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Using Your Home for the Gospel

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Do you think of your home as something you can use for the gospel? If not, you should. Lately I've been reading Rosaria Butterfield's The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert. In the author's autobiographical reflection, she describes her dramatic coming to Christ from a life of sexual...

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In Praise of Grace DC

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My trip to Washington to drop off my son James was a blast! James, his brother John, and I checked out Meridian, Mississippi; Atlanta, Georgia; Asheville, North Carolina; Kitty Hawk, North Carolina; and Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. We see so many interesting and beautiful things and places! For...

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Ministry to State

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The Presbyterian Church has a long and storied history of involvement with the political life of the communities we serve. From John Knox who sought the transformation of the nation of Scotland through the preaching of the gospel, to John Witherspoon, a colonial Presbyterian, who was the only...

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Who Are You Inviting?

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Your next door neighbor? The colleague you like to joke with in the employee lounge? Your aunt grieving a recent loss? That relative who sometimes talks dismissively about Christianity? The nice couple you met last week on the Square? Your best friend? Your worst enemy? The stranger you just...

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Beating the Bounds 2019

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Several years ago, I was visiting London on Ascension Day when I had the chance to observe an ancient custom called "Beating the Bounds." I can't even remember which Anglican church I was visiting, but I'll never forget the Vicar saying that, for almost 800 years, Christians had marched around...

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Praying for our Community

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One of our church's goals is to engage our community for Christ. One way I have sought to do that is by making myself available to pray in a wide variety of public settings. Just this week, our County Commissioner, my friend J.J. Koch, asked me to pray for the Dallas County Commissioners Court...

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They Trusted Jesus' Resurrection

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The pioneers who founded Carrollton, Texas, were people who trusted Jesus Christ and his resurrection. When they arrived in the mid-1840's—just a few years after the Battle of the Alamo—what is now Dallas County was a very dangerous place. The folks who moved here had to put up with...

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Assembling the PCA

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Leslie and I recently purchased a car seat for our newborn granddaughters. Printed on the box, in bold letters, were the daunting words "Some Assembly Required." You can guess what's coming next! Leslie and I are both sixty years old, with college degrees, and yet assembling that car seat took a...

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Resurrection & Witness

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In 1 Corinthians 15, Paul reflects extensively on the intimate connection between Jesus' resurrection and the witness of Jesus' disciples—Cephas, the twelve, the five-hundred, James, "the rest of the apostles," and finally Paul himself. Since then, their witness has been passed down across...

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A Season not Just a Day

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Easter is a season not just a single day. The season is based on the Gospel accounts of Jesus' activities between the time when he was raised from the dead and when he sent the Holy Spirit.  Traditionally Christians have taken these fifty days—from Easter Sunday up to Pentecost...

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