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Sharper than the Sword: The Power of God’s Word

In October, Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond had the privilege of hosting all seven volumes of the Heritage Edition of the Saint John’s Bible on our campus. For those not familiar with the project, The Saint John’s Bible is the first hand-written, illuminated copy of Scripture
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The Night Dean Smith Came to the RA Banquet.

RA: shorthand for Royal Ambassadors. It was weekly group for grade-school boys that sought to blend scouting-type activities with a call to missions. Lawndale Baptist church in Greensboro, North Carolina, where I grew up in the 1960’s, had an extremely active and engaging chapter of t
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The Overview Effect

The experience of traveling in space is life-changing. For all of the reasons that immediately come to mind – the years preparation, the level of commitment required, the danger and fear that must be overcome, the isolation and extreme conditions experienced by those spending weeks an
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Coaching 101

I keep an advertisement for dog food I tore out of a magazine on the top of my coaching materials. It is a picture of a dog looking right at the camera and the print says, “He’s not a pet, He’s a life coach.” There is some truth to that assertion. It is true that a dog is a great list
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The Spiritual Practice of Creating Margin

This article originally appeared at www.baptistnews.com. My weary body slid into the lounge chair by the pool like Derek Jeter stealing second base – out of breath, a bit scuffed up, and like I had taken something I wasn’t supposed to have.  A break. The previous few weeks had been a
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The Two Most Dangerous Words

“Yes, but…” Two of the most dangerous words in a minister’s vocabulary. Two of the most destructive words a congregation will ever utter. “Yes, but…” The order of their utterance is important. First we say “YES. I agree. We agree. This is true and right. It is right that people
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Marketing Love

Did you watch the Super Bowl on Sunday night? Not only did we have a thrilling game and an extravagant half-time show, but the commercials were a focal point of the night as they always are. The Super Bowl is the one night of the year when I actually want to watch the commercials. Wit
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Time to Rethink Everything

By Jim Kitchens CHC Consultant When I was the pastor of Second Presbyterian in Nashville, one of my friends was the pastor of a thriving tall steeple United Methodist church in town. It was the sort of church that might lead some of the rest of us to struggle with the sin of envy. Its
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Let’s Share This Mess

It doesn’t happen every day, but sometimes I buckle down and cook dinner for my husband and three teenagers. It’s a lot of effort, but it’s almost always worth it and, at least the way I cook, it always makes a mess. If I get stuck with the responsibility for figuring out what to cook
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