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Avenue of Life

Posted by Colby Kinser on

Last week, I had the pleasure of touring Avenue of Life, which serves the underserved and promotes the Gospel in the heart of Kansas City, KS. My goal was clear - to learn the logistics of one particular program and then quietly leave so that I didn't interrupt the work they do. I got quite a...

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Tags: assets, avenue, development, life, mercy, poverty, sustainability, fwe

Reading the Bible as ... well ... it first was

Posted by Colby Kinser on

A friend of mine lent me one volume of the 5-volume Bibliotheca project - a set of 5 books of the Bible in literary form. The books use the kind of paper you'd find in any quality book, with good cloth binding, a font designed for extended reading, lots of margin on the page, and ... no...

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Tags: bible

Asparagus

Posted by Colby Kinser on

Last week I was Skyping with a good friend who is part of the leadership in the church in Italy we've been a part of. I mentioned him in a recent article that he was developing the Italian version of the BLESS acronym we've been using. Francesco told the story of a recent discussion with a...

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Tags: asparagus, bless, mission, prega

Cooking Without Ingredients

Posted by Colby Kinser on

Back in the olden days ... perhaps 15 or 20 years ago ... way, way back ... people used to make cakes out of things called ingredients. Ingredients could include ancient artifacts such as flour, butter, eggs, salt, baking power, vanilla, and other...

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Tags: cake, discipline, disciplines, growth, spiritual

Begging to Give, Really?

Posted by Cliff Coss on

Cliff Coss continues his series of articles on finances and the church.

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Tags: giving, macedonia, stewardship

Simplify

Posted by Colby Kinser on

Times of simplicity. There have been a few times of simplicity in my life. When I was a kid, there wasn't much more to life than school, play, and chores. That's it. I didn't have to worry about budgets, healthcare choices, voting, jobs, car maintenance, the emerald ash borer, or a million other...

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Honi is a Bunch of Hooey

Posted by Colby Kinser on

Mark Batterson, pastor of National Community Church in D.C., is selling thousands of books and products related to his 2011 book The Circle Maker. It's based on an event in the life of a 1st C BC character named Honi Ha-Ma’agel, who might not even have actually existed. The products...

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Tags: batterson, circle, prayer

Avoid the Snare

Posted by Colby Kinser on

"Oh, you're a Christian? So, what do you think about the gay issue?" Have you heard this question? The moment someone finds out you're a Christian or a church-goer or a Bible reader, some form this question is often not far behind. It's the current litmus test. But what are they asking? Do...

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Tags: apologetics, witness

$39 Billion, Really?

Posted by Cliff Coss on

Cliff Coss continues his series on financial stewardship

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Tags: accountability, stewardship, transparency

Thanks to Miss Loopy

Posted by Colby Kinser on

A few weeks ago on a Sunday morning before Sunday school got underway, I was standing in the foyer talking with one of the women of our church family. Then Miss Loopy walked by with one of the grade schoolers at her side. The two of them were hanging up signs throughout the building for the...

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Tags: breakfast, child, children, love, student, value

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