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Ministering to the Mobile

If you had told me 8 years ago that I would parachute plant a church in a small waterfront peninsula in Savannah, GA with a 40-70% military officer ratio at any given period, I would have thought you were crazy. I had no desire to plant a church--let alone one in a military community. I simply wanted to pastor an established church. When we finally began to gather a fe...

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Echoes of the Glory of Christ

When we think of the humiliation and exaltation of Christ we tend to do so in terms of the two stages of His incarnate existence--namely, His incarnation/death and His resurrection/ascension. However, there are echoes of the exalted glory of Christ scattered throughout the Gospel records. In his extraordinary sermon, "Glorying in the Cross of Christ," John Maclaurin--o...

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The Insatiable Quest for Greatness

Not that long ago, a friend of mine who is planting a church in a major city in the U.S. told me that one of the ministers in the church planting network to which he belongs told him, "You have to position yourself around guys who are excelling and who are well connected in order to get ahead in the church." The minister was not saying this with any degree of criticism. I ...

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The Most Neglected Part of Christ's Saving Work

In recent years, it has become more commonplace to hear certain theologians emphasize that the ascension and present reign of Christ are the most neglected aspects of His work of redemption; and, while there is great merit in highlighting the consequences of such a neglect of these precious truths, I have come to believe that the most neglected part of Christ's saving work...

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The Crown of Thorns

The crown of thorns was the symbol of the cursed ground out of which man was taken. When Adam rebelled, he rejected God's reign and crowned himself king. God pronounced the curse over the very place that had formerly been the source of blessing and goodness. Because the ground rebelled against its maker, the ground would no longer easily yield its fruit for man. In order...

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