ONLINE CHURCH! The very words bring strong emotion to the hearts of many Christians and ministry leaders.

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Eventually, Christian leaders will have to do what they’ve done for 2,000 years. We will have to lead the flocks to which Christ Himself has made us overseers. We cannot permanently abdicate responsibility to temporal powers.

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It really doesn’t matter if you’re a Republican or a Democrat. You could be a diehard Dallas Cowboys fan and find that you’ll agree with a Philadelphia Eagles fan, at least on this one point. Even the redneck and the socialite will find common ground here. I think we can all agree. During this COVID-19 […]

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301 years ago, Robinson Crusoe, widely considered the First English Novel, was released in England to enormous praise.  Audiences loved the simple story of a castaway who spends 28 years on a remote tropical island near Trinidad.  Poor Crusoe encounters prisoners, mutineers, and even cannibals during his adventurous stay.  Yet the first foes he would face would not come […]

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Today’s Blog is a guest post from my wife, Heather. Enjoy! “Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican. The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as […]

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Removing the Ancient Landmarks  

November 29, 2017

  Boundaries are necessary if we are to succeed in life!  These fence lines are established to keep the good things in and the bad things out.  But unfortunately, we often find ourselves too inhibited by fear to actually set up good boundaries. In today’s episode of The Idea Talks we discuss why boundaries are […]

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Superman Will Never Be Enough

November 20, 2017

There he stood with a smile on his face and a VHS tape from Blockbuster Video in his hand.  I was eight.  Mom had set out Little Caesar’s Pizza, Pepsi, and apple juice.  Matt and I were jumping up and down while Charity waited patiently on the couch with her Chatty Patty.  “The Quest for […]

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Mental Illness and the Christian Church

January 17, 2017

As humans, we have the proclivity to speak authoritatively on subjects in which we know very little. “I seriously don’t think Donald Trump will make it past the primaries.” – J. Teis, June 16, 2015. “Disney purchased Star Wars?  They’ll probably destroy it!” – J. Teis, October 30, 2012. “I can say with certainty, that […]

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People Work Over Paper Work

August 15, 2016

There are 10 Core Principles for ministry teamwork that our church staff has adopted. These 10 have helped our staff through our most excited days and challenging setbacks. I’ve already shared the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd principles in previous posts. Here I will share our 4th – which is People Work Over Paper Work. 1. […]

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People Work Over Paper Work

August 15, 2016

There are 10 Core Principles for ministry teamwork that our church staff has adopted. These 10 have helped our staff through our most excited days and challenging setbacks. I’ve already shared the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd principles in previous posts. Here I will share our 4th – which is People Work Over Paper Work. 1. […]

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Nor would difference of country make any very essential difference

November 12, 2012

Were this world an endless plain, and by sailing eastward we could for ever reach new distances, and discover sights more sweet and strange than any Cyclades or Islands of King Solomon, then there were promise in the voyage. But in pursuit of those far mysteries we dream of, or in tormented chase of that […]

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No one in Weybridge could tell us where the headquarters

November 6, 2012

Byfleet was in a tumult; people packing, and a score of hussars, some of them dismounted, some on horseback, were hunting them about. Three or four black government waggons, with crosses in white circles, and an old omnibus, among other vehicles, were being loaded in the village street. There were scores of people, most of […]

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No one in Weybridge could tell us where the headquarters

November 6, 2012

Byfleet was in a tumult; people packing, and a score of hussars, some of them dismounted, some on horseback, were hunting them about. Three or four black government waggons, with crosses in white circles, and an old omnibus, among other vehicles, were being loaded in the village street. There were scores of people, most of […]

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Freed from its enemy, stopped short

October 1, 2012

The field mouse, now that it was freed from its enemy, stopped short; and coming slowly up to the Woodman it said, in a squeaky little voice: “Oh, thank you! Thank you ever so much for saving my life.” “Don’t speak of it, I beg of you,” replied the Woodman. “I have no heart, you […]

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