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Don't Forget the Most Important Question

Posted by Colby Kinser on

There's a young man that I've been discipling for over a year, now - not someone who is a part of our church family. We've gone through a few books together and are now walking through the Gospel of John. We simply read the next section, make observations, ask questions, and talk about how it...

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Tags: god, identity, jesus, jesús, son

Cartoon ... but who is the joke on?

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A pastor friend posted this cartoon recently: Of course, the point is a little pastoral revenge for the microscope some pastors find themselves under. (Not every pastor has a perfectly gracious congregation like I do!) But as I gave the cartoon a second thought, I realized that unintentionally...

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Tags: bible, literacy, ministry, pastor, word

Fishers of Men Are Sent

Posted by Cliff Coss on

A commission is an instruction, command, or duty given to a person or a group of people. For example, my brother, who is a sculptor, is commissioned to create a work of art made from a tree trunk using only chainsaws as his carving implements. When a customer commissions him to execute a...

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Tags: dei, discipleship, evangelism, fishers, missio, mission, sent

Boldness: An Aspect for Fishing for People

Posted by Cliff Coss on

The dictionary defines “boldness” as the willingness to take risks with confidence and courage. This word describes the way the Apostles declared Christ’s message of redemption after Pentecost. It first appears in the Apostles immediately after Pentecost and spread to...

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Tags: bold, boldness, discipleship, evangelism, fisher, mission

Some people are like closed countries

Posted by Colby Kinser on

In our last message, I mentioned the idea that some people are like closed countries. Let me put some more flesh on those bones. "Closed countries" are those countries that are closed to the Gospel. They do not grant missionary visas. They do not allow open proselytizing. It might be illegal...

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Tags: bless, disciplemaking, neighbor

But if He did ...

Posted by Colby Kinser on

I'm sure most of you (or all of you) have encountered someone who objected to the existence of God based on the constraints of science. They want proof of God's existence, and then proof that He has any interaction with humankind. Without proof, they claim, they cannot subscribe to the idea that...

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Tags: apologetics, evangelism, existence, god, love

Moral Outrage and Compassion

Posted by Colby Kinser on

One of the objections people have to God existing as described in the Bible is the suffering of the innocent through man's violence or natural disaster. If God is good, why does He allow these things to happen? Is He not strong enough? Is He not good enough? Let's skip for a second the argument...

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Tags: apologetics, compassion, doctrine, innocent, moral, outrage, suffering, theodicy

More Than We Realize

Posted by Colby Kinser on

A black man living in a upper middle class neighborhood pulls out a knife and threatens to kill his family. The cops are called, the man charges the police, and they are forced to shoot him twice, putting him in the hospital. What are you thinking? What images come to mind? What parts of the...

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Tags: judging, listening

Two Hats, One Noggin

Posted by Colby Kinser on

This Saturday, about an hour south of Atlanta, I will have the privilege of officiating the wedding of our goddaughter. This is very likely the closest I will ever come to performing the wedding of a daughter. We have known Ashley since she was 11 when we first moved to Dublin, GA. We quickly...

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Avenue of Life

Posted by Colby Kinser on

Last week, I had the pleasure of touring Avenue of Life, which serves the underserved and promotes the Gospel in the heart of Kansas City, KS. My goal was clear - to learn the logistics of one particular program and then quietly leave so that I didn't interrupt the work they do. I got quite a...

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Tags: assets, avenue, development, life, mercy, poverty, sustainability, fwe