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Of Discipleship and Destiny
December 3, 2016
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Of Discipleship and Destiny
It was a fresh, autumn day. “Fresh” is that euphemism that Scots use to describe utterly terrible, grey, rainy weather that most other places in the world would deride. Call it a coping mechanism. Anyway, it was fresh with a bit of sun that day. I just moved to Edinburgh with my wife, our three-month-old daughter, […]
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Four People Who Encouraged Me Yesterday
November 10, 2016
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I found encouragement in four very unlikely places yesterday. Donald Trump On my way into work I listened to Trump’s victory speech. It was humble, and I was frankly stunned. He said nice things about Mrs. Clinton. NICE THINGS. His words were a welcome contrast to the divisive and ugly things he’s said in the past. […]
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7 Things Christians Must Not Do After the Election
November 9, 2016
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7 Things Christians Must Not Do After the Election
My fellow Christian Americans, Last night, Donald Trump won the election and will become the 45th President of The United States of America. This mourning — I mean, morning — I saw a lot of sad, angry, rude, happy, anxious, fearful posts and faces. I was disappointed months ago when the nominating process was over because […]
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Miscellanies: How I’m Beating Anxiety
November 1, 2016
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Miscellanies: How I’m Beating Anxiety
There’s a future version of Adam Mabry that I’m working to become. He’s better, smarter, wiser, more loving, and host of other things that I’m not at the moment. You probably do this, too. Heck, the Bible does. The Scriptures hold out the hope of resurrection and the perfect, glorified future that goes with it. […]
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3 Reasons I Don’t Believe God
September 15, 2016
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When someone I trust makes me a promise, I believe them. Why isn’t this true when God makes me a promise? I believe in God, but sometimes I don’t believe God. Believing in God and believing God are not the same. In prepositions lie the power of life and death. I Don’t Know Them I can’t […]
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5 Axioms Shaping My Leadership Right Now
September 13, 2016
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5 Axioms Shaping My Leadership Right Now
Leadership is a gift and a skill. I read a good number of books on leadership, some more helpful than others. But I find that Proverbs-style, pithy, and portable phrases are helpful to me. Like actual proverbs, you can chew on them. So, here are five (mostly unoriginal, yet totally helpful) axioms that are shaping […]
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3 Reasons to Try Silence
September 1, 2016
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I didn’t write during the month of August. There’s a reason for this. I felt it important to be quiet. Quietude is not a strength of mine. I mean, I’m a preacher. And, I’m an extroverted preacher, at that. I like people, and I like talking to people. My mom says I could engage a […]
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3 Reasons We Must Fight for Joy in God
August 3, 2016
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3 Reasons We Must Fight for Joy in God
“To the world, the dejected Christian seems to accuse God and His service, as if he openly called Him a rigorous, hard, unacceptable Master, and His work a sad unpleasant thing… You are born and new born for God’s honor; and will you thus dishonor Him before the world?”   Richard Baxter, 1830. I’m going to […]
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The Mission Has a Spirit
July 25, 2016
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The Mission Has a Spirit
Imagine the profound idiocy of a general sending troops into battle with no weapons, radios, or air power. Such is the situation with much of modern church planting, I fear. In a quick survey of the last ten books I’ve read on church planting, not more than 5% of the total text had anything to […]
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Can a Christian Be Patriotic?
July 4, 2016
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Can a Christian Be Patriotic?
I remember the little church we would frequent had two flags: one American, one Christian. One Fourth of July weekend, I clearly remember singing the National Anthem and the Battle Hymn of the Republic. Church and State were partners in those days, and the patriotism seemed to go hand-in-hand with Christianity. And, in many churches […]