Tag Archives: Christianity

As Believers, Christ IS Our Culture

What does it look like when the Lord Jesus Christ governs the devices we use and the money we earn and the clothes we wear? Continue reading

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Beware of Bias

The history of God’s people is littered with examples of people who proved that God’s grace is sufficient to enable us to endure and enjoy to the end. Build upon the line of faith set before you. Continue reading

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We Are Blessed

The Rodgers Baptist Church is an exceedingly blessed congregation. In an era when many churches have been shuttered rather than sustained, this one has celebrated 80 years of gospel ministry. One reason why this church has been able to join … Continue reading

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The End of the Matter at the Start of the Year

Ecclesiastes is a very modern book in the sense of speaking to the dilemmas and frustrations that strike us as so contemporary to our own experience while providing very practical and pastoral answers to those dilemmas. The thesis of the … Continue reading

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The Contagion

Attitudes are contagious. Have you ever noticed what happens to a group of people when one person, by just his expression or body language, reveals a negative attitude? Or have you noticed the lift you receive when a friend’s facial … Continue reading

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New Beginnings

The book of Joshua records the nation of Israel’s conquest and occupation of Canaan. This book is not allegorical. It is historical fact. We are not studying Joshua just to learn some interesting and violent historical facts. The nascent nation’s … Continue reading

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Congratulations, Darrell and Carla Sparks!

Last night I was privileged to participate in an event celebrating Darrell and Carla Sparks’ 25 years of ministry at the Dearborn Baptist Church of Aurora, IN. That congregation has been exceedingly blessed and well-served for its entire existence by … Continue reading

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Leading 1st Century Churches in the 21st Century

(This was originally preached at my ordination by D.W. Sparks) Last words are important, aren’t they?  If you knew that you would be speaking to someone you love for the very last time, you would be sure to communicate something … Continue reading

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Paul’s Method of Ministry

There is a method of ministry that Paul displays and which 21st century churches should emulate. That method is clearly seen in Acts 20:20, “[And] how I kept back nothing that was profitable [unto you], but have shewed you, and … Continue reading

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Paul’s Manner of Ministry

Many people desire spirituality but not a biblical spirituality. To minister in this age, our 21st century churches need to model themselves after 1st century congregations. Let’s look at Acts 20:18-19, and we will see the manner in which the … Continue reading

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