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January 15, 2017 Building the Church

Building the Church

Back in my seminary days a professor asked our class this question – how do you build a church? We knew, of course, that he wasn’t asking how to construct a church building. We assumed he was asking how to build a church in terms of membership, attendance, budget, activities, programs, and ministries. We gave […]

August 23, 2015 – The Church Has Left the Building

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August 23, 2015 Luke 5:27-39 When Tanya and I were traveling through parts of Europe during my sabbatical we visited a lot of churches, and I was very curious about the churches in Europe. Would we find church attendance to be as poor as is often claimed? This is the first church we visited, St. […]

December 28, 2014 Being Honest About Ourselves

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What is the most common criticism leveled at churches? That churches are full of hypocrites. Who hasn’t heard this criticism? And who are these hypocrites, I want to ask. It’s such a generic criticism that I would like to ask can the accusers provide a list of names? Calling someone a hypocrite is a very […]

November 2, 2014 The Stewardship of Our Church

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November 2, 2014 Acts 5:33-42 33 When they heard this, they were furious and wanted to put them to death. 34 But a Pharisee named Gamaliel, a teacher of the law, who was honored by all the people, stood up in the Sanhedrin and ordered that the men be put outside for a little while. 35 Then he […]

August 3, 2014 Why I Go to Church

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Why I Go To Church

August 3, 2014 I Corinthians 12:12-14 Next Sunday I will begin my new series of messages, which are based on the answers I received to the three questions I had been asking in recent weeks. I was surprised at the most common answer I received.  It was not a question about the Bible.  It was […]