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Free BBQ and Ice Cream!

Posted by Colby Kinser on

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

Posted by Colby Kinser on

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

Big Question: Self-Interest?

Posted by Colby Kinser on

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?

Posted by Colby Kinser on

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

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

The Messenger and the Message

Posted by Colby Kinser on

This Friday and Saturday, I will be judging the Midwest Region Great Communicators Debate tournament. It's a unique debate format, which I'm very excited about. There are several kinds of debate styles that are common in high school tournaments: Policy, Lincoln-Douglas, and Public...

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Tags: debate, message, messenger, witness

American Evangelicals

Posted by Colby Kinser on

I recently heard a challenging thought: American evangelicals are worried about prosperity. Many evangelicals overseas are worried about poverty. These are broad generalizations, but when you look at the aggregate, it's far, far more true than we care to admit. We are blessed with relative...

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Tags: america, perspective, world

The Evangelism of Creation

Posted by Colby Kinser on

There is a wealth of ideas on how to share your faith, how to engage people in spiritual conversations, and how to present the Good News of Jesus Christ. Many are great - but some, not so much. But there's no one right, best way. It's helpful to know several ways, and especially helpful to be...

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Tags: creation, dei, discipleship, evangelism, missio

The Readable Bible

Posted by Colby Kinser on

The Readable Bible (https://readablebible.com/) is a Bible translation project started by Rod Laughlin, who lives in nearby Leawood. Rod has been a businessman and seminary student - but more than that, Rod deeply loves Christ and His Word. The main purpose of TRB is: "The Readable Bible is...

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Tags: bible, translation, readable

Seek Thee Counsel

Posted by Colby Kinser on

When I served at a church in Middle Georgia, I didn't have a single faith-informed counselor or therapist that I could refer people to. I never found one who had advanced skills in counseling along with a view of Biblical integration that I resonated with. Either they were too nouthetic...

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Tags: christian, counsel, counseling, therapy

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