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MMQB - October 26, 2009

1. I cannot do without the regular, consistent gathering together with a church family to whom I am committed and obligated. It is essential for my soul. As we sang together to Jesus yesterday I was reminded of how much my soul needs to gather with the Tribe. My heart hurts for people that for whatever reason do not prioritize commitment to a local church family. Sometimes...

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Prayer Causes Things to Happen

I believe fervently in the sovereignty of God in all things. I also believe fervently in the necessity of prayer. Some call that a contradiction. I call it biblical.  ...

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Twenty years ago I met Pastor Randy

Twenty years ago this fall I was a scared “plebe” (freshman) at the United States Military Academy in West Point, New York. A few months before through the witness of my older brother I made a public profession of faith in Jesus at a crusade in my hometown. Now, as a scared freshman at an incredibly intimidating place, I was in a very vulnerable place spiritu...

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MMQB - October 12, 2009

1. Been thinking a lot lately about how addicted we are as a culture to entertainment. Sports and sitcoms and the like dominate our psyche. This certainly dramatically effects our expectations of God, the Bible, and church. We lust for laughter, lightness, and escapism. Most of us know much more about the storyline of our favorite show than we do about the storyline of the...

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Jesus gets the glory

Came across this great quote from Jim Hamilton, a professor/pastor in Louisville. Read the whole thing here. "Jesus gets glory when nobodies gather and love each other. Jesus gets glory when nobodies gather in moldy buildings in bad parts of town. Jesus gets glory when pastors forsake the wisdom of the world, set aside attempts to show off, open the Bible and preach it."&...

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MMQB (on a Wednesday)

Monday Morning Quarterback, October 7, 2009 (Okay, I realize it is Wednesday and not Monday…but I was busy). 1. What a great weekend with Jennifer in New York City celebrating her birthday. We love our four children dearly, but it is so good to spend time alone together. 2. I’m always struck by the mass of humanity when I go to NYC. So many languages, so ma...

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Pray by Kendall Payne

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Monday Morning Quarterback

Monday Morning Quarterback – 09.28.09  1. I’m very thankful to be able to pastor the Tribe. Choosing to be part of a faith family and committing your life to it is essential to real sanctification. I get frustrated like all pastors do I suspect but I could never imagine walking away from this group of people. I truly grieve for people that jump from churc...

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Distractions are the substance of ministry

"Distractions are the substance of ministry. The shepherd could get a lot more done without so many sheep." -Doug Wilson I heard this quote today and it convicted me. I'm convicted because I admit that sometimes I think people get in way and slow things down. They don't quite get the idea or the vision or feel the passion or whatever. As a result, they become and inconven...

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Songs that men can sing

I very much appreciate Matt Redman's thoughts on this issue. I've thought for some time that too many of the current popular worship songs tend towards femininity. I love femininity, for women. Redman rightly says that the church has been "under-fathered and over-mothered." We need songs that connect with women, and songs that connect with men. And we need masculine men wh...

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