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Not-So-Great Expectations

Whenever I carry out pre-marital counseling with a young couple, I dedicate an entire session to the subject of expectations and communication. I do so, because of the way in which this prevalent and recurring issue lays at ground zero of many hurting and broken marriages. Relationships are strained or decimated by unspoken or unrealistic expectations. This is no less tru...

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Deacons and the Poor in the Church

Currently, we are in the process of training and electing our first deacons at New Covenant. Consequently, I've had the privilege of studying, in a focused way, the nature and function of this important office. I have found careful biblical and historical research on this branch of ecclesiology to be exceedingly beneficial. Somewhat surprisingly, however, the office o...

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Plagiarizing and Quoting in Preaching

Many years ago, on a phone call with the legendary Scottish minister, Eric Alexander, I had one of the most meaningful conversations that I've ever had on the subject of preaching. In the course of that conversation, we began to discuss the requirement of the minister to give proper attribution to things borrowed from the minds of other pastors and theologians. I ask...

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