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When I hear someone talk about “confessing sin,” the first thought that comes to mind is someone – who has committed some major indiscretion – responding publicly at the end of a sermon. There is a time and place for that type of confession. However, what is even more important is the ordinary, day-to-day, informal confession of sin to one another. Sadly, I’m afraid this is almost non-existent in the lives of many Christians. And the fact that many are not confessing sin to one another should concern us in the church.

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It wasn’t too many years ago that I was a young unmarried Christian man and I got plenty of advice from older, well-meaning Christians. Most of that advice was fantastic; but unfortunately, I completely ignored almost all of it. I was embarrassed and even offended when it was offered to me. So I’m hoping there are some young Christians who are wiser than I was and are willing to listen to advice from a slightly older brother in Christ about dating.

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Some people think the goal of evangelism is simply to grow a congregation; as long as pews are filling up, they believe the goal of evangelism is being achieved. For others, it’s all about baptisms; as long as people are being baptized, the goal of evangelism is being achieved. Don’t get me wrong, baptisms and “church growth” are certainly good things, but these could absolutely be in vain if we do not understand the primary goal of evangelism.

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I’m just going to say it flat out, the Lord’s church should NOT be segregated. The church isn’t supposed to be segregated by skin color, age, economics, or anything else. But far too often we choose to segregate ourselves into separate congregations and even into separate and distinct groups within the same congregation. Here are a few thoughts on resolving the problem of segregation in the church.

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My entire life I have heard this saying, “Speak where the Bible speaks; be silent where the Bible is silent,” or phrases very similar. I have heard this phrase lauded, I have heard it ridiculed, and I have heard it misused. Recently, a reader of this blog asked me to address this phrase and what it really means. I would love to do just that.

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Occasionally I will have a conversation, or overhear a conversation, where a person is told what the Bible says on a certain subject, but they quickly respond, “Well, that’s just your interpretation!” As if that statement settled the matter once and for all. They seem to believe everyone has a right to their own interpretation of Scripture and one interpretation is just as valid as another. Here are a few thoughts on that line of reasoning.

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Do you remember when phones were just phones? Do you remember when they were attached to the wall in your home and there was no way to text, e-mail, Facebook, or tweet with them? I remember those days. Things have certainly changed, haven’t they? Not all of it is bad. I think technology has it’s place, but I have a challenge I would like for you to consider this Thanksgiving.

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When a crazed gunman shoots children at an elementary school, protestors are rioting in the streets, a hurricane destroys a city, or terrorists detonate bombs and shoot innocent people, people are quick to take to social media. The things they post range from sympathetic to absurdly inappropriate. If you will allow me, I would like to suggest four things Christians should do when tragedies like these occur:

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I have been asked by several to share my thoughts on Halloween. As the day came and went this year, I reflected on the issue quite a bit. It seems to me there is a group of Christians who say something along the lines of, “It’s an evil holiday. If your kids eat candy or wear costumes, you’re sinning.” And another group of Christians say, “It’s fine. It’s just kids having fun. Don’t take it so seriously.” Honestly, I’ve never found myself in either of these two camps. Here are my thoughts on Christians celebrating Halloween.

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If you’ve been a reader of this blog for any time at all, you know I am a firm believer in congregational singing in the worship assembly. I believe it is biblical and I believe it is beneficial. But I also believe our congregational singing can become wrong if we are not careful. If we think we are right, simply because we are singing each Sunday, then we better re-examine what the New Testament actually says. Here are some times when our congregational singing becomes wrong.

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