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Do All Dogs Go to Heaven?

Author: Geoff AshleyCategory: Theology

I never lost a pet as a child. My sister had a few hampsters, one quite homicidal and somewhat cannibalistic, that eventually passed away, but I only had Simon. Simon was a big but gentle boxer that my brother and I got when I was about five. He was part of the family (in a loose sense) until I was about seventeen.

Legalism

Author: Matt ChandlerCategory: General

For the last 3 years, I have been working with our leadership to revise our membership covenant. The one we were operating under was ambiguous at best and was a worthless document when it came to teaching what God has asked of us as His people. The goal was to revise the covenant to be a teaching document and a tool for self evaluation in regards to progressive sanctification.

Thoughts Concerning Seminary

Author: Matt ChandlerCategory: General

I have been asked recently about what my thoughts are concerning seminary and why I never finished. I have found this to be a very polarizing subject where people put me in the camp of those who think that seminary is unnecessary or put me into the other camp that thinks scholarship isn't important for the pastorate.

Audrey is 6

Author: Matt ChandlerCategory: General

Every year for Audrey's birthday I write her a letter and take her out on a date This is the letter she got for her 6th birthday. Audrey, Happy 6th Birthday Boo! What a great year we were given. Mom and I were talking about how it seems like yesterday that we were driving you home from Arlington Medical Center.

On the Road Again

Author: Matt ChandlerCategory: General

February - April is conference time in the Evangelical world, and I am spending a lot more time in airplanes and hotel rooms than usual. Last week it kicked off for me at Leadership Network's Innovation 3 Conference. I thought the invitation to speak at a conference entitled "Innovation" was somewhat ironic because I have never been called, considered or even attempted to be innovative.

Response to Culture & Theology

Author: Matt ChandlerCategory: General

On Friday night we hosted a Culture & Theology event titled, "Politics and the Gospel." It was an interesting night full of robust dialogue. The majority of the feedback I received has been positive, but there have been a few who shared their concerns. Honestly, I appreciate and desire to hear both. Below is a response I wrote to an e-mail from a Covenant Member. I wanted to publish the response ...

Weekly Musings

Author: Josh PattersonCategory: General

"Weekly musings on the gospel, depth and lesser realities" is how we are describing this blog. Fleeting moments of inspiration and insight are what we hope to capture. We'll seek for ways to express the pulsing ache in our hearts to grow deeper in the grace and truth of Christ, and an assortment of casual observations about life - the good, bad and ugly - will also find its way here.

Taking it With You

Author: Matt ChandlerCategory: General

Philippians 1:6: "And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ." Hebrews 10:23: "Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful." I could be wrong about what I'm about to post. I have given it some thought and decided I would write about it despite the fact that I usually do my ...

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