Writing Evil
Oct12

Writing Evil

Whenever I introduce myself as an author, especially to someone who knows I’m a Christian, the question inevitably comes up, “So do you write cheesy Christian fiction? Or do you write normal stuff?” Unless the person is beautifully blunt, the question won’t be this direct, but it’s implied. And it always punches me in the gut. But I know exactly what they mean. Growing up, I was only allowed to read Christian fiction or classics. With...

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The Theology of Work
Oct10

The Theology of Work

  Check out Garden City Project’s LIVE Conference which will feature William Messenger and the Theology of Work Project. The LIVE Conference will equip thousands of culture creators around the world to make the kind of culture Jesus desires: one that’s more loving, that makes peace, that reciprocates kindness, that controls itself, and lives out joy.  Learn more how you can join the movement. What is the Theology of Work...

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Parables of Christ: Day Seven
Oct05

Parables of Christ: Day Seven

The Parables of Christ A Musical Study through Christ’s Famous Stories. Click here to listen now. In Mark 4:10-12, Jesus says that the purpose of the Parables is to teach truth to those that seek, and to hide it from those who will not. Jesus often hid principles one at a time in his stories, and other times he would string a variety of them together to make one BIG point. Join us in our 7-Day journey through the Parables and discover...

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The Parables of Christ: Day Six
Oct04

The Parables of Christ: Day Six

The Parables of Christ A Musical Study through Christ’s Famous Stories. Click here to listen now. In Mark 4:10-12, Jesus says that the purpose of the Parables is to teach truth to those that seek, and to hide it from those who will not. Jesus often hid principles one at a time in his stories, and other times he would string a variety of them together to make one BIG point. Join us in our 7-Day journey through the Parables and discover...

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The Parables of Christ: Day Five
Oct03

The Parables of Christ: Day Five

The Parables of Christ A Musical Study through Christ’s Famous Stories. Click here to listen now. In Mark 4:10-12, Jesus says that the purpose of the Parables is to teach truth to those that seek, and to hide it from those who will not. Jesus often hid principles one at a time in his stories, and other times he would string a variety of them together to make one BIG point. Join us in our 7-Day journey through the Parables and discover...

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Parables of Christ: Day Four
Sep28

Parables of Christ: Day Four

The Parables of Christ A Musical Study through Christ’s Famous Stories. Click here to listen now. In Mark 4:10-12, Jesus says that the purpose of the Parables is to teach truth to those that seek, and to hide it from those who will not. Jesus often hid principles one at a time in his stories, and other times he would string a variety of them together to make one BIG point. Join us in our 7-Day journey through the Parables and discover...

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The Parables of Christ: Day Three
Sep26

The Parables of Christ: Day Three

The Parables of Christ A Musical Study through Christ’s Famous Stories. Click here to listen now. In Mark 4:10-12, Jesus says that the purpose of the Parables is to teach truth to those that seek, and to hide it from those who will not. Jesus often hid principles one at a time in his stories, and other times he would string a variety of them together to make one BIG point. Join us in our 7-Day journey through the Parables and discover...

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The Parables of Christ: Day Two
Sep21

The Parables of Christ: Day Two

The Parables of Christ A Musical Study through Christ’s Famous Stories. Click here to listen now. In Mark 4:10-12, Jesus says that the purpose of the Parables is to teach truth to those that seek, and to hide it from those who will not. Jesus often hid principles one at a time in his stories, and other times he would string a variety of them together to make one BIG point. Join us in our 7-Day journey through the Parables and discover...

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The Parables of Christ: Day One
Sep19

The Parables of Christ: Day One

 The Parables of Christ A Musical Study through Christ’s Famous Stories. Click here to listen now. In Mark 4:10-12, Jesus says that the purpose of the Parables is to teach truth to those that seek, and to hide it from those who will not. Jesus often hid principles one at a time in his stories, and other times he would string a variety of them together to make one BIG point. Join us in our 7-Day journey through the Parables and...

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Who Keeps Us From Stumbling?
Sep14

Who Keeps Us From Stumbling?

  What is Doxology and Why Jude? At Garden City and The Doxology Project(TDP) we believe in living doxologically. Are you thinking, “Doxology? That’s a fancy word and probably too complicated for me.” It’s not! Let me explain. In other posts I’ve shared how the word “doxology” comes from the Greek word δοξολογία, from δόξα (doxa), meaning glory, and λογία (logia), meaning logic or saying.  To capture the...

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Getting Out of Hate
Sep12

Getting Out of Hate

The discussion of loving one another continues here as we move into the third chapter of 1 John. Loving one another does a great deal in the struggle against idolatry. The struggle of idolatry is alive and real for the people that John is writing to, and because of this, John addresses the continual practice of idolatry and sin. He tells us that anyone who makes a practice of sinning has not been born of God. In fact, people who do...

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Art and Reason
Sep07

Art and Reason

Baumgarten, in the middle of the 18th century, working from a mind set based in the thinking of those in the Enlightenment and Renaissance, wrote a book called Aesthetics in which he differentiated between things in the world that come from clear knowledge and those that come from feelings. This work introduced a divide into how we think about art and reason. What subtly formed from Baumgarten’s work forward is what philosophers like...

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Love One Another
Sep05

Love One Another

After realizing that we need to be walking in confession in order to avoid idolatry, John reminds us that Christ is our advocate. He also reminds us that Christ is the payment for our sins. In doing this, John begins to point out the ways that we can avoid various types of idols by expressing that we can have confidence that we know Him if we keep his commandments. His command is simple: that we love God and that we love others, which...

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Preparation To Lead Praise & Worship (A Guide)
Aug23

Preparation To Lead Praise & Worship (A Guide)

Hello, I thought I should post helpful tips on how a growing worship leader can prepare to lead a praise & worship session for a church service/event. Here is me writing from how the Holy Spirit has helped me, time and again. I wasn’t really taught all of these things, but I picked them up as the Holy Spirit helped me. Fundamentally, your offering of praise & worship to God must be given your best efforts at all times....

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MultiCultural Worship Builds Community
Aug10

MultiCultural Worship Builds Community

I at one point had the privilege of speaking to 400 students about the concept of multicultural worship. First of all, I am encouraged by the fact that students in a Christian high school want to know more about multicultural worship (it was their idea to invite me to come!) A few days after the chapel, I got the chance to speak with one of the international students at the school. He said, “chapel was good this week.” I smiled and...

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Marriage | A Work of Art
Aug08

Marriage | A Work of Art

Marriage is a creative work! Creativity is a marriage! I’ve been pondering this a lot lately in regard to what God has to say about the Art of Marriage in the Scriptures. Our artist, Yahweh, and our Lord God, in the opening scene of Scripture, bursts into darkness to create light; land and sky; and all creatures and creepy things. This includes us, and all of our creepy neighbors who live next door. All of creation originated in the...

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