15 Years of Projects (and Failing Gloriously) – Christian Article

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal; it is the courage to continue that counts.” ~ Winston Churchill I enjoy teaching others how to leverage their time and energy to be insanely productive. Especially when it comes to creating content that solves a problem. I’ve dedicated my adult life to showing up, creating solutions to some of the problems we Christians face (largely from the lessons I’ve learned from my own struggles), and then sharing those solutions with the…

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5 Ways to Save Yourself from Drowning – Youth Ministry Christian Article

Ministry is amazing… We get to spend our greatest energy wading into the deepest pools of others—their triumphs and failures, joys and sorrows. And we have the honor of pointing them toward the Lifeguard/Swim Coach who’s teaching them how to be strong swimmers! But when we’re swimming laps around these pools, we can feel drained and exhausted. Cynicism creeps in—and maybe anger, depression, anxiety, or apathy begins to set in. It’s not enough to count on “staying plugged into Jesus”…

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Why I Rarely Share My Personal Testimony and Why Shouldn’t Be Quick to Share Yours (Video) – Christian Article

In this devotional, given to the staff at Samaritan’s Purse, J. Warner describes the way contemporary Christians have reinterpreted the nature of Christian “testimony.” How did the earliest Christians use this word, and what does their use of the term tell us about our duty as Christians? Be sure to visit the great work Samaritan’s Purse is doing with Operation Heal Our Patriots: http://www.samaritanspurse.org/coldcasechristianity To see more training videos with J. Warner Wallace, visit the YouTube playlist. For more information…

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My Best Male Friend Passes Into Glory – Beyond Evangelical – Christian Article

My best male friend recently passed into glory. My friend lived and died in obscurity, but he will be great in the coming kingdom. A shining luminary who laid his entire life down for Christ, the One whom He loved dearly. I’m honored to share his first and middle name — Frank Anthony. He was born the same year as my mother. And as providence would have it, he truly was a spiritual father to me. Closer than my own…

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Better Man University – TerraceCrawford.comTerraceCrawford.com – Youth Ministry Christian Article

I’m excited to share some news with you. I am embracing a calling to a forgotten people group. For the last couple of years I have had a burn in me to in invest young men (19-30) and I have really approached it unintentionally. My life, since 18, has largely been dedicated to youth work (teenagers), but I have said that our forgotten generation were kids who graduate out of high school and are lost. They are often left to…

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I AM Coming Soon! | parousiaperspectives – Christian Article

I AM Coming Soon! Jan 15 PapaGod n Jesus Heart “I AM Your SHEPHERD.” I AM coming soon. Do you Know ME–Do I know you?– do you have a personal, intimate relationship with ME? I desire you to live in My Beautiful Home with ME forever. Have you invited ME into the Home of your heart, so I can invite you into Mine, Beloved? I AM your SHEPHERD to guide you to the path to MY Heavenly Home. I AM your…

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All Flesh Is Like Grass – Christian Article

I received news of Rachel Held Evans’ death on Saturday morning. Ironically, I was sitting in a session of our CBMW west coast conference when the text came from my wife. We had been praying for Rachel and her family for the last couple weeks. Nevertheless, I was stunned. Immediately after receiving the news and before the next session was to begin, we led the entire CBMW conference in prayer for Rachel’s husband and children.  The news really was a…

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Stories Can’t Change Lives if No One Reads Them

This “Bible Book Store” serves as a generic stand-in for our own. (I’m surprised Shutterstock doesn’t own this picture by now!) Each week I work two days at the Christian bookstore that we own. By taking the two day shifts and working without pay I make it possible for the store to remain viable financially in a smaller market. Even so, the store is continuing to lose money. After filing this year’s tax return I fully expect Revenue Canada to…

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Women and children first? Absolutely. – Christian Article

I’ve been enjoying Andrew Roberts’ recent biography of Winston Churchill titled Churchill: Walking with Destiny. The book includes a letter in which Churchill opines about the sinking of the Titanic and about how proud he was that the men on the ship put women and children onto the lifeboats first. Churchill said that the whole event “reflects nothing but honour upon our civilization.” His prose is grandiose but stirring: I cannot help feeling proud of our race and its traditions…

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Cultural Madness, Atonement Issues, Textual Traditionalism – Christian Article

A morning DL for us here today, the only program for this week. We started with some commentary on current cultural madness and rapid decline, including a grandmother bearing a child for her homosexual son. Then we looked at issues relating to the atonement, first in comments from Taylor Marshall and Timothy Gordon on the Mass, and then from William Lane Craig on the extent of the atonement.  Finally we transitioned into a review of an article by Dr.…

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Press ‘D’ for Depression | Thinking Out Loud

The result of an image search for depression: This one seemed to sum it up best. I haven’t been writing much here these last few weeks. The ideas come — sometimes I don’t write them down — and the computer beckons, but I either don’t write, or prioritize other writing, such as our devotional blog which continues to grow. I’ve never been diagnosed with clinical depression. I’m still fairly certain that the textbook definition, which you can read about here,…

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Chaplain Bill. RIP. | Denny Burk – Christian Article

I only have happy feelings when I think about my days as a student at Dallas Theological Seminary (DTS). It was such a formative time, and I remain grateful to professors who poured their lives and teaching into me during those years. A big part of life on campus in those days was chapel. I don’t know if it’s still this way today, but we had chapel meetings four times a week (Tue-Fri). The personality who filled that space was…

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Responding to the IFB/KJVOs: James White and Jeff Durbin – Christian Article

Did a two part program today. The first (this portion) is a discussion between James and Jeff on the issues raised by a spate of IFB/KJVO videos coming out of the Steven Anderson wing of the IFB movement.  We discuss the gospel and the key issues that followers of this movement need to consider.   Nearly two hours of conversation! Here is the YouTube link:Live Video StreamThe Dividing Line is on YouTube video. Our YouTube channel also provides videos of…

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James White and Jason Robinson Discuss Romans 8:28-34 – Christian Article

Pastor Jason Robinson from West Virginia joined us on the program today to offer competing (and conflicting!) interpretations of this key soteriological text.  30 minutes of exegesis then 30 minutes of cross-ex, with ten minutes of closing statements. We developed connection issues during the cross-examination and had to go to the phone to finish things up.  Jeff Durbin joined me after the debate to discuss some of the issues raised in the program. Here is the YouTube link:Live Video…

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3 Ingredients for Having an Amazing New Year – Beyond Evangelical – Christian Article

New years are wonderful. They hand you a reset button so you can reengineer your life. I’ve lived through beautiful years, mediocre years, hellish years, and years that were beyond mention and worthy to be repressed. Granted, much of what happens to us is beyond our control. But we are in control of our reaction to what happens. A few years ago, I discovered a certain recipe for posturing myself for having a great year. In this UNFILTERED update, I…

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Top Ten Posts of 2018 – Christian Article

I want to thank all of you who have read and interacted with this site over the last year. I am grateful for every one of you. For those of you who are interested, I give you the top 10 blog posts from 2018. This blog is a combination of content creation and content curation, which means that I sometimes write original material and that at other times I pass on to you items that I find interesting from elsewhere…

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What to Do When You’re Stuck in a Holding Pattern – Beyond Evangelical – Christian Article

When a plane is in mid air and cannot descend, it circles itself repeatedly until it’s given permission to land. We call this a “holding pattern.” Many of you are in a holding pattern right now with respect to one or more areas of your life: be it your spiritual life, your ministry, your business, your health, your career, and/or your relationships. You’re in constant motion, circling ground you’ve seen before, but you’re making no progress. In this article, I…

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The Gospels Reading Plan for 2019 – Christian Article

It is about that time of the year when we are introduced to creative ways to read our Bible for the next calendar year. Did you do it this year? This is my eleventh year encouraging others to take each day of the year to read and reflect on a single unit in the Gospels. Did you know there are about 365 units in the Gospels? In the past, I cited five good reasons to own a Gospel Synopsis.…

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