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This morning, I find myself staring out a window watching the sun rise over the desert valley of Phoenix. The Southern Baptist annual meeting is upon us, and I have joined my family of churches for a few days of fellowship, important decisions, and thankfulness to God for his grace. Every year, the SBC meetings are an opportunity for reflection, and this year I am struck by the importance of corporate witness. We talk a lot about witness, or at least we should. The idea is all over the Bible. In fact, being a witness is central to the mission…

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A recent discussion in one of my seminars reminded me of a very important distinction. There is a difference between the the church that ought to be and the one that is. No human institution is quite like the church. While there are all kinds of clubs, societies, groups, agencies, and even families to which people can belong, the church claims a unique status. It is more than any of these things. The church is not a human invention. It is the craftsmanship of God himself, made of living stones. The church is the home of the Christian in this…

Read More The Church that Ought to Be vs. The Church that Is

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A little over a week ago, the Wall Street Journal published an article titled, “Rural America Is the New ‘Inner City’.” As the title suggests, the article is a feature piece that does a winsome job telling the narrative of urban renewal and rural demise. It relates the dilemmas now occurring in America’s rural areas. It’s a great read if you have access to the WSJ online, except for one thing: it just isn’t true in a lot of places. While the article does a compelling job speaking about this phenomenon in rural and urban areas, it is really only…

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