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Holy Week 2015

Growing Spiritually During Holy Week: Do You Have a Plan?

It’s just about Holy Week, and I wonder if you have a plan? Holy week, you say, where’s that in the Bible?  Glad you asked. That exact phrase is not in the Bible.  But then, neither is the word Trinity. But just as a description of the triune God is all over the New Testament, I’d like you to consider the prominence of this very significant week in Scripture. Do you realize that one third of Jesus’ teaching in the four gospels focus on this week. And one third of his works took place during … Read More...

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The Tolerance of Intolerance

The Intolerance of Tolerance?!?

Now you’d think that tolerance would be. . . . well. . . . tolerant.  But one author has written about The Intolerance of Tolerance.  That’s the title of a recent book by D.A. Carson.[1]  I had the opportunity to interview him on this topic for a recent President’s Forum at RTS Orlando. "The intolerance of tolerance?!"   According to Carson, … Read More...


Churchill, by Paul Johnson, A Book Review by Don Sweeting

  Churchill, by Paul Johnson, A Book Review by Don Sweeting for Books, Culture, Media, Life in the 21st Century (3rd edition), a journal of Colorado Christian University. Of the making of Churchill biographies, there is no end! But the best concise one-volume biography, in my opinion, is Paul Johnson’s Churchill (Penguin, 2009). Why is … Read More...


The Year Ahead: 2015, Scoping Out The Calendar

What does the year 2015 hold? Part of pastoring involves anticipating what people will be thinking about as we lead our flocks and minister the Word of God to them. Of course, predicting the future is a hazardous business. There are many events in 2015 that we simply have no way of anticipating. Who can predict weather events, earthquakes, … Read More...


The Door of Humility

It’s a small door, only about four feet tall and two feet wide.  You have to bow down to go through it. The threshold is surrounded by three large stones.  For security reasons, there is usually an armed soldier standing next to it.   They call it “The Door of Humility.”  It is the door into the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem—one of the oldest … Read More...

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