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Baptism and the Formation of Youth

08/27/2015

At the July gathering of The Ekklesia Project I presented a paper about baptism and how it impacts how churches disciple their youth. This…

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The witness of Selah Brielle Apple

04/15/2015

I am honored to be close friends with a family that loves the Lord enough to welcome a child into this world who had no chance of…

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Think Christian

07/22/2014

Tired of browsing social media and failing to find something that actually engages and enriches your mind? 

Think Christian stands…

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The Christian Declaration of Dependence

07/04/2014

A timely excerpt from John Howard Yoder:

“All men are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights,” according to…

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Genesis - A Missionary Manifesto?

07/01/2014

I've begun writing a commentary on Genesis for a new series: Polis Bible Commentary. This series pairs a Bible scholar with an urban…

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Believers Baptism and the Formation of Youth

07/10/2015  Unpublished

At the 2015 Ekklesia Project gathering, Debra Dean Murphy and I presented papers on how the practice of baptism impacts the way our congregations apporach the formation of youth. Debra represented the infant baptist perspective and I represented the believers church perspective.

The goal of these presentations was not to debate when people ought to be baptized but to foster understanding of each baptismal tradition. Too often people belittle specific traditions without understanding them on their own terms. These papers shed helpful light on both traditions. 

This is my presentation. It is also available at the Ekklesia Project website along with Debra's presentation and a podcast of the entire session. 

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Resting in God's Strength

04/14/2015  Sermons

Twenty weeks after conception, Selah Brielle Apple was diagnosed with Potter's Syndrome. She would not be able to survive outside her mother's womb. Darcie and Ryan Apple had a choice to make. They could carry their child full term, knowing it would die shortly after birth, or they could terminate the pregnancy and spare their family several months of anguish. They chose suffering love. This sermon bears witness to Selah's short but amazing life.

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Time for another Purge?

07/22/2014  Think Christian

In this brief article I bring the theme of sacrifice as portrayed in the horror film, The Purge, in conversation with the Bible story, the work of Christ, and the Christian walk.

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