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The Challenges of Christianity in Suburbia, Part 1: How Suburbia Shapes You

"The US is not only the world's first suburban nation, but it will also be its last." - Kenneth Jackson, The Crabgrass Frontier Redeemer is located within a somewhat classic example of a suburban setting. We are all familiar with the design of our neighborhoods. If you drive anywhere around this neighbor or that neighborhood in the surrounding streets, you will find m...

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Biographical Sketch: George Whitfield

I love biographies. If you know me at all, you know that I am a book worm to the -inth degree. Biography and history books are my nearly daily food. The people I read about were almost always universally brilliant thinkers, disciplined laborers, and gave extreme passion and zeal to whatever their hands were on, and there is much to learn from them. And as a pastor, yo...

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The Easter service is over... now what?

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Most pastors take an extra day or two off after the Easter service for recuperation. As you all know, we prayed hard, labored hard, and worshipped deeply. We had over 30 first time visitors. To begin with, thank you all for all of your help in the preparation for Easter. I wish that Easter was a long and as jubilant as our Christmas traditions are, it certaintly deserv...

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Don’t Hide from the Big Questions: Christianity’s answer to the very meaning of life

Why do you do what you do? What drives you to get out of bed every morning? Does something keep you from going to bed at a decent time each night? What is your foundational motivation for living? Why do you do what you do?...

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Growing this Church Plant 17th Century Style: The Power of Community, Prayer and Service

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Something took place in 1673 England that we can gain remarkable instruction for in 2019 church planting, and is more relevant than ever. ...

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My Year in Books: 2018

This is a summary of my ten favorite books I read this year and a reflection on each of them. ...

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Your hope is in Jesus, not election day

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This morning, bright and early around 5am as I ran on the treadmill, the TVs at the gym were already flashing commentary on the latest poll for the election. All the news anchors, with focused eyes and grave faces gave their opinion on which political party may come out on top. Our president has been relentlessly traveling all over, holding rallies to boost the GOP's vot...

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Dear Ocean County, Love your Jewish Neighbor

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In our current times, we are watching our nation make many efforts to overcome racism and prejudice in all its many forms. As we know, America is one giant melting pot, full of various people groups from all over the world. Because of our nations polity, a people group that are large in number who live in one location can begin making a cultural impact on the area, and t...

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What does it mean to be a church plant?

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It is difficult to think this way, but imagine this: The worldwide Christian Church used to consist of only around two-thousand people at it’s humble beginnings (Acts 2:41). That’s it. That may sound like a lot, but consider that today there are around 2.2 billion Christians estimated to be the world. For perspective, that is a 109,999,900% increase in numbers - th...

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The Importance of Biblical Literacy (Intro to the Story of the Bible)

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It is more important than ever in the 21st century to know your Bible. We are being bombarded with various worldviews and belief systems through the intensity of media today that, if we are not careful, will only lead Christians to a conglomeration of worldviews within themselves that is only partly Christian but part-many other things. ...

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