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Parish Mission 2018

Posted by Bill Lovell on

Please take a moment right now to open your calendar, turn to November 9-11, and make note of our upcoming Parish Mission 2018, with Julian and Chris Russell. The Russells are PCA missionaries in the Bahamas. They will lead us in a study of Acts 11 called "Profile of a Bridge...

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Praying for James

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I am praying for James. In a lot of ways, James is just an average six-year-old boy. Three things that make him exceptional are his good looks, his sweet disposition and his high intelligence. The fourth exceptional thing about James is that his mother insists he's a girl.  Just to be...

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On Turning Sixty

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In just a few days, on Wednesday, September 26, 2018, I am currently scheduled to turn sixty years of age. To mark the occasion, I'm hosting my own sixtieth birthday party at the C2 Cafe, from 6:30pm-8:00pm.  My original plan was for my party to have a "Bill-bo" Baggins theme, a la "Lord...

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Pastoral Care at Christ Church

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Pastoral care--looking after one another and helping one another--is deeply engrained in church life, by Jesus' own command. In John 13:34-35, for instance, the Lord tells his people: "I give you a new command: Love one another. Just as I have loved you, you are also to love one another. By this...

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Church on the Way

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In the book of Acts, the author Luke uses the words “the Way” six times to talk about those who seek to follow Jesus. If you check, you will find "the Way" (Greek, τὴν Ὁδὸν) used in this fashion in Acts 9:2, 19:9, 19:23, 22:4, 24:14, and 24:22...

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My Friend, Dustin Messer

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It was four years ago this month that I first met Dustin William Messer. On August 10, 2014, he and his awesome wife Whitney visited Christ Church Carrollton for the very first time. I loved them both instantly! Over coffee after the service, Dustin shared his interest in ministry and his...

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My Fourth Hero

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My fourth hero, Otis Allan Glazebrook, is someone I've never met and someone you've probably never even heard of. Born in 1845, he died in 1931, twenty-seven years before I was born. Even so, I can honestly say Glazebrook has had a profound influence on my life. In fact, he may actually have had...

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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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