I often see Christians post on social media, “God is good” and, to be honest, it often makes me cringe. I don’t cringe because I disagree with the statement. Obviously, God is good! And I don’t cringe because someone is giving glory to God. I’m so glad they are giving glory to God.

Here is why I cringe…

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How to be the Church of Grace

Wes  —  January 14, 2015

The word “grace” appears over 100 times in the New Testament. One could easily say that grace is one of the most dominant themes of the New Testament. The apostle John began his gospel account by saying, “The law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ” (John 1:17). Therefore, it is only right for Christ’s church to be known as a people of grace. Or, in other words, the church of Christ should be the church of grace.

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When unbelievers look at the Christian lifestyle, they often comment on how dull, boring, and unenjoyable it must be. They see us as living a deprived life, under an archaic set of rules that keep us from having any fun. But in reality, nothing could be further from the truth. There are far more reasons to celebrate life as a believer than as an unbeliever. Here are some reasons why believers can enjoy life more than unbelievers.

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I regret that I have written several posts explaining why I am opposed to the use of mechanical instruments in worship, but I have never written a positive post, simply explaining why I believe in congregational a cappella singing. So in this post, I would like to explain – in purely positive terms – why I believe in congregational a cappella singing.

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In my childhood, I argued about Christmas a lot. “You know,” I would say in a matter-of-fact tone, “Jesus wasn’t really born on December 25th.” I relished correcting people about the inaccuracies of their religious holiday and their little nativity scenes. Since then I’ve learned, you can be right and be wrong at the same time. I was right, Jesus most likely was not born on December 25th, but I was dead wrong for thinking that arguing that point was somehow pleasing to God.

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Sermon: “The Idol of Politics”

Wes  —  December 20, 2014

There has been a lot of discussion about my recent sermon, “The Idol of Politics,” so I wanted to share it with you. You can find it on our church website or by clicking on the image below.

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When we think of the word, “Christian,” what comes to mind? How do we define this word in our minds? Most people think a Christian is someone who “goes to church” or has been baptized or tries to follow the teachings of the Bible. But I would like to suggest that most of us don’t have a full understanding of the word “Christian” because we don’t understand the root word, “Christ.”

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Over the last couple of weeks, there has been a lot of discussion about the woman’s role in the church. More and more young ladies are frustrated that they are not allowed to preach and teach during the public worship assembly. They see a prohibition against female preachers as misogynistic and oppressive. Much has been said in regards to this, but here are a few points I hope we’ll consider.

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How can we be expected to worship “in spirit and in truth” (John 4:24) if we do not even know what it means to worship? There is so much confusion over this word and instead of worship bringing Christians together as one body, as it should, it often becomes the very thing that divides us. Here are a few things I believe we must understand about worship.

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While the church desperately needs to recognize the distinction between our doctrines and our man-made traditions, we also need to fight the urge to dismiss all traditions as irrelevant and out-of-date. The man-made traditions of yesterday have an extremely important role to play in the church today. We just need to recognize – and respect – them for what they are.

Here’s why we should respect our man-made traditions…

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