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There's a Reason You Don't Know

Posted by Colby Kinser on

My sister-in-law had a job she didn't like. She was in leadership at a private school and loved much about the work - the students, the teaching methodology and principles, and the mission. However, there were some parts of the work that were so bad that she eagerly made her exit at the end of a...

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Tags: sovereignty, expectations, plans, adventure

Heartburn

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There's an annoying thing about getting older - the flaws in yourself that you've been able to successfully pretend aren't there become harder to ignore. Maturity, schmaturity. I'm becoming increasingly aware that when people give me heartburn, I have that heartburn in part because my heart was...

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Tags: fire, attitude, anger, response, danger, heartburn

Rearranging the Musical Chairs

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Last week, we rearranged the musical chairs, so to speak. Normally, we have a batch of worship songs before the sermon, but this time, we put the batch of songs after the sermon. In part, we wanted to just shake the pattern so that we don't become mindless with a too-familiar pattern. Also, we...

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Tags: worship, music, service, gathering

Free BBQ and Ice Cream!

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Summer is that close! Almost here! Now is a great time, then, to think about deepening your connection with your neighbors. You are an ambassador for Christ, strategically placed in your neighborhood to love your neighbor as yourself. Your fellow church family members have been...

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Tags: love, neighbor, bbq, ice cream, neighboring

On the Tip of My Tongue

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My mother lives in assisted living nearby in a facility that also has a section for memory care residents. We also have memory care residents just across our church parking lot next door, folks who our Sunday school kids visit on a monthly basis. Memory care issues are pure frustration both for...

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Tags: event, forever, kingdom, meaning, memory

Leading by Helping

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Last Saturday, I was helping out with Bridge of Hope's Megaday. Each year, Megaday is a little different, but this year included working on their building and landscaping, doing some cleanup at a nearby low-income apartment complex, fix-ups at both of the transition houses, and getting the word...

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Tags: carpet, clean, help, lead, neighbor

Big Question: Self-Interest?

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Last weekend, I judged at a small debate tournament over in East Independence. I've written before about different kinds of debate (e.g., Policy, Lincoln-Douglas, Public Forum, Great Communicators), and this was yet another style of debate called "Big Questions." Big Questions debates are about...

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Tags: denial, satisfaction, self, worldview

Premillennial? Glorious?

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Just over 10 years ago, our denomination (the Evangelical Free Church of America) clarified their doctrinal statement to more accurately and succinctly articulate our core doctrines. The EFCA way is to keep our statement minimal - only those statements that are core to Christianity being...

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Tags: efca, end times, eschatology, millennial, theology

Happy Resurrection Day

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The tragic events in Paris of this last week reiterate the deep truth that our hope is not in anything other than the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. Not church buildings, not Christian subculture, not Christian activities and good deeds, not in the powerful nature of our experiences, not in our...

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Tags: easter, hope, resurrection

Hey, How 'Bout that Bullpen?

Posted by Colby Kinser on

I love baseball. Yes, still. I always will, no matter what. I will always root for my home team, no matter what. I don't love our current record. But I love the game, and so I will always be an enthusiastic fan of my team. I love the idea of baseball. I love the beauty of its...

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Tags: baseball, love, unconditional

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