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Challenging Our Motivations and Supporting Harmony

I recently got back from a business trip to Guam, a tiny island territory of the US located directly south of Japan and east of the Philippines.  Internet connectivity is usually pretty bad on the island since every hotel is made of poured concrete to protect against typhoons.  Forcing myself … Continue reading

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Tagged on : Ephesians
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ALS Ice-Bucket Challenge: God Knows My Motives

Even though I deleted my Facebook account, I still manage the Facebook account for our church which requires me to log on so I can make updates to the various ministry ‘Fan Pages’. In the split second between Facebook loading and me click on the ‘Pages’ admin button, I saw … Continue reading

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Tagged on : 1 Thessalonians , Romans
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Confession: A Baptist With Different Thoughts On Baptism

Most of us come from different backgrounds, even in a small community like Caroline County.  We have different family values, traditions, and church histories.  My church history comes from the Episcopal and Lutheran churches which are fairly different from the Baptist church that I have come to know and love.  When … Continue reading

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Tagged on : Hebrews , Matthew
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Dealing With Free Will… Other People’s, Not Yours

Free Will must be the most awesome and most terrifying aspect of human nature.  When God created the world, with all of it’s lovely buzzing, walking, and squawking things, He gave mankind the unique ability to exercise Free Will (with capital letters because it’s super awesome).  This meant that mankind could … Continue reading

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Tagged on : Matthew , Romans
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Things I Did Wrong In Youth Ministry: #2) I Will Regularly Check My Motives and Evaluate My Heart

I’ve been reading a book that was stuffed away in a cabinet at my desk called Your First Two Years In Youth Ministry by Doug Fields.  Every page seems to resonate with me by either telling me how to better prepare myself as a youth leader or by explaining to me why … Continue reading

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Tagged on : Deuteronomy
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