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May Newsletter – Yet

On April 30th, 2012, posted in: Newsletter by 0 Comment

Though the fig tree should not blossom and there be no fruit on the vines, though the yield of the olive should fail and the fields produce no food, though the flock should be cut off from the fold and there be no cattle in the stalls, Yet I will exult in the LORD, I..

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April Newsletter – The Problem with Easter

On March 29th, 2012, posted in: Newsletter by 0 Comment

Through my years as a pastor people have identified to me a number of issues they have with Easter. Some are offended by the word Easter. They claim its origins are in ancient pagan festivals. They believe that at some point the church “Christianized” these unholy celebrations in order to be acceptable to a wider..

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March Newsletter – Dance of the Disciples

On February 28th, 2012, posted in: Newsletter by 0 Comment

Although spring doesn’t officially start for another three weeks (Tuesday, March 20) hints of its arrival are everywhere. The local news reports from the Pirates’ training camp in Florida remind us that warmer days are not far off. I saw my first robin last week. A sure sign. And who can deny those pangs of..

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February Newsletter – Our Target

On February 1st, 2012, posted in: Newsletter by 0 Comment

 I had a conversation with Jim today. Jim’s not a member of Pittsburgh Baptist, in fact, I don’t think he claims any church affiliation. He wanted to know about baptism. It seemed important to Jim. I started by asking about his faith background to get a little perspective before diving into my response. Boy, what..

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January Newsletter – Anticipating His Return

On December 31st, 2011, posted in: Newsletter by 0 Comment

It’s January 2013, twelve more months have passed and you can’t believe the time has gone by so quick. I known the New Year is just beginning, but looking in the rear view mirror of your imagination, how does 2012 appear?  Take a few moments to envision what is yet to happen. What do you..

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December Newsletter – Merry Christmas! Really?

On November 29th, 2011, posted in: Newsletter by 0 Comment

“Happy birthday” are words virtually all of us enjoy hearing. Some appreciate them less as they age while others accept the accolade as a badge of honor for making it another year. Regardless of your sentiment, it is one of the most familiar phrases we know. Now imagine it’s your birthday but no one calls..

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November Newsletter – Abusa

On October 31st, 2011, posted in: Newsletter by 0 Comment

Abusa is the Chichewa word for pastor. The Chichewa language is widely used in the African nation of Malawi where my brother-in-law and sister-in-law serve as missionaries with the International Mission Board. On my desk sits a handmade sculpture of an abusa given as a gift by Billy and Susan. This little authentic piece is..

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October Newsletter – Come Into the Kitchen

On September 28th, 2011, posted in: Newsletter by 0 Comment

Why do most people rarely live in the living room or dine in the dining room? When I was growing up most living and dining was done in the kitchen. The kitchen was where the family gathered for meals and conversation, arguments and important life lessons. The kitchen was where food was prepared and small..

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September Newsletter – Make Disciples, Be Disciples

On August 31st, 2011, posted in: Newsletter by 0 Comment

In his book, Radical author David Platt asks an important question. “If making disciples is the plan of Christ, and if it is acceptable to all of us and expected of all of us, then how do we do it?” (p. 92) He continues, “This is the last command we have from Jesus to his followers..

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August Newsletter – Functional Teams: A New Ministry Model

On August 1st, 2011, posted in: Newsletter by 0 Comment

When Paul sensed there were schisms in the Corinthian church he wrote this, “Now I exhort you, brethren, by the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, that you all agree and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be made complete in the same mind and in the same judgment.” (1 Cor..

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