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The Tyranny of Titles

Posted by Colby Kinser on

"Black Lives Matter." Boom - I just created some sort of response in you, perhaps even a strong one. And not the same response in each of you. I understand the reasoning behind the variety of responses. I can create the same range of responses with the phrase "white privilege." How thin is the...

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Tags: gospel, justice, race, racism

Hands and Viruses

Posted by Colby Kinser on

The COVID-19 Coronavirus has gripped the world conversation. It has affected many of us even without contracting it. One of our own canceled a year-long teaching job in South Korea. At least one other is working from home because of legitimate concerns in the workplace. All of us are having...

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Tags: safety, virus, coronavirus, convid-19

Dirty Money

Posted by Colby Kinser on

Every dollar in your wallet, indeed every dollar in your bank, has passed through both evil and clean hands. Every single dollar. You have (most likely) never had a buck that has remained completely free from someone's avarice, evil intent, or pride. Sometimes we get the notion that some money...

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Tags: money, redemption

Be Safe and Dangerous

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Be safe and dangerous. Be safe in the sense that people feel safe with you, safe enough to share their lives, their concerns, and their less-than-flattering selves with you. Develop authentic enough relationships where people know you as a safe person. Jesus was a safe person. People with the...

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Tags: missional, safe, dangerous

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

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

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

Simpler, but More Effective

Posted by Colby Kinser on

Every year, PastorServe hosts a pastor appreciation breakfast for the KC Metro area. PastorServe exists to support and edify pastors, and thereby strengthen the church. Their primary ministry is to provide coaching for pastors. At these breakfasts, we usually get a bag of books or other helpful...

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Tags: colquitt, testimony, pastorserve

New Eyes for the City

Posted by Colby Kinser on

Sunday through Tuesday of this week I was in Wichita for the EFCA Midwest District annual conference. I've driven through Wichita on my way to and from Oklahoma and Texas a number of times, but I had never spent any time in the city. My friend Abdel, who spoke at our church in September and who...

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Tags: neighborhood

The Toll of Loss

Posted by Colby Kinser on

In the last 6 months, I have been affected 8 times by death. Four of those involved hospice. My father passed away after a series of ailments put him under in-home hospice care. A close family friend (to whom we had just given my dad's lift chair) committed suicide. Most of us know Chris, even...

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Tags: death, faith

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