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Social Justice and the American Dream @SamuelWhittaker

The prophetic indictments against the people of God for their failure to follow his commands to care for the poor and marginalized are always chilling for me to read. This week I was struck by the simple command given through the prophet Amos, “Hate evil,…
Prophetic indictments against the people of God for their failure to follow his commands to care for the poor and marginalized are chilling for me to read.
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How Perfectionism Helps and Hurts. By Julia Mayo. @VerityFell0ship

Worldly perfectionism causes us to question whether we're good enough, to miss opportunities because we’re afraid of failing, and to fixate on the immediate rather than eternal. It distracts us from fulfilling our mission by setting our hearts on…
How do we begin to pursue godly perfection and leave worldly perfectionism behind?
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Looking for a Church. By John Johnson.

In the craziness of schedules, and the distractions of a culture overly satiated with information, many people are too busy or disinterested to attend church regularly. And if they do, what will they find?-If a total unbeliever walked in, would he come…
What should a church be? Why are environment, message, ethos and place important in a church?
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The “B” Word: Is it a good time to be affiliated with the Baptist denomination? @pastoraflow

Is our feeling about the word “Baptist” a reality? Is it true that most unchurched people out there have negative feelings toward the word “Baptist”? Has it really become dirty word? I don’t want there to be any obstacles to our ability to proclaim the…
My church still has the word “Baptist” in its name. Part of the reason we haven’t scrubbed the word Baptist off our sign is because we have a pretty good reputation in our community and have never felt huge pressure to change. But I totally get why some churches do feel that pressure.
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Beating the College Debt Trap: Getting a Degree Without Going Broke @ronmarrs @CorbanU @chediak @Zondervan

Dr. Alex Chediak, a professor of engineering and physics at California Baptist University has written a book that, I believe, should be read by all students and parents prior to making decisions about college. He has provided a very accessible book that…
The subject of college debt is a critical issue for students and their parents in the consideration of college.
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A Sacramental Perspective on Creativity and the Arts from @pj_schreiner. @humblebeast #canvas2016

I am afraid that we have relegated Christianity to something in our mind and lost the sense of how holistic redemption is, how God communicates what Christianity is through the images that he has given to his church. There is a felt flatness to some…
The sacramental images, such as Baptism and the Lord’s Supper, teach us that Christianity is a complete worldview. They declare we don’t occupy two worlds.
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The Story of the Bible: The Historical Books. By Dr. Carl Laney.

Today’s post is the second installment in a series that breaks the story of the Bible down into ten ‘chapters’. Read Chapter One: The Books of Moses. Chapter Two: The Historical Books The historical books cover about one thousand years of Israel’s…
The historical books cover about one thousand years of Israel’s history, beginning with the conquest of Canaan and ending with the return from Babylonian captivity.
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The Story of the Bible: Understanding the books of Moses. By Dr. Carl Laney.

The sixty-six books of the Bible can be divided up into ten major sections based on their literary form and content. We can understand the Bible better if we understand how each section advances the Great Story of God’s redeeming fallen humanity,…
The sixty-six books of the Bible can be divided up into ten major sections based on their literary form and content.
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The Endeavor of a Lifetime. @VerityFell0ship @ktlynnrob

There are very few endeavors in this world that can capture a person’s interest for a lifetime. Just like a much anticipated birthday present loses a child’s attention within a few days, (or even minutes), so the undertakings we most anticipate eventually…
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Death And Destruction In The Garden @davidathommen

When Adam and Eve did what God told them not to do, they put themselves at the center of everything. They wanted to be like God. We can do the same thing, and when we do, it evidences the death and destruction that came in the garden - like those who made…
When Adam and Eve did what God told them not to do, they put themselves at the center of everything. They wanted to be like God.
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Tell All The Truth But Tell It Slant. What is creative truth-telling? @DemetriusLeroy @humblebeast #canvas2016

Tell the ALL truth… but tell it SLANT. That takes creativity. And the more creative you are, likely, the less direct you’re going to be. It’s not enough to ask, “What’s the truth I wanna get across?” But also, “What’s my angle? What’s my slant?”
This poem is a call to the winsome and clever use of truth. Dickinson suggests, “Tell ALL the Truth, but tell it slant.” Yes, tell it SLANT.
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Beauty and Life in the Garden. @JRyanLister's lecture from #canvas2016. @humblebeast

Christians talk all the time about Eden and rightfully so, yet, it usually is just to set the scene for the upcoming drama rather than be a part of the drama itself. But when we come seeking God’s agenda rather than pushing our own, we see that Eden is…
The description of Eden’s beauty gives way to the crafty snake chapter 3. But the next chapter doesn’t make sense without exploring Eden’s beauty further.
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