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Why no, we're not a "home-schooling church"...

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We take a look at our church's role in Christian education. It is an area that often has more questions than answers, so rather than looking at the macro, I will leave that to the "experts" while I try to share a non-experts thoughts on an important matter. ...

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Brick Church Plant (Q#2): Why plant another "Redeemer Fellowship"?

  TRANSCRIPT BELOW: I was born and raised in Georgia, in the deep south.  One of the unique things about the state of Georgia is it's number of counties - 154 counties in all.  This number is second only to the number of counties in Texas, a state more than double its size. New Jersey also has something unique about it - we have 565 municipalities. ...

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Brick Church Plant (Q#1): Why plant churches in our own back yard?

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As we get closer each day to our new church plant, we want to use every means possible to help people be as informed and as prayerful as possible as we embark on this new mission. For many, the idea of planting churches is a new concept. Others have perhaps heard about it but never participated and have questions. Others may question the model, things like: "what do you...

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Why we need new church plants on the Jersey Shore

In the famous words of Dave Letterman, “96% of all statistics are made up on the spot.” Yes, it is true that according to whomever does the research, it is difficult to have no bias whatsoever in the work. And it’s also true that you can often hear two statistics concerning the same topic that completely and utterly contradict one another. In prefacing w...

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Life after Social Networking: Three changes that affected my life after I left Facebook

  (To begin, I am aware of the fact that this blog is being posted on Facebook - so there is a bit of a contradiction here. I'm also aware that Facebook can be used for much, much good.  But bare with me…)   Neil Postman, a philosopher and social critic who wrote primarily in the 1980’s and 1990’s had this to say about technology: &ldq...

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Christian Freedom and the American Dream: You are free to be content with less!

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Recently on a NPR special, they were taking calls concerning the realization that the “American Dream” isn’t as readily available for my generation (those born in the 1980s to now) as in past generations. It’s too expensive, good paying jobs are harder to come by, and college is becoming essentially unaffordable for the average American. The question posed was this...

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Celebration of New Life

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This is a time of year where we celebrate new life. Trees are growing new leaves, flowers are in bloom, people are emerging after a long winter. This is also a time where we celebrate the greatest of all New Life, our new life in Christ. ...

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Why Replant a Church rather than close its doors?

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I love reading about a church's history, especially if that church has been in existence for a century or more.  Those black and white photographs of an old plain church building surrounded by people who ministered to their communities so long ago - what a great spiritual heritage to have!  What a gift and a tresure to continue the work of so many saints who have...

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Meditations on Suffering Through Chronic Pain

I have done my best to take a look at the issue of "chronic pain" through first and third person lenses. I am my no means an expert on the topic. Nor do I claim to always be victorious in the struggle. These thoughts are my own. That being said, I believe they are in line with what I read in God's Inspired and Holy Word. ...

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Foundations #6 - Church Planting, Replanting, and Revitalization

Paul and the Apostles understood this commission of Christ as a call to plant churches. He would travel to major urban cities with regional influences, plant a church, and then move on to the next city. People traveling to and fro from these cities would carry the Christian message to the outer limits and small towns outside the city, and thus more churches were planted. I...

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