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Fighting Confusion and Misrepresentation in the FIC

As a pastor in a Family Integrated Church, I grow weary of answering the same questions over and over again.  This is especially true when I have to answer the same questions by the same people!  Some people are either unwilling or unable to wrap their minds around the FIC concept.  I can’t tell you how many times I’ve answered the, “Don’t you elevate the family above the church?” question, or the, “Doesn’t that just work with intact, single-income, upper middle class, highly educated white families?” question.  It also seems that every person who has an ...

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A Nation of Cowards?

I hate to say, “I TOLD YOU SO,” but I did tell you so.  In a November 5th blog, following the election of Barack Obama, I wrote:   The people have spoken.  Barack Hussein Obama has been elected the 44th President of the United States of America.  The Left Wing press is ecstatic, white guilt has been assuaged, Affirmative Action has been vindicated, and socialist Europe loves us again.  Now comes the rub... It ain’t over!  If you think this means that the “America is a racist society” crowd will have to shut up, you’ve got another thing coming ...

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An Apology to Steven Curtis Chapman

In a message last week, I made reference to the book, The Shack.  My goal was twofold.  First, I wanted to quote from the book and demonstrate how dangerous the theology presented therein has been to the body of Christ.  Second, I wanted to demonstrate how widespread the deception and heresy presented in The Shack has become by identifying some of the “big names” who have endorsed the book.  (for a look at the dangerous, insidious, heretical nature of The Shack, look here, and here)   Unfortunately, as I spoke, I juxtaposed the names of Steven Curtis Chapman and Michael W ...

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A Humbling Photo

A friend of mine at Desiring God Ministries sent me a photo the other day that brought tears to my eyes.  They were inside a maximum security prison shooting a documentary when a photographer came across what he thought was an interesting shot.  It was an inmate’s desk with a copy of the Bible and two other books.  Those two books were, The Ever Loving Truth, and Family Driven Faith.  I had preached in this particular prison before and sent several books in when I left.  This inmate was obviously one of the beneficiaries of that gift.  I am ...

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Nehemiah's Nursery: Part 1

If you’ve walked into a church service lately with a baby in your arms, chances are you are well aware of the new anti-child atmosphere that dominates much of the modern American church.  There are smiling men and women stationed at every door ready to “guide” you to the nursery where your child “will have a very enjoyable experience” and be cared for by the best childcare staff in the history of the universe.   Rebuff these helpful people and their smiles will soon be replaced with determined glares.  Things escalate slowly at first, but eventually the truth comes out ...

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Nehemiah's Nursery: Part 2

Children in Old Testament Gatherings Another major problem with the Nehemiah’s Nursery argument is that it is inconsistent with what we see in other Old Testament passages.  For example, Deuteronomy 31 paints quite a different picture than the one suggested by nursery advocates: “Assemble the people, men, women, and little ones, and the sojourner within your towns, that they may hear and learn to fear the LORD your God, and be careful to do all the words of this law, and that their children, who have not known it, may hear and learn to fear the LORD your God ...

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VBM Web Update

When Family Driven Faith was released in 2007 we were overwhelmed by the response.  I tend to be rather optimistic, but I did not think there were tens of thousands of people waiting for a book like Family Driven Faith.  Since then, I have been overwhelmed by the stories, testimonies, and expressions of thanks from around the world.  So many people found in that book a message their hearts had yearned for.  There have certainly been detractors, but that is to be expected.  Anytime a man opens his mouth to confront the cultural norm (especially in the church), there will ...

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