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Time to Clear the Air

The last few years have been interesting, to say the least, as I have done ministry here in Canada. I’ve met some incredible people and have grown in my own theological positions. Many of these positions are not recent, but I’ve been forced to dive deeper into them over the last few years. For the most part though, I have been quiet on these positions in order to accommodate those around me and not make such a stir. Today, I think it’s about time that I cleared the air a bit…

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Who is Allowed to Preach Within the Local Church?

As I write this, the SBC national convention just finished and much of it focused on the issue of complementarianism and whether women have a right to preach within the local church. I’m not writing this post to address this topic (You can read my views here and here if you’re interested), but it has got me thinking – who is allowed to preach within the local church?…

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Who is Responsible for the Culture of the Local Church?

Every church is distinct. Different people from different places do things...well, differently. Anyone who has been to more than one church has seen this. Each church has a distinct feel, it’s own culture. Sometimes that culture can be uplifting and encouraging at other times that culture can make one feel alone or even judged. What I have come to learn is that this culture is not something that the members of the church are alone responsible for developing…

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Some Thoughts on the Clarity of Roles Within the Local Church

Church is never easy. How could it be? A local church is a group of people and as with any group of people, everybody is different. These differences whether big or small quickly form into opinions which when gone unchecked can cause conflict. Anyone who has ever decided where to go to lunch with a group of friends can relate. The difference between a local church and a group of friends making a decision is that the local church has infrastructure…

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Book Review: The Unsaved Christian by Dean Inserra

The Unsaved Christian by Dean Inserra is book that the Christian world as a whole desperately needs today. Much has been happening in evangelicalism over the last few decades, movements like the Seeker Sensitive Movement and the New Calvinism movement come to mind. Somewhere in the shuffle of all these movements, certain beliefs or even lack of beliefs have latched onto evangelicalism. Inserra writes with conviction and clarity toward these beliefs…

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Book Review: Christ's Call to Reform the Church by John MacArthur

This years marks 50 years of ministry by Pastor John MacArthur at Grace Community Church. He has seen many trends come and go. He has fought theological battles that have fundamentally altered the trajectory of modern evangelicalism. Christ’s Call to Reform the Church flows directly from those years of experience and speaks truth into the modern state of evangelicalism…

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Book Review: Woke Church by Eric Mason

Woke Church is at the forefront of a national debate that continues to rage in the United States and for good reason as many are trying to understand the pressures, injustices, and hardships the African American community has faced through the centuries from a Christian perspective. Eric Mason speaks a lot of truth into the situation…

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So, Dean You Still Blogging?

I’ve been blogging since 2008 with a site I called, “Take it or leave it - A Young Baptist’s Point of View.” 10 years later, I’m not quite as young as I was, but I have kept blogging. Sure, it’s been off and on over the last decade, but overall I have kept pretty consistent, especially the last 3 years. That is until the last few months of course…

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What Makes a Good Sermon?

A few months ago I wrote a similar post on this topic. In that article I showed what Peter’s sermon in Acts 2 teaches us about preaching great sermons. In this article, I want to shift a little to focus on what good preaching is not and then we will look at what is good preaching...

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After 501 Years, Is the Reformation Over?

Today is the day. 501 years ago Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the church door of Wittenberg. In doing so, God used Luther to spark the flame of the Reformation which had already been kindled by men like Jan Hus and John Wycliffe...

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A Heart For The City

The Book of Jonah is a nearly forgotten book, well apart from the whole fish thing. It’s as though we thought we’d reaped all we could in this book when we colored the coloring page in Sunday School. Yet, this book tell us far more about the heart of God toward the city then any other Old Testament book...

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What is a Deacon?

Every church is different. They can be different in superficial ways such as musical style and dress. They can be different in more important ways like preaching methods and doctrinal statements. These differences can be profound even within the same denomination. One consistent difference between nearly all the churches that I have been involved with is that of governance, more specifically the role of deacons. Many churches fall into the trap of either over emphasizing or ignoring their deacons. So what exactly is a biblical deacon?

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My Concerns with the Statement on Social Justice

Yesterday, a group led by the the well-respected pastor, John MacArthur, released a document similar to such evangelical statements like last year’s Nashville Statement. This document, called the Statement on Social Justice, followed a continuing blog series by MacArthur describing his views on social justice. Several notable pastors and theologians were initial signers, such as Voddie Baucham and James White. Some of the signers are friends, all of the signers are brothers in Christ...

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Can a Woman Teach Sunday School?

Complementarianism is the belief that men and women have distinct roles within the home and the local church that are complimentary to one another. So men have the distinct role of being the leader first in the home and then if qualified in the local church, while women have the role of being submissive and helpful to the man in the home and the local church. The line of complementarianism in the home is an easy one to put on paper at least, but the local church is a different story…

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5 Things Everyone Should Understand About the Kingdom of God

The Kingdom of God is the primary message of Jesus throughout the gospels. Gordon Fee a well-respected theologian states rightly, “You cannot know anything about Jesus, if you miss the kingdom of God…” Jesus’ main message is so foundational that we cannot truly understand Him without understanding the message He declared. So what is the Kingdom of God?…

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Stop Making Excuses for Studying Hard Theology

One of the most beautiful aspects of the Gospel is that it is easy to understand. It is so simple that small children can understand the Gospel and their need for this good news to be applied to them. Yes, the Gospel is simple, but not all aspects of Christianity are so simple. Some aspects of Christianity are far more difficult to understand…

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What Ever Happened to Not Being Quarrelsome?

Arguments are nothing new. Arguing goes all the way back to the Garden when Adam and Eve couldn’t agree on whose fault it was for their failure. Ever since then man has been arguing and quarreling. Yet, today it’s at an all-time high thanks to the internet…

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