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The Nature and Importance of ‘Gospel Literacy’ in the Local Church.

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Significant discussion is occurring about the question “what is the Gospel?” Keller’s recent book “Center Church” devotes its first several chapters essentially to defining Gospel. At first it seems surprising that 2000 years after Jesus we still find ourselves debating such a question. Surely Christian leaders would have sorted out this most significant issue centuries […]

“Take up and Read” – Is Augustine’s Path to Faith Still Effective Today?

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Late in the summer of 386 Augustine was sitting in a garden in Milan and by chance he heard a child chanting: “Take it and read it; take it and read it.” He picked up what was nearby, Paul’s Letter to the Romans, and began reading Romans 13:13–14, “Let us behave decently, as in the […]

Welcome at the Table?

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For centuries, Protestant Christian groups have debated various questions surrounding the observance of the Lord’s Supper, including the question of qualifications for personal participation. The necessity of a person’s baptism as prerequisite to participation in the Lord’s Supper has long been an assumed fact, especially among Baptist groups who trace their lineage to the English […]

Fit to Serve and Serve Again?

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FIT TO SERVE AND SERVE AGAIN?  Biblical and Theological Foundations That Inform and Define a Policy of Potential Pastoral Leadership Restoration After Significant Moral Failure A theological resource paper prepared for Fellowship Pacific, September 2012