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The Myth Of Freedom: We're All Captives

Preaching recently on Ephesians 4:1-16 I noticed something for the first time: Paul’s emphasis on believers being prisoners of Christ. Part of the reason for this oversight is that most...

Overemphasising Service Can Lead To Underemphasising Gifts

In this post I want to explore the distinction between service and gifts in the local church. My working thesis is that larger churches draw heavily on service but do...

Is Your Church A Cruise Liner Or A Racing Yacht?

Long before my suspicion of maritime analogies, I remember preaching on Ephesians 4 and using the crew of a boat to illustrate a common church problem. I argued that very...

Philippians 4:8-9 Devotional

Philippians 4:8-9. Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about...

Philippians 2:19-24 Devotional

Philippians 2:19-24. I hope in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you soon, that I also may be cheered when I receive news about you. 20 I have no...

Philippians 1:25-26 Devotional

Philippians 1:25-26. Convinced of this, I know that I will remain, and I will continue with all of you for your progress and joy in the faith, 26 so that...