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Church on the Way

Posted by Bill Lovell on

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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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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