Monthly Archives: April 2011

Third Time’s the Charm


James Bryan Smith. The Good and Beautiful Community: Following the Spirit, Extending Grace, Demonstrating Love. Hardcover, 240p., $22.00. IVP. I have to confess: For all the buzz and provenance surrounding them (Richard Foster and Dallas Willard, the latter more or … Continue reading

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What Wou… DID Jesus Do?


Theology is a tricky thing. At the genuine heart of it is the intent is to make deeper sense of who God is, and to articulate it in such a way that everyone gets it and everyone’s on the same … Continue reading

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So, You Want to Grow a Christian…


Since this weekly entry—really, this entire blog—is about helping other Christians grow, let’s start this week by reflecting on our own journeys so far. Think about a time where you experienced a huge “growth spurt” in your life. If you … Continue reading

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Obedience: a rough fragment for Good Friday


I am becoming increasingly convinced, as I get older,  that God does not demand our obedience simply because it honors Him. That is, of course, a true and healthy reason to do it. And I wouldn’t even put up an … Continue reading

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I Get by… Other Voices, Part 1


This first entry of Other Voices (explained here) is simple: Take a look to your lower right. Scroll down a little. See all those people? They represent friends and influences, of all kinds. We’ve got men’s ministries, women’s ministries, small-group … Continue reading

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How Did We Get Here, and Where Are We Going?


Every Christian has a testimony, a faith story — an account of how he or she first encountered Jesus, how that encounter changed everything, and how each new encounter with Jesus keeps changing everything. So take some time to reflect … Continue reading

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Let’s Begin


Just what the world needs — another blogging, tweeting, Facebooking, socially networking self-promoter. And believe me, just reading that sentence would be enough to paralyze anyone with a degree of common sense. So why am I here writing to you … Continue reading

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