Everyday Introductions

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“The good news for the members of the graduating class who plan to enter the ordained ministry is that you don’t have to invent your own Gospel. All of the church hopes you will be imaginative and resourceful. It doesn’t expect you to be original. Actually, it rather...

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Tags: education, visitors, essentials, sunday school, john jones

An Appeal for Scripture Memorization

Posted by Howard VanderGriend on

I have come, somewhat late in life, to have discovered an interesting truth and blessing in the Bible, something that is encouraged all through scripture and yet something most of us (myself included) usually largely ignore. It is something that we greatly encourage our children to do and yet as...

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The Centrality of Africa

Posted by Dr. Dan Steere on

The Centrality of Africa We Americans tend to take a Western view of the history of the Church. And, as Reformed believers, our focus on the Reformation can cause us to view all of Church History through that lens. However, we need to remember the Protestant Reformation took place some 1,500...

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Tags: church history, north africa, dan steere, western christian theology

In Him, In Him, In Him

Posted by Eric Mullinax on

Over the past weekend, I joined a large television audience to watch the USGA golf championship taking place in Carmel, California. There was much to admire in the telecast. The course, itself, is stunningly beautiful as it stretches along cliffs adjacent to the Pacific Ocean. Aggressive...

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Too Much Preaching

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Every aspect of a sermon is of great interest to me: proposition, structure, language, tone, illustration, delivery, even sermon length. Wesley confessed that he preached for three hours on at least one occasion. Jonathan Edwards preached more than a handful of two hour sermons. Calvin, it would...

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Music Camp

Posted by Jeremy Gaines on

Music Camp 176 campers, along with 70 teachers and helpers, have converged upon CPC’s campus this week, working together to prepare for a musical in one week’s time. Days have been filled with singing, drama, recess, crafts, Bible class, and snacks. It has taken time and effort from...

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Tags: music, service, vocation, jeremy gaines

It's Good for You That They Are Better than You.

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On Sunday, I shared I had just returned from a visit in Southern California and caught myself thinking of the poem of Suzanne Lummis, “Shangri-La,” in which she contends that Los Angelinos are always young, always suntanned, and always “real,” that LA is inside a...

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Tags: holiness, humility, measurement, john jones

Our Messy Brokenness

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“Blessed be my rich Lord Jesus, who sendeth not away beggars from his house with a toom [empty] dish. He filleth the vessels of such as will come and seek. We might beg ourselves rich (if we were wise), if we could but hold out our withered hands to Christ, and learn to suit and seek, ask...

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Tags: suffering, comfort, brokenness, jake bennett

Book Recommendations

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Book Recommendations Books of all kinds are, for me, a source of delight, books both old and new. Many age-old Christian authors have impacted my theological perspectives and have served as wise counselors. I occasionally joke that some of my best friends have been dead for over 400 years!...

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Home

Posted by Eric Mullinax on

I’ve been thinking about “home”. Several things seem to be prompting these thoughts: recently reconnecting with life-long friends in planning our 50th High School Graduation Reunion, yesterday’s conversation with my 95 year old Aunt Martha (the only living sibling of my...

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