is awash in the glory...

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