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Be Harrison Ford

Author: Geoff AshleyCategory: Culture

I really like the movie “The Fugitive.” I know what you are thinking: “What’s not to like?” It has a unusually unkempt Harrison Ford, tough man Tommy Lee Jones, evil pharmaceutical companies (all apologies to my brother who works for a major pharmaceutical company) in bed with evil heart surgeons, it has guns, ambulances, trains, fake id’s, a one-armed man, prosthetics, and lines ...

Where Did We Get the Bible?

Author: Geoff AshleyCategory: Theology

I received the following questions from an e-mailer regarding the origin of Scripture and thought that an overview might be helpful to anyone who may occasionally read my blog. This is a very concise summary of these issues and should only serve as a primer for the study of bibliology. I am painting with very broad strokes here.

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 ...

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