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The Other Reason Tithing Matters

By Mike Glenn Most of us, ministers and lay people alike, are uncomfortable talking about money in the church. Pastors are always sensitive to sounding like television evangelists and the members think it’s just nobody’s business what they give – or don’t give – to the church. Occasionally, there will be a gift so large […]



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The Most Challenging Passage (RJS)

I have long felt that the most challenging passage in Scripture is found at the beginning of Genesis 6. When human beings began to increase in number on the earth and daughters were born to them, the sons of God saw that the daughters of humans were beautiful, and they married any of them they […]



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The Final Triumph of Grace

What does it mean to confess the Final Judgment in our creeds and catechisms? The most common approach to final judgment is about “Will I get to heaven?” That is, eternal life beyond the judgment is about personal salvation, and for the same common approach that decision is now so that any actual awe about […]



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So What’s Mutual Submission?

From CBE, by Jeffrey Miller Many Christians, certainly most egalitarians, are familiar with Ephesians 5:21, “Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ” (NIV). But as well-known as this passage is, it’s still common to wonder what mutual submission actually looks like in practice. Here’s my take on it: Isaac and Me A friend […]



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Spirit and Scripture (RJS)

Perhaps the most neglected and disputed aspect of Christian faith is the person and role of the Holy Spirit. We (most of us anyway) will recite the Apostle’s Creed with sincerity and affirm a Trinitarian doctrine of God as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and […]



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The Spiral Of Forgiveness (Mike Glenn)

The Spiral of Forgiveness Most of us believe forgiving someone is an easy thing. Forgiveness usually goes something like this: someone does something wrong and they feel bad. The offending party then goes to the person they offended and apologizes. The person who was wounded is supposed say, “That’s OK. I forgive you.” There you […]



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AOP Homeschooling – Straw Tulip Craft with Free Printable

Following April’s showers (or snowstorms this year), come the flowers of May, and one of the most popular spring-blooming perennials is the tulip. To brighten your homeschool this spring with a fun craft, use our free printable and a straw to create your own paper tulips.



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AOP Homeschooling – Straw Tulip Craft with Free Printable


Daily Prayer for April 26

How good it is to give thanks to you, O Lord, to sing in your honor, O Most High God, to proclaim your constant love every morning, and your faithfulness every night. Psalm 92:1-2, TEV

We thank you, Lord our God. How much good you have poured out on us throughout our lives! And how much we should thank you every day! We thank you that again and again we feel your help and know that you can fill our earthly life with what is of heaven. May your kingdom come over the whole world, for all people are longing for faith and for mercy and are to be gathered into your house under the staff of the Good Shepherd, Jesus Christ. Watch over us during the night. May your help go far and wide into the whole world. Stand by those who call upon you, even when they do not understand how they should pray. Help us and grant that the Savior may come, to the glory of your name. Amen.


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Death of the Church 3

By Todd Dildine, who is a pastor at a small neighborhood church in Uptown, one of the most diverse neighborhoods in Chicago. He is most passionate about helping the church navigate the challenges of post-Christendom. Todd loves playing volleyball and he’s going to get married this summer! This is Part 3 of a blog series […]



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Is Evangelicalism A Part Of Modernity?

One of the most important, if not cutting edge, elements of D. Bruce Hindmarsh’s excellent new book, (The Spirit of Early Evangelicalism), is that evangelicalism arose alongside and integrated with modernity. It became a movement, as we sketched in our previous post, because of modernity’s mobility.  Mobility made it a movement. Three marks of a […]



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Is Evangelicalism A Part Of Modernity?