Understanding the Easily Offended

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WARNING OFFENDEDAll of us have experienced that person in our lives – the one who is easily offended. It seems that no matter what we do, we cannot seem to please them, and we’re constantly doing “damage control.” In time, we can grow discouraged or impatient with such people. After all, it’s almost as if the person looks for ways to be offended! They are slow to change and quick to criticize. That kind of person is hard to win and hard to befriend. And in the context of the church, that person becomes virtually impossible to disciple because they resist challenge, deflect confrontation, ignore the Scriptures, and then… they bite.… Continue reading

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An Open Letter to Seminary Students

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Men,

I love you, even if I don’t know you. I love you because you have chosen to do a veryletter hard thing for the very best reason. I love you because you have given your life to being prepared to be excellent at a job for which you will be underpaid. I love you because I love the Church and she needs you.

It is for that last reason that I love you, that I love the Church and that she needs you that I am writing this letter. In the past year, the little church plant I pastor turned a corner, we went from drawing down the seed money the Lord graciously provided, to operating, very modestly, in the black.… Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Dr. Erb!

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4292_86233856635_2319671_nScripture reminds us to give honor to those deserving of honor (Romans 13:7; Proverbs 3:27;  Romans 12:10; 1 Peter 2:17). Yesterday, one of the most influential men in my life, apart from members of my own family, celebrated his birthday. I wasn’t able to party with him, so I’ve decided to take a bit of a departure from what would be a typical Parking Space 23 post and share a personal note of gratitude to Dr. Clayton Erb.

This year marks 37 years of Dr. Clayton Erb serving as the Minister of Music at Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California.… Continue reading

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Hitchhikers Guide to Inerrancy and Preaching

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There has been more written about Biblical inerrancy over the last 150 years than any other theological topic. Condensing it all into a coherent and precise article probably, as George Washington noted when he became Commander in Chief of the Continental Army, “requires more ability than I am master of.” But since Ford Prefect is tied up with the Galaxy part, I’ll do my best to guide you through the current terrain of Inerrancy.

HHGWhy, is this important, you ask? Well, because many of you preach (or listen to preaching) every week and preaching and inerrancy are intractably linked.

Evangelical Christianity rather uniquely applies preaching as the means to understand the text on which “all things pertaining to life and godliness” are based (2 Pet 1:3–4).… Continue reading

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Church Discipline in Church History (Conclusion)

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 ConclusionNote: This is the conclusion to a four part series addressing the practice of Church Discipline over the course of the life of the Church. The previous posts may be accessed in order here, here, and here.

Perhaps one of the most significant changes in the landscape of the Protestant Reformation by the time of the 19th century was the various expressions of the faith which had come into their own. For example, the Baptists had grown from the Anabaptists and English Separatists of the Continental as well as English Reformations.1 These early Baptists held that church discipline was a practice necessary within a redeemed community and applied the practice rigorously in the New World which makes them a good starting place for examining the practice of church discipline and restoration in the contemporary church.… Continue reading

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