Reaching Out Beyond our Reach

Saturday’s Neighborhood Picnic has the potential to be a very exciting event for our church family and broader neighborhood. Church members have helped pass out almost 250 invitations in the streets closest to our building, and it sounds like many families plan to attend. If nothing else, our desire is

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Loving our Enemies with Uncle Sam’s Help

Of the numerous items in the news today, two may have a strategic kingdom connection, namely, the printing of the economic stimulus checks and the continuing efforts to bring aid to the Myanmar cyclone victims. On the one hand, we have the most prosperous nation in the world giving it’s

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Why Host a Neighborhood Picnic?

One of my consistent personal motivators for ministry is our house’s proximity to a Jehovah Witnesses’ Kingdom Hall. As I ascend the stairs to my back yard office, I frequently see the “Witnesses” gathering to head out for door-to-door knocking as they offer literature and home Bible studies. Their commitment

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The Unwritten Book I Need to Read

Fiction writing has never been my strong point, so when I thought of an idea for a new book, I realized quickly that the best I could do is describe the work and hope that the point gets across. The name would be something like, “A History of Pleasures Forevermore:

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Brightening the Gospel Bulb

During my university days I attended a church that constantly called us to “preach the gospel to yourself.” You can imagine all the puzzled responses I had to that mantra, and hopefully sympathize with the fact that it took me about 10 years to begin piecing together what the pastor

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The People of God: A “Wonderful Fantasy Land?”

In last Friday’s Wall Street Journal, Donna Freitas revealed some of the startling survey results from her new book, “Sex and the Soul: Juggling Sexuality, Spirituality, Romance & Religion on America’s College Campuses.” Her findings should stir up at least three responses in the church: we should grieve, hope, and

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Core Value: Awed

We prayerfully seek to be awed by the glory of God and the mercy of the gospel. This is the final article which will outline our core values at Whitton Avenue Bible Church. We began with six core values that a number of you graciously helped refine, and as I

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Core Value: Holiness

We prayerfully seek to foster an atmosphere of joy-filled holiness by pointing each other to the promises of God in response to the promises of the world. The holiness of God is his complete “otherness” or transcendence. In the Old Testament, Israel’s God was distinguished from the gods of the

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Core Value: Safe

We prayerfully seek to provide a safe environment in which the vulnerable can grow in the faith and in which the hurting and abused can experience God’s love and healing. As we begin 2008 I am eager to use the first three articles of the new year to finish the

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Core Value: Spread

We prayerfully seek to spread this kingdom proclamation and portrayal in our immediate neighborhood and as God leads us in our city, country, and world. As we continue walking through our proposed core values at Whitton Avenue, this week’s value qualifies the previous two, namely, our call to proclaim and

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Core Value: Portray

We prayerfully seek to portray the gospel of the kingdom through acts of mercy, the pursuit of justice for the oppressed, and a church community that reflects the multi-varied nature of the kingdom of God. In our study of the kingdom of God we saw that the kingdom is God’s

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Core Value: Proclaim

We prayerfully seek to proclaim the gospel of the kingdom with creativity, urgency, personal appeal, love, and reliance on God to draw sinners to himself. This is one of our core values that correspond with the “reaching out” part of our mission statement, along with portraying the gospel of the

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Core Value: Shaped

Two weeks ago I used this space to share some core values that we hope will more clearly define how our beliefs influence our direction as a church. I have received some feedback on these and continue to invite your input regarding how accurately these describe our identity and direction.

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