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My Three Heroes: Dick Lucas

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Do you know what a "prebendary" is? Neither did I, the first time I met one! In contemporary usage, the title "prebendary" is given to senior clergy in the Church of England in recognition of distinguished service. The only prebendary I've ever known is my third hero, the Rev. Dick Lucas...

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My Three Heroes: John Stott

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The second of my three heroes is the Rev. John R.W. Stott (1921-2011), long-time Rector of All Souls Langham Place in London, England, and the founder of the Evangelical Fellowship in the Anglican Communion. In 2005, Time Magazine recognized Stott as one of the one-hundred most influential...

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My Three Heroes: J.I. Packer

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Since my earliest days in seminary, I have had three great heroes in ministry: J.I. Packer, John Stott, and Dick Lucas. If you don't mind, I'm going to spend some time over the next few weeks describing my relationship with each of these spiritual giants and telling you what they have meant to...

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Ordained for What?

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On July 22, 1989, I was ordained as a minister in the church of the Lord Jesus Christ. Leslie was by my side, as she has been now for thirty years. The ceremony was held at St. Christopher's Episcopal Church in Anchorage, Alaska. The officiant was Episcopal Bishop George C. Harris, an old-school...

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Our Church's 8th Anniversary

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Christ Church Carrollton first met on Sunday, July 18, 2010. We were legally organized a few days earlier, on Tuesday, July 13, as a non-profit corporation. We were incorporated under the name of Christ Church Northeast Texas, because on the day we filed our papers with the Texas Secretary of...

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Babes in Christ

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My family and I are just back from a wonderful family reunion in Colorado Springs. One of the highlights was seeing the twelve youngest cousins getting to know each other. Several had never met, and, outside of their individual family units, none of them really knew each other. After four...

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Declaration of Dependence

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I love our country. I specifically love that we are a Christian country. I don't mean that every American is a Christian--that's never been the case--but it is a statistical fact that for all of our country's history--from the colonial era, right up to 2018--the great majority of Americans have...

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Always Sinners

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I have recently been discussing the topic of whether it is possible for a Christian to live a sinless life. The short answer is Yes, it is possible; and what's more, Christians will one day live sinless lives, but only, as the Westminster Confession says, "in the state of glory," among "the...

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Tabletalk

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Posted by Bill Lovell on

Daily Bible study is a hallmark of serious discipleship. Reading the Bible and reflecting on it, every day, does more than almost anything else to help each of us to grow in Christ. Even a modest investment of time and effort, with God's grace, produces a bountiful harvest. A daily devotional...

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Love God & Love Neighbor

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"Love God & Love Neighbor." That's the theme of this year's annual General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in America. Representatives from PCA churches all across the country (including me) are gathering in Atlanta for a week of Biblical refection on Jesus' Greatest Commandment: "The...

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