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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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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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Should Christians Celebrate Halloween?

The leaves are falling nearly as fast as the temperatures. The cooler temperatures and beautifully colored leaves remind us that it’s about that time again. Every year Christians are seemingly perplexed and puzzled on whether they should be involved with Halloween or not. Good Christians stand on both sides of the argument, which means that this is not a simple question and there is room for disagreement...

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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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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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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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Canadian Churches Helping Canadian Churches

While most people skip past the introductions and benedictions of the Epistles, I’m oddly drawn to them. I’ve always found it interesting to see how an inspired writer would begin to communicate the God-given truth He had been entrusted with to his audience. There are so many truths that get missed in these overlooked verses, after all every word is inspired by God right? One passage that has always stuck with me is Philippians 1…

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Can Christians Use Marijuana?

Bob Dylan said it better than anyone in our modern culture, “The times they are a changin’…” This is true across every aspect of our daily lives. Sometimes this change is good and helpful, just look at how far racial equality has come over the last 50-60 years (and there’s a lot further to go). Sometimes this change is extremely unhelpful and even sinful...

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How to Read like a Theologian

I read a lot of books. Let me be specific, I read a lot of theological books. I don’t read to make myself look smarter than I am or in an attempt to impress anyone else. I read theology for me. I read theology because I need it. I’m a flawed human being who needs to constantly be growing in the grace and knowledge of my Lord Jesus Christ...

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What's the Difference Between a Bad Teacher and a False Teacher?

Have you ever been listening to a sermon and thought, “Wow, this is bad?” Maybe it’s just the sermon overall, or perhaps it’s a specific statement the preacher makes that sets off your theology alarm and you know he’s wrong. I think we’ve all been there. Sometimes it’s tempting to just label the teacher a false teacher and move on...

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Who Rules the Local Church?

Every church is different. There are different ministries, styles, and of course different people. There also different leadership structures in seemingly every church. Some churches are ruled by the pastors. Some are ruled by the deacon board. And some are ruled by a board of congregants. So which way is best?...

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3 Reasons to Plant Churches

We live in an age of extremes. If you like cake that must mean you vehemently despise pie.  If you enjoy writing with pencil then you must hate pens. If you are an Apple fanboy (as I am) then you must think all Windows machines belong in the garbage. Ok, maybe that last one is true, but I think you get my point...

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What Music Is Most Glorifying to God?

The point of congregational worship is not so the band or music leader sings for the church, it’s about all of the people of God singing together in worship to a Holy God who deserves all of our adoration. If the music style gets in the way of that then it’s time to rethink the style...

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