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Thoughts From The Resident Theologian

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False Humility is a Manifestation of Ungodly Pride

Why is it that we feel the need to act like we are always lacking in order to avoid ungodly pride? False humility is not the answer. False humility says “I can’t. I always fail no matter how hard I try. I will never measure up. I will never be good enough. I will always be a worm.” Truth says, “I can, not because of my own strength or abilities, but because God did it.”
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The Word of My Testimony

Revelation 12:11 – “And they overcame him because of the blood of the Lamb and because of the word of their testimony…”
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Where the Tears Come From

I’m so hungry
Like the orphan child
Begging for a morsel
But You offer a feast
The table is set with the finest
Wine and Bread
You say
Come and feast on Me!
I settle for the corner of a wafer.
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Promises

I have been reflecting for the past few days on the way God has been changing my mind and my heart as I seek to trust in his truth instead of the lies I have been told and believed all my life. Earlier, on my way to a friend’s house, I was talking with a friend on the phone about the “Aldersgate Day” experience I had on Sunday and how I had realized that without my noticing it, my heart had changed somehow.
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Absolution

So, my very first blog post for Asbury Theological Seminary’s Seedbed site was published today! Fun times! Please go check it out at the address below. I suggest also looking at the rest of their blog posts and other resources. I am really honored to have written this for them. They are doing a great work in the Kingdom.

http://seedbed.com/feed/absolution-real-remedy-sin/

A Child in the Kingdom of God

Matthew 18:2-4 (NASV) “And He called a child to Himself and set him before them, and said, “Truly I say to you, unless you are converted and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven.”

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Changing Trends in Missional Thought and Practice

The world of Christian scholarship has experienced many paradigm shifts in how we view ministry and how we “do” ministry. The most radical, necessary, and deeply corrective of these changes is in the way we view the concept of ministry itself. Previously, we have viewed ministry as something that we do to people for God. Frequently, this view is either employed in evangelism or social justice. This view is rapidly changing to one that views ministry as something that God does and that He desires for us to want to partner with Him in what He is doing in the world to redeem the whole of creation. This leads to a better understanding of missions. God has His own mission to redeem creation, missions are the efforts that we do in order to partner with Him, and being missional involves being intentional in the way that we keep our eyes open to those Divine encounters that let us know how to partner with Him. There are several ways this new view of ministry is corrective in theology.
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