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Topic: The Church

Church Doesn't Preach

What If My Church Doesn’t Preach the Bible?

I remember visiting a church years ago and thinking to myself, When is this pastor going to finish his introduction and get to the text? Before I knew it, the pastor closed in prayer. His “introduction” was the entire sermon, sharing entertaining stories and therapeutic applications, only lightly (and vaguely) […]

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“Readers and Writers” Episode 9 with Brett McCracken

I see a pattern of gradual disengagement from the local church that eventually transitions to disengagement from faith altogether. It’s a natural progression. (Brett McCracken) Unlocking the Bible continues to release weekly episodes of Readers and Writers with Colin Smith, a podcast recorded live at The Gospel Coalition’s 2017 National Conference. […]

Key Connections

Key Connections (August 16, 2017)

You Can’t Love Missions Without Loving the Local Church (Caleb Greggsen, 9Marks) First, there’s a dreadful tendency for both “stayers” and “goers” (at least the young ones) to question motives of the other “side.” Second, missionary zeal and love for the local church should not be competing affections in our heart. […]

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Why At-Home Moms Need the Local Church

A few months ago I met a woman who was new to my city. We met at a popular play place for our kids and talked about the transition to a new town. While I moved here before I had kids, I know what it’s like to be newer to […]

Key Connections

Key Connections (July 13, 2017)

Evaluating Our Expectations: The American Dream vs. a Christian’s Hope (Melissa Kruger, Wit’s End) The American Dream might best be summed up as the possibility for a life of freedom, personal happiness, material comfort, and lasting fulfillment (all nicely enclosed in a white picket fence)… In contrast to our typical image […]

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Loving the Church When It’s Hard

“I just don’t want to go back. I didn’t feel welcomed there, and I probably won’t feel welcomed again.” I read my friend’s message after I had invited her to our church, and my heart hurt for her. This wasn’t the first time I had heard these words. Many conversations […]

Key Connections

Key Connections (June 8, 2017)

Morning Bible Reading and Manna for Today (Lore Ferguson Wilbert, Sayable) My daily routine (right now) looks like this…Take what helps you, leave what doesn’t. Why Do We Lie? (Ryan Reeves, The Gospel Coalition) We are all familiar with lying. Each of us has told a lie. But what is the […]

Key Connections

Key Connections (April 27, 2017)

Beware of Broken Wolves (Joe Carter, The Gospel Coalition) These are the false teachers who use their own authenticity, pain, and brokenness to attract believers who are also suffering…Broken Wolves are a grave danger to your family and to your local congregation. Five Ways You’re Unintentionally Hurting Your Infertile Friend (Meredith […]

Key Connections

Key Connections (March 29, 2017)

Helping Kids Handle Conflict (Eric Davis, The Cripplegate) A child’s greatest need is not insulation from mean kids, but salvation from their sin; not to meet nicer kids, but to meet Christ. Through faith alone in Jesus Christ, this greatest need will be met. Three Promises for Those Who Are Hurting […]

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Three Challenges of Belonging to the Church

The Church is the body of Christ. This idea is found all over the Pauline epistles (1 Corinthians 12:27; Ephesians 1:22-23, 4:12; Colossians 1:18,24), and is one of the clearest ways to refer to all true believers in Christ without specifying distinctions regarding doctrine, practice, or denomination. The term is […]