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Maintaining Orthodoxy


The literal translation for “orthodox” is “right belief”. The idea that there could be an absolute truth is clearly at odds with out postmodern culture which advocates equality of belief and ideas. The early church was very concerned about maintaining orthodoxy as was demonstrated in Acts 8 by Priscilla and Aquila.

How’s The Fishin’


Paul’s experience in Corinth should challenge us to see evangelism in a different way. Although its seems our western culture has moved on from the gospel, we need not think that our efforts to spread the gospel are in vain. We need to remember that God is still at work in people’s lives. Our calling is […]

So Simple It’s Genius


As Paul did some sightseeing in Athens he was distressed to see how lost in religions, superstitions, and philosophies the residents were. He couldn’t help but speak the simple truth of the gospel into this complex mosaic of ideas. His presentation to the philosophers is an excellent template for us as we seek to present […]

Can You Handle The Truth?


Jesus said that he was TRUTH. When we accept the TRUTH, we are given the Spirit of TRUTH. The Spirit of TRUTH transforms us, making us like Christ. All of this is, of course, contingent on our response to TRUTH. In Acts 17, we have a record of the very different responses of those exposed […]

A Love That Conquers Fear


A Rolling Stone article recently suggested that even though we are living  in the safest time in human history we are living in an age of fear. God does not want His children to live this way and He has done everything to free us from that fear. In Philippi, Paul and Silas demonstrate the difference that this freedom can […]

A Fresh Perspective on Plan B

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In Acts 16 we see  that Paul’s plans to spread the gospel in “Asia” were prevented by “the Spirit of Jesus”. He must have wondered why he was not being allowed to do what he figured he was called to do. How are we to respond when our plans are replaced by God’s Plan B? 

When We Disagree


In this life, there will be disagreements, as was evident in the early church. Our aversion to confrontation and our natural propensity to react by employing “fight or flight” can be overcome as we learn how to manage disagreements in a Godly and constructive manner. 

A Defining Moment For The Church


In Acts 15 we read of a conflict that would ultimately result in a clear defining of two distinct covenant communities, the old covenant community of the Jews and the new covenant community of Christians. The question that arose was whether or not Gentile believers needed to be circumcised and be part of the old covenant community. The […]