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Christopher Drew
Worked at First Presbyterian Church
Attended Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary
Lives in Jackson, MN
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Does this sound familiar?

Oh, what would some preachers do to get the people to hear them at all? Ah, what are they not doing, dear friends? As things now go, I should not wonder at all if we were to have, in some of our places of worship, a part of Mr. Barnum's show, in order to attract a congregation! We have all kinds of fiddling, and tinkering, and I know not what, going on to get people to come and hear what is called the gospel.

"Oh," said one, "but he brought so many to the place!" Yes, if they had had a clown out of the theatre, he would, no doubt, have brought in still more. If that is all that you want, -- simply gather a crowd together, -- it is not so very difficult if you are not squeamish about the means you employ. But, oh! when God sends the people to hear the gospel and nothing else, and they come and listen to what a man has to say to them about heaven and hell, life and death, the cross of Christ and the way of salvation, that is [a clear sign that God is at work]."

Charles H. Spurgeon, "The Lord Leading; David Following"
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The analysis had me rolling.
I'm going to cut the preamble here and get straight to the chase: what the hell is going on in this GIF? How did it all happen? Did a troupe of butterflies flap their wings really hard on the other...
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The last thing the world needs is me talking more about me.
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Yea but apparently no one is following it yet....
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"Christ being our propitiatory sacrifice, our substitute, if that isn't as central to our preaching as it was to the Apostles, .... where Isaiah 53 is attributed to Christ--the link is made to Christ as our Passover lamb--then we're probably not in a church. We're probably in a community group that is interested in Jesus as someone or something other than the one crucified for our sins and raised for our justification."

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The Civil Rights movement was built on the egalitarian assumption that African Americans shared with those of European ancestry a common humanity which transcended and ultimately undermined racial categories; by contrast, LGBTQ politics assumes that self-determined individual sexual identity trumps everything. It is thus built not on the foundation of a common humanity but on the priority of the individual’s will.

From an excellent blog post by Carl Trueman.

Our radical individualism is just another attempt to deliver us from our finitude and sin. In our fallen state, we either (1) try to work our way into righteousness, or (2) pretend that our unrighteousness doesn't exist. It's a constant battle to either tilt the balance in our favor, or pretend that the balance isn't necessary in our case, because we're not so bad after all.

Jesus is a direct threat to both approaches, which is why Christianity is in the crosshairs all the time.
Current debates about identity might seem unprecedented but they have roots deep in medieval discussions.
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Morning, Jul 22, by Charles Spurgeon

I am married unto you.
— Jeremiah 3:14

Christ Jesus is joined unto his people in marriage-union. In love he espoused his Church as a chaste virgin, long before she fell under the yoke of bondage. Full of burning affection he toiled, like Jacob for Rachel, until the whole of her purchase-money had been paid, and now, having sought her by his Spirit, and brought her to know and love him, he awaits the glorious hour when their mutual bliss shall be consummated at the marriage-supper of the Lamb. Not yet hath the glorious Bridegroom presented his betrothed, perfected and complete, before the Majesty of heaven; not yet hath she actually entered upon the enjoyment of her dignities as his wife and queen: she is as yet a wanderer in a world of woe, a dweller in the tents of Kedar; but she is even now the bride, the spouse of Jesus, dear to his heart, precious in his sight, written on his hands, and united with his person. On earth he exercises towards her all the affectionate offices of Husband. He makes rich provision for her wants, pays all her debts, allows her to assume his name, and to share in all his wealth. Nor will he ever act otherwise to her. The word divorce he will never mention, for “He hateth putting away.” Death must sever the conjugal tie between the most loving mortals, but it cannot divide the links of this immortal marriage. In heaven they marry not, but are as the angels of God; yet there is this one marvellous exception to the rule, for in Heaven Christ and his Church shall celebrate their joyous nuptials. This affinity as it is more lasting, so is it more near than earthly wedlock. Let the love of husband be never so pure and fervent, it is but a faint picture of the flame which burns in the heart of Jesus. Passing all human union is that mystical cleaving unto the Church, for which Christ left his Father, and became one flesh with her.

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"God does not delight in sin, no matter how moral it is."

-John Piper
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No sin is moral.
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"To have faith in Christ means to cease trying to win God's favor by one's own character."

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A true wife is her husband's better half and his heart's treasure. In her company he finds his earthly heaven.

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I can't agree with "better half", but the rest I can go along with. "Better half" only re-enforces destructive feminist ideas. I have a friend who, in his own wedding, pronounced that he was tired of hearing that his new wife was a great gift. He publicly proclaimed that he was just as much a gift to her. They were a gift to each other.
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This is one of those days when I don't know how I'm going to eat everything. 😀
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I have a theory about +Google+. It has been said that this is a "ghost town." And yet, Google keeps making updates and investments in the platform. Why is that?

Here's the theory: +Google is preparing for the ultimate demise of Twitter, and all those users are going to want to go somewhere.

I think +Google might actually have the last laugh. It may seem crazy to say so now, but let's see what happens, shall we?
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+Robert Aronson Agreed. I like the idea already put forth for a social media called "Trumpet".
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  • Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary
    M.Div, 2004 - 2007
  • University of Utah
    MBA, 1991 - 1992
  • University of Utah
    BS Management, 1987 - 1991
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δουλος Χριστου
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δουλος Χριστου. Husband of Sara. Father of Daniel, Lydia, and Rebekah. Presbyterian pastor.
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The reason a Christian preaches about hell is because that is what he deserves. That's why grace is astonishing. 
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  • First Presbyterian Church
    Pastor, 2008 - 2015
  • First Presbyterian Church
    Temporary Supply Pastor, 2007 - 2008
  • Accenture
    Senior Manager, 1993 - 2003
  • Various Congregations
    Supply Preacher, 2015 - present
    Preached and led worship in a variety of contexts, including Presbyterian, Baptist, and Reformed Church in America congregations.
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Salt Lake City, UT - San Francisco, CA - Austin, TX - Portland, TX
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This is a hidden gem among the cornfields. Excellent steaks. Large portions. We frequently get the battered cod, which is amazing. Highly recommended.
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Excellent coffee. They also have a good selection of sweet and savory treats, along with sandwiches and soups. The coffee house itself is well designed and very comfortable.
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This is a family favorite. Consistently good food and service. Highly recommended.
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