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God and Gender

The Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act, signed into North Carolina law last year, otherwise known as the “bathroom bill,” touched off a firestorm of debate and dialogue about gender. The Trump administration recently withdrew Obama-era protections for transgender students in public schools that let them use bathrooms and facilities corresponding with their gender identity. …

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How To Make The Right Decision

Pastor, how do I know I am making the right decision? Some questions seem to get asked more than others, and the one written above is one of the questions I hear most often. I would like to make a humble attempt at answering this question. Granted, all situations are different. This question is asked …

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Whose Life Matters?

Virtually everyone reading this has an opinion about the current public debate concerning the relationship between citizens and those in law enforcement. Those in the Black Lives Matter movement feel strongly that African Americans have been the unjust recipients of police brutality and lethal force for too long. The recent murderous attacks upon police officers …

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Making Members Counselors

I vividly remember sitting in pastoral counseling class over a decade ago when my professor said something I’ve never forgotten. He asked, “When do you become someone’s counselor?” After allowing a few seconds for us to think he answered, “You become someone’s counselor when they walk up to you and say, ‘Hey, you got a …

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The Day After the Election

November 9th Wednesday, November 9 has huge implications. It will be a day that determines the trajectory of our country. Few days rival its significance. I know what you are thinking. Isn’t November 8 Election Day? He must have his dates wrong. No, actually, I don’t. On November 8, the 45th president of the United …

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Pastoring to the Wedding Alter

One will hardly hear a sermon on marriage without the pastor pointing out the divorce rate inside of the church and how it differs little for those outside the church. Of course there is desperate need to help heal broken marriages. I am convinced, however, that our greatest defense against unhealthy marriages and divorce is …

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The Flash Hunt

Turkey hunting is about patience and confidence. You have to be confident that no matter how long you’ve been calling, listening, walking, hiking, wading, and sometimes crawling, just around the next bend your entire hunt can change. Likewise, patience fights discouragement by reminding us that every hunt will not end with a trigger pull. With …

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Why I Don’t Drink

Preacher, is it wrong to drink? From time to time I get a single question from several different members on different occasions. When this happens I assume that the issue is obviously something on the minds of those whom I have the privilege of pastoring. Consuming alcohol is a perfect example of this. Almost monthly …

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Modest Is Hottest

Mom’s give standing ovations all the time. Ball games, piano recitals, and awards days are just a few events you will see mothers proudly jumping to their feet with shouts and applause for their child’s accomplishment. No matter how small or large, moms know how to celebrate the wins in our lives and their praise …

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You Can Have My Sermon Manuscripts

The national conversation has been dominated by the news out of Houston, Texas that Mayor Annise Parker’s legal team has subpoenaed the sermon manuscripts of area pastors. Her office has pushed a controversial piece of legislation called the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance. As I write this article, the ordinance has passed into law and its …

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